Glasgow End Season On A High Note

Glasgow 23, The Borders 10Glasgow ended an up-and-down season on a high today. Not only were a triumvirate of new coaches named this morning, but on the Hughenden field this evening the players responded with victory against the Borders in miserably dank weather, with teaming rainfall throughout the contest.As a result, it altered nothing in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup. As a performance, it was both a reminder of what might have been and a statement of what could be under new management next season.Victory was also a fitting farewell to two key players, Andy Nicol and Jason White - one a former Scotland captain, the other a national leader in waiting. Nicol, Glasgow's captain for the past four year, bid adieu with a cameo of 10 minutes as a replacement at the end of the game, and White, soon to depart to Sale Sharks, had done enough in leading Glasgow to a happy finale before he was replaced late in the second half. The crowd, though less numerous than usual, were as warm in their applause for White's departure as for Nicol's arrival on the pitch.It was also the occasion for Barry Irving to remind the Hughenden faithful of what had been hidden for the past eight. Even though this was his first game of the season, the stand-off was quietly in control with hand and boot. His punt placements were regularly spot on for Glasgow's benefit, and he also kicked five goals from seven attempts - two conversions and three penalty goals.Two of Irving's colleagues, Rory Kerr and Rory McKay, both with little more rugby than the stand-off in Glasgow's ranks this season, enjoyed the occasion as well. Kerr had an early try as well as persistently threatening, both on his left-wing domain and in seeking work elsewhere, earning the Bank of Scotland man-of-the-match award, and McKay was a ubiquitous all-rounder.An Irving penalty goal was the opening score after just four minutes, and as Glasgow continued to hammer away in the Borders" zone, Kerr sailed through off Andy Henderson's inside pass six minutes later. Irving added the conversion as well as a penalty goal that took Glasgow to 13-0 in 24 minutes.Glasgow lost concentration late in the first half, allowing Gareth Morton scope to run through for a try that Paul Thomson converted, and immediately after the interval the prop added a penalty goal. When Thomson was replaced shortly afterwards we wondered who the Borders" next goal-kicker would be, but we did not have the chance to find out.Glasgow had an immediate reply to the prop's penalty goal when Graeme Beveridge poached a scrummage heel close to the Borders" goal-line for a try. The stand-off converted, and though the visitors" rarely threatened the 10-point margin, except when Stuart Moffat denied Shaun Longstaff in Glasgow's right corner, it was only late in the game that the home team finished as they had begun - with an Irving penalty goal. It was a simple one from inside the 22, the position set up by Glenn Metcalfe's kick and chase up the left flank.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Barry Irving, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Ben Daly, Lee Harrison, Jason White (captain), Nathan Ross, Roland Reid, Jon Petrie, Rory McKay. Substitutes - Cameron Blades for Hilton (53 minutes), Andrew Hall for White (69), Gordon Bulloch for Daly (69), Glenn Metcalfe for Moffat (69), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (70).Tries, Kerr, Beveridge; conversions, Irving (2); penalty goals, Irving (3).Borders - Scott Paterson; Nikki Walker, Gareth Morton, Jon Stuart, Craig Moir; Stephen Cranston, Gary Armstrong (captain); Paul Thomson, Steve Scott, Bruce Douglas, Doddie Weir, Colin Stewart, Andy Rennick, Campbell Feather, Tony Walker. Substitutes - George Graham for Thomson (44), Shaun Longstaff for Cranston (51), Iain Fairley for Armstrong (51), Cammie Murray for Walker (62), Simon Gunn for Scott (65), Scott MacLeod for Stewart (65).Try, Morton; conversion, Thomson; penalty goal, Thomson.Referee - Martin Fox (England).Glasgow 23, The Borders 10Glasgow ended an up-and-down season on a high today. Not only were a triumvirate of new coaches named this morning, but on the Hughenden field this evening the players responded with victory against the Borders in miserably dank weather, with teaming rainfall throughout the contest.As a result, it altered nothing in the Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby Cup. As a performance, it was both a reminder of what might have been and a statement of what could be under new management next season.Victory was also a fitting farewell to two key players, Andy Nicol and Jason White - one a former Scotland captain, the other a national leader in waiting. Nicol, Glasgow's captain for the past four year, bid adieu with a cameo of 10 minutes as a replacement at the end of the game, and White, soon to depart to Sale Sharks, had done enough in leading Glasgow to a happy finale before he was replaced late in the second half. The crowd, though less numerous than usual, were as warm in their applause for White's departure as for Nicol's arrival on the pitch.It was also the occasion for Barry Irving to remind the Hughenden faithful of what had been hidden for the past eight. Even though this was his first game of the season, the stand-off was quietly in control with hand and boot. His punt placements were regularly spot on for Glasgow's benefit, and he also kicked five goals from seven attempts - two conversions and three penalty goals.Two of Irving's colleagues, Rory Kerr and Rory McKay, both with little more rugby than the stand-off in Glasgow's ranks this season, enjoyed the occasion as well. Kerr had an early try as well as persistently threatening, both on his left-wing domain and in seeking work elsewhere, earning the Bank of Scotland man-of-the-match award, and McKay was a ubiquitous all-rounder.An Irving penalty goal was the opening score after just four minutes, and as Glasgow continued to hammer away in the Borders" zone, Kerr sailed through off Andy Henderson's inside pass six minutes later. Irving added the conversion as well as a penalty goal that took Glasgow to 13-0 in 24 minutes.Glasgow lost concentration late in the first half, allowing Gareth Morton scope to run through for a try that Paul Thomson converted, and immediately after the interval the prop added a penalty goal. When Thomson was replaced shortly afterwards we wondered who the Borders" next goal-kicker would be, but we did not have the chance to find out.Glasgow had an immediate reply to the prop's penalty goal when Graeme Beveridge poached a scrummage heel close to the Borders" goal-line for a try. The stand-off converted, and though the visitors" rarely threatened the 10-point margin, except when Stuart Moffat denied Shaun Longstaff in Glasgow's right corner, it was only late in the game that the home team finished as they had begun - with an Irving penalty goal. It was a simple one from inside the 22, the position set up by Glenn Metcalfe's kick and chase up the left flank.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Barry Irving, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Ben Daly, Lee Harrison, Jason White (captain), Nathan Ross, Roland Reid, Jon Petrie, Rory McKay. Substitutes - Cameron Blades for Hilton (53 minutes), Andrew Hall for White (69), Gordon Bulloch for Daly (69), Glenn Metcalfe for Moffat (69), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (70).Tries, Kerr, Beveridge; conversions, Irving (2); penalty goals, Irving (3).Borders - Scott Paterson; Nikki Walker, Gareth Morton, Jon Stuart, Craig Moir; Stephen Cranston, Gary Armstrong (captain); Paul Thomson, Steve Scott, Bruce Douglas, Doddie Weir, Colin Stewart, Andy Rennick, Campbell Feather, Tony Walker. Substitutes - George Graham for Thomson (44), Shaun Longstaff for Cranston (51), Iain Fairley for Armstrong (51), Cammie Murray for Walker (62), Simon Gunn for Scott (65), Scott MacLeod for Stewart (65).Try, Morton; conversion, Thomson; penalty goal, Thomson.Referee - Martin Fox (England).