Another Defeat For Glasgow

Glasgow 18, Llanelli Scarlets 31Glasgow's woes continued tonight with another defeat. Llanelli Scarlets won the Celtic League match at Hughenden by a comfortable margin, though the try-count ended only 3-2 to the visitors" advantage, and Glasgow remain anchored at the foot of the table.Not even the return of Glasgow's World Cup contingent could advance the cause. Llanelli benefited more from their own bolstered resources after the antipodean venture.Midway in the first half Llanelli led 15-3 after John Davies's try, the visitors" second. Twice thereafter Glasgow clawed the margin back to five points, but overall the game flow was dictated by Stephen Jones and the Llanelli forwards, notably Simon Easterby and Dafydd Jones.Afterwards, Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's coach, was drawn to comment on how the difference was that Llanelli were sharper and more clinical in much of their game. He pointed also to how quality possession had been a rare commodity in Glasgow hands.Llanelli were adept at making muscle count in that respect. The Glasgow forwards were not allowed to function effectively in either scrummage or lineout, and it was only late on that they at last turned on the screws to drive over for a Joe Beardshaw try.Llanelli laid down a marker early on by running the game at Glasgow, making light of the wet conditions. Stephen Jones missed a penalty shot at goal, but from the restart Llanelli swung the ball from right to left for Tal Selley to run in for the try.Calvin Howarth responded with a penalty goal. But in six minutes midway in the first half the Llanelli pack's power squeezed out 10 points for a 15-3 cushion. Stephen Jones kicked a penalty goal and then added a conversion after percussion driving by the forwards before John Davies ploughed over.After half and hour, however, Graeme Beveridge and Howarth prised open enough space on the blind side of a maul on the left for Sean Lamont to charge over in typical fashion. Howarth added the conversion, cutting Llaneli's lead to 15-10, and after a penalty exchange between Jones and Howarth the margin was still five points at the interval. Andy Henderson, with a rare thrusting run, procured the position for that Howarth goal.Two more penalty goals by Jones, bracketing a Howarth miss, eased Llanelli to 24-13 after 56 minutes, and the game had gone from Glasgow after an hour when the visitors" stand-off kicked a touchline conversion after Lee Byrne had been sent over on the left.In last quarter, a credit to Glasgow's revived resilience, the only score was Beardshaw's try. Andy Hall set it up with his lineout take, and the pack, compact for once, drove over for the replacement lock to score.Now the rugby business turns to the more severe tests in Europe. Glasgow's next game - in eight days" time - is the Parker Pen Challenge Cup tie against Montpellier in the south of France.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Euan Murray, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (captain), Jon Petrie, Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Gareth Maclure for Morrison (63 minutes), Calvin Howarth for Parks (63), Roland Reid for Petrie (70), Andrew Kelly for Harrison (70), Joe Beardshaw for Ross (71).Tries, Lamont, Beardshaw; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (2).Llanelli - Barry Davies; Garan Evans, Tal Selley, Matthew Watkins, Salesi Finau; Stephen Jones, Dwayne Peel; Iestyn Thomas, Robin McBryde, John Davies, Vernon Cooper (captain), Chris Wyatt, Dafydd Jones, Scott Quinnell, Simon Easterby. Substitutes - Lee Byrne for Selley (32), Mike Phillips for Pell (45), Phil John for John Davies (69), Adam Jones for Wyatt (78).Tries, Selley, Davies, Byrne; conversions, Jones (2); penalty goals, Jones (4).Referee - Alan Lewis (Ireland).Glasgow 18, Llanelli Scarlets 31Glasgow's woes continued tonight with another defeat. Llanelli Scarlets won the Celtic League match at Hughenden by a comfortable margin, though the try-count ended only 3-2 to the visitors" advantage, and Glasgow remain anchored at the foot of the table.Not even the return of Glasgow's World Cup contingent could advance the cause. Llanelli benefited more from their own bolstered resources after the antipodean venture.Midway in the first half Llanelli led 15-3 after John Davies's try, the visitors" second. Twice thereafter Glasgow clawed the margin back to five points, but overall the game flow was dictated by Stephen Jones and the Llanelli forwards, notably Simon Easterby and Dafydd Jones.Afterwards, Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's coach, was drawn to comment on how the difference was that Llanelli were sharper and more clinical in much of their game. He pointed also to how quality possession had been a rare commodity in Glasgow hands.Llanelli were adept at making muscle count in that respect. The Glasgow forwards were not allowed to function effectively in either scrummage or lineout, and it was only late on that they at last turned on the screws to drive over for a Joe Beardshaw try.Llanelli laid down a marker early on by running the game at Glasgow, making light of the wet conditions. Stephen Jones missed a penalty shot at goal, but from the restart Llanelli swung the ball from right to left for Tal Selley to run in for the try.Calvin Howarth responded with a penalty goal. But in six minutes midway in the first half the Llanelli pack's power squeezed out 10 points for a 15-3 cushion. Stephen Jones kicked a penalty goal and then added a conversion after percussion driving by the forwards before John Davies ploughed over.After half and hour, however, Graeme Beveridge and Howarth prised open enough space on the blind side of a maul on the left for Sean Lamont to charge over in typical fashion. Howarth added the conversion, cutting Llaneli's lead to 15-10, and after a penalty exchange between Jones and Howarth the margin was still five points at the interval. Andy Henderson, with a rare thrusting run, procured the position for that Howarth goal.Two more penalty goals by Jones, bracketing a Howarth miss, eased Llanelli to 24-13 after 56 minutes, and the game had gone from Glasgow after an hour when the visitors" stand-off kicked a touchline conversion after Lee Byrne had been sent over on the left.In last quarter, a credit to Glasgow's revived resilience, the only score was Beardshaw's try. Andy Hall set it up with his lineout take, and the pack, compact for once, drove over for the replacement lock to score.Now the rugby business turns to the more severe tests in Europe. Glasgow's next game - in eight days" time - is the Parker Pen Challenge Cup tie against Montpellier in the south of France.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Euan Murray, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (captain), Jon Petrie, Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Gareth Maclure for Morrison (63 minutes), Calvin Howarth for Parks (63), Roland Reid for Petrie (70), Andrew Kelly for Harrison (70), Joe Beardshaw for Ross (71).Tries, Lamont, Beardshaw; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (2).Llanelli - Barry Davies; Garan Evans, Tal Selley, Matthew Watkins, Salesi Finau; Stephen Jones, Dwayne Peel; Iestyn Thomas, Robin McBryde, John Davies, Vernon Cooper (captain), Chris Wyatt, Dafydd Jones, Scott Quinnell, Simon Easterby. Substitutes - Lee Byrne for Selley (32), Mike Phillips for Pell (45), Phil John for John Davies (69), Adam Jones for Wyatt (78).Tries, Selley, Davies, Byrne; conversions, Jones (2); penalty goals, Jones (4).Referee - Alan Lewis (Ireland).