Glasgow'S Narrow Victory Against Newcastle

Glasgow 22, Newcastle Falcons 19Glasgow's victory was narrow against Newcastle Falcons at Hughenden this pleasant evening. Yet Hugh Campbell, the home head coach, saw enough from which to derive satisfaction in the last warm-up match before the real business begins in the Celtic League with the Hughenden match against Cardiff in two weeks time."We got better as the game went on," the coach observed. Glasgow recovered from the loss of an early try to lead by 15-5 at half-time and again by 10 points with little more than 10 minutes left.He was also pleased with performances of new, young members of the squad: 'some young guys put their hands up to say: "Look at me"." Though reluctant to name names, the coach marked Graeme Morrison's game as "outstanding" and pointed to David Millard as another who 'did well."Morrison was not only involved in the lead-up to Glasgow's first and third tries. The outside centre's pace and strength often severely tested the opposition, and his tackling had the mark of finality in it. Yet here was a young back playing only his second game as a professional after his debut in the defeat at Gloucester last week. Less than two months ago the pinnacle of his rugby career had been Scotland's campaign in the Under-21 World Cup.Hugh Campbell was also satisfied with the way the two warm-up games had gone in the past eight days, despite the 28-12 defeat at Gloucester. His interest was that Glasgow had been tested by quality opposition.Calvin Howarth scored two of Glasgow's three tries tonight as well as kicking two conversions and a penalty. Alan Bulloch had the other try. Newcastle matched that in all but the penalty, with an early try by Michael Stephenson and two second-half tries and conversions by Ben Gollings.Early on, Glasgow could not exploit a thrust by Sean Lamont and Morrison into the left corner. Instead, Stephenson scored for the Falcons in 13 minutes by slicing too easily through from 35 metres, but 10 minutes later surges by Morrison and Matt Proudfoot laid the ground for Howarth's first try.Howarth missed the conversion. However, nine minutes later the stand-off added the goal points to Bulloch's try, a score that completed a heavy bout of percussion on the Newcastle goal-line, and just before the interval Howarth kicked a penalty for 15-5.A break by Alex Cadwallader opened the way for Gollings to cut Glasgow's lead back to three-points. The threats, though, tended to be the other way, most notably when Roland Reid, Stuart Moffat, and Reid again launched Glasgow into the left corner and Morrison tested the opposition in front of their posts.Nothing came of that, though another Morrison thrust was at the root of Glasgow's one second-half try. Where the centre was stopped Kenny Sinclair switched to the right for Bulloch to send Howarth in.Howarth converted from well out on the right for 22-12, but Newcastle turned the screws in the closing minutes. A Phil Godman break created the second try for Gollings, but that was as close as Newcastle were allowed.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Gareth Maclure, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Sam Pinder; Euan Murray, Simon Gunn, Matt Proudfoot, Andrew Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (captain), Donnie Macfadyen, Paul Dearlove. Replacements - Joe Beardshaw, Lee Harrison, Andrew Kelly, Scott Lawson, Rory McKay, David Millard, Roland Reid, Kenny Sinclair, Jon Steel, Andrew Wilson. Scorers - Tries, Howarth (2), Bulloch; conversions, Howarth (2); penalty, Howarth.Newcastle Falcons" scorers - Tries, Ben Gollings (2), Michael Stephenson; conversions, Gollings (2).Referee - Iain Ramage (Berwick).Glasgow 22, Newcastle Falcons 19Glasgow's victory was narrow against Newcastle Falcons at Hughenden this pleasant evening. Yet Hugh Campbell, the home head coach, saw enough from which to derive satisfaction in the last warm-up match before the real business begins in the Celtic League with the Hughenden match against Cardiff in two weeks time."We got better as the game went on," the coach observed. Glasgow recovered from the loss of an early try to lead by 15-5 at half-time and again by 10 points with little more than 10 minutes left.He was also pleased with performances of new, young members of the squad: 'some young guys put their hands up to say: "Look at me"." Though reluctant to name names, the coach marked Graeme Morrison's game as "outstanding" and pointed to David Millard as another who 'did well."Morrison was not only involved in the lead-up to Glasgow's first and third tries. The outside centre's pace and strength often severely tested the opposition, and his tackling had the mark of finality in it. Yet here was a young back playing only his second game as a professional after his debut in the defeat at Gloucester last week. Less than two months ago the pinnacle of his rugby career had been Scotland's campaign in the Under-21 World Cup.Hugh Campbell was also satisfied with the way the two warm-up games had gone in the past eight days, despite the 28-12 defeat at Gloucester. His interest was that Glasgow had been tested by quality opposition.Calvin Howarth scored two of Glasgow's three tries tonight as well as kicking two conversions and a penalty. Alan Bulloch had the other try. Newcastle matched that in all but the penalty, with an early try by Michael Stephenson and two second-half tries and conversions by Ben Gollings.Early on, Glasgow could not exploit a thrust by Sean Lamont and Morrison into the left corner. Instead, Stephenson scored for the Falcons in 13 minutes by slicing too easily through from 35 metres, but 10 minutes later surges by Morrison and Matt Proudfoot laid the ground for Howarth's first try.Howarth missed the conversion. However, nine minutes later the stand-off added the goal points to Bulloch's try, a score that completed a heavy bout of percussion on the Newcastle goal-line, and just before the interval Howarth kicked a penalty for 15-5.A break by Alex Cadwallader opened the way for Gollings to cut Glasgow's lead back to three-points. The threats, though, tended to be the other way, most notably when Roland Reid, Stuart Moffat, and Reid again launched Glasgow into the left corner and Morrison tested the opposition in front of their posts.Nothing came of that, though another Morrison thrust was at the root of Glasgow's one second-half try. Where the centre was stopped Kenny Sinclair switched to the right for Bulloch to send Howarth in.Howarth converted from well out on the right for 22-12, but Newcastle turned the screws in the closing minutes. A Phil Godman break created the second try for Gollings, but that was as close as Newcastle were allowed.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Gareth Maclure, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Sam Pinder; Euan Murray, Simon Gunn, Matt Proudfoot, Andrew Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (captain), Donnie Macfadyen, Paul Dearlove. Replacements - Joe Beardshaw, Lee Harrison, Andrew Kelly, Scott Lawson, Rory McKay, David Millard, Roland Reid, Kenny Sinclair, Jon Steel, Andrew Wilson. Scorers - Tries, Howarth (2), Bulloch; conversions, Howarth (2); penalty, Howarth.Newcastle Falcons" scorers - Tries, Ben Gollings (2), Michael Stephenson; conversions, Gollings (2).Referee - Iain Ramage (Berwick).