Glasgow Survive For Slender Victory

Glasgow 26, The Borders 25Glasgow survived for a narrow victory against The Borders in the Celtic League match at Hughenden this evening, but the bland scoreline could not define just how slender the margin was between winning and losing. In the final 12 minutes Gareth Morton missed three penalties, any one of which would have snatched victory for the visitors.Yet Glasgow merited their result, at least because they had just the occasional enterprising flourish as well as scoring two tries to The Borders" one. The home team also dug deep into their reserves of determination when the match seemed like slipping away, first when Morton's try and conversion took The Borders to 16-10 after half an hour and then when Clark Laidlaw's drop goal broke the interval deadlock early in the second half.It was a fractured contest punctuated by too many penalties, 18 against Glasgow._The game had no defined pattern, apart from the scoreline's fluctuations, which created a perverse form of excitement. Morton's late penalty misses added to the nervous tension. So did the sin-binning of his opposite number, Stuart Moffat, in the final quarter because of an allegedly late tackle on The Borders" full back himself.Morton scored all but three of the visitors" points with a try, a conversion, and five penalty goals. The first two of those goals, the second from halfway, bracketed one by Daniel Parks, giving The Borders a 6-3 lead after eight minutes.Parks then missed a penalty, but Glasgow went ahead in 14 minutes after Nathan Ross's initial thrust on the right. Moffat's deft offload on the left allowed Rory Kerr to send Sean Lamont in for the try, his second in successive matches. Parks added the goal points for 10-6.But the game then turned against Glasgow. Lamont was sin-binned, and during his absence Morton scored what was to be the visitors" only try, the opportunity set up when a Parks clearance was blocked. A penalty lineout then provided the scope for Clark Laidlaw to loop Jono Stuart for the full back to intrude at pace to score.Two penalty goals by Parks hauled Glasgow level at the interval. Kerr's slicing run created the position for the first, and the stand-off equalised shortly after Tony Walker had been shown a yellow card.Laidlaw's drop goal put The Borders ahead for the third time, but 15 minutes into the second half Glasgow so severely disrupted a scrummage that Roland Reid was presented with a 15-metre gallop for a try that Parks converted for 23-19.Twice Morton cut the margin back to one point with penalty goals, but between them Glasgow ought to have made the game safe with a try from a shallow kick to the right by Parks. Neither Andy Hall nor Joe Beardshaw could pounce on it before the ball bounced into touch-in-goal.Morton's fifth penalty goal was from 46 metres, not quite as long as his second, but even while Glasgow were surviving the traumatic final quarter of an hour they still had the spirit to try to create out of nothing. Under pressure, Hall and Kerr worked the ball from the right for Lamont to threaten with a long thrust on the left.But the memory of the match will be how Glasgow survived to win.Glasgow - 15 Stuart Moffat; 14 Rory Kerr, 13 Graeme Morrison, 12 Alan Bulloch, 11 Sean Lamont; 10 Daniel Parks, 9 Kenny Sinclair; 1 Matthew Proudfoot, 2 Scott Lawson, 3 Lee Harrison, 4 Andy Hall, 5 Nathan Ross, 6 Roland Reid, 8 Paul Dearlove (captain), 7 Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Joe Beardshaw for Ross (50 minutes), Euan Murray for Proudfoot (59), Simon Gunn for Lawson (63), Rory McKay for Dearlove (65-79).Tries, Lamont, Reid; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goals, Parks (4).The Borders - 15 Gareth Morton; 14 Craig Moir, 13 Jono Stuart, 12 Kevin Utterson, 11 Cammie Murray; 10 Clark Laidlaw, 9 Chris Cusiter; 1 Kelvin Todd, 2 Stevie Scott, 3 George Graham, 4 Doddie Weir, 5 Colin Stewart, 6 Andy Rennick, 8 Tony Walker, 7 Dan Kane. Substitutes - Scott Paterson for Moir (44), Ross Ford for Scott (50), Iain Fairley for Cusiter (63), Scott MacLeod for Weir (67).Try, Morton; conversion, Morton; penalty goals, Morton (5); drop goal, Laidlaw.Referee - Paul Adams (Wales).Attendance - 2712.Glasgow 26, The Borders 25Glasgow survived for a narrow victory against The Borders in the Celtic League match at Hughenden this evening, but the bland scoreline could not define just how slender the margin was between winning and losing. In the final 12 minutes Gareth Morton missed three penalties, any one of which would have snatched victory for the visitors.Yet Glasgow merited their result, at least because they had just the occasional enterprising flourish as well as scoring two tries to The Borders" one. The home team also dug deep into their reserves of determination when the match seemed like slipping away, first when Morton's try and conversion took The Borders to 16-10 after half an hour and then when Clark Laidlaw's drop goal broke the interval deadlock early in the second half.It was a fractured contest punctuated by too many penalties, 18 against Glasgow._The game had no defined pattern, apart from the scoreline's fluctuations, which created a perverse form of excitement. Morton's late penalty misses added to the nervous tension. So did the sin-binning of his opposite number, Stuart Moffat, in the final quarter because of an allegedly late tackle on The Borders" full back himself.Morton scored all but three of the visitors" points with a try, a conversion, and five penalty goals. The first two of those goals, the second from halfway, bracketed one by Daniel Parks, giving The Borders a 6-3 lead after eight minutes.Parks then missed a penalty, but Glasgow went ahead in 14 minutes after Nathan Ross's initial thrust on the right. Moffat's deft offload on the left allowed Rory Kerr to send Sean Lamont in for the try, his second in successive matches. Parks added the goal points for 10-6.But the game then turned against Glasgow. Lamont was sin-binned, and during his absence Morton scored what was to be the visitors" only try, the opportunity set up when a Parks clearance was blocked. A penalty lineout then provided the scope for Clark Laidlaw to loop Jono Stuart for the full back to intrude at pace to score.Two penalty goals by Parks hauled Glasgow level at the interval. Kerr's slicing run created the position for the first, and the stand-off equalised shortly after Tony Walker had been shown a yellow card.Laidlaw's drop goal put The Borders ahead for the third time, but 15 minutes into the second half Glasgow so severely disrupted a scrummage that Roland Reid was presented with a 15-metre gallop for a try that Parks converted for 23-19.Twice Morton cut the margin back to one point with penalty goals, but between them Glasgow ought to have made the game safe with a try from a shallow kick to the right by Parks. Neither Andy Hall nor Joe Beardshaw could pounce on it before the ball bounced into touch-in-goal.Morton's fifth penalty goal was from 46 metres, not quite as long as his second, but even while Glasgow were surviving the traumatic final quarter of an hour they still had the spirit to try to create out of nothing. Under pressure, Hall and Kerr worked the ball from the right for Lamont to threaten with a long thrust on the left.But the memory of the match will be how Glasgow survived to win.Glasgow - 15 Stuart Moffat; 14 Rory Kerr, 13 Graeme Morrison, 12 Alan Bulloch, 11 Sean Lamont; 10 Daniel Parks, 9 Kenny Sinclair; 1 Matthew Proudfoot, 2 Scott Lawson, 3 Lee Harrison, 4 Andy Hall, 5 Nathan Ross, 6 Roland Reid, 8 Paul Dearlove (captain), 7 Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Joe Beardshaw for Ross (50 minutes), Euan Murray for Proudfoot (59), Simon Gunn for Lawson (63), Rory McKay for Dearlove (65-79).Tries, Lamont, Reid; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goals, Parks (4).The Borders - 15 Gareth Morton; 14 Craig Moir, 13 Jono Stuart, 12 Kevin Utterson, 11 Cammie Murray; 10 Clark Laidlaw, 9 Chris Cusiter; 1 Kelvin Todd, 2 Stevie Scott, 3 George Graham, 4 Doddie Weir, 5 Colin Stewart, 6 Andy Rennick, 8 Tony Walker, 7 Dan Kane. Substitutes - Scott Paterson for Moir (44), Ross Ford for Scott (50), Iain Fairley for Cusiter (63), Scott MacLeod for Weir (67).Try, Morton; conversion, Morton; penalty goals, Morton (5); drop goal, Laidlaw.Referee - Paul Adams (Wales).Attendance - 2712.