Glasgow Through To European Second Round

Glasgow 38, Montpellier 13 (aggregate - 68-24)Glasgow swept into the second round of the Parker Pen Challenge Cup tonight with another comfortable win over Montpellier. Victory at home at Hughenden, with a try-count of 4-1, followed their success in Carcassonne six days ago.It goes almost without saying that each of those two games has successively been the most convincing Glasgow have had in playing European rugby against French clubs. Tonight's was the better performance in that it was more rounded, Glasgow looking a more complete team.Sean Lamont has particularly enjoyed the games against Montpellier, with a try in the first leg and then two this evening. He has now scored at least one try in each of Glasgow's past three matches. He has a hunger when he has the ball in hand.Andrew Henderson and Gordon Bulloch scored the other tries tonight, and Dan Parks added 18 points with three conversions and four penalty goals. His haul over the two matches amounted to 33 points.Glasgow, however, confined their best rugby to the middle half of the match. Their game was like a sandwich where the bread could be left aside for the tasty filling to be savoured.In all, though, over the two games Glasgow have produced rugby that has belied their position at the foot of the Celtic League. To score 30 or more points in any match against a French first-division club has to be respected.Despite the damp conditions, Gareth Maclure and Henderson relished playing off Dan Parks, especially in the two middle quarters of the contest. Add on the support play of the likes of Cameron Mather, Gordon Bulloch, and Donnie Macfadyen as well as Stuart Moffat's intrusion running and Lamont's forceful eagerness, Glasgow looked like a team intent on going places.Their lineout, the one major weakness in their game last week, was vastly improved, with Andy Hall the key provider. They had ample scope to score tries, the first just before half-time and three more in the third quarter. All were notched while Montpellier were short-handed, with first John Daniell and then Sebastien Buada in the sin-bin.Even when Glasgow were on the back foot they had the organisation and the steel to survive, conceding just one try. That was immediately after Sam Pinder had been shown a yellow card, and by then the result was far beyond doubt."Our defence was outstanding against a big, physical pack who were prepared to put in the occasional cheap shot," Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, remarked. His endnote was a reference to how Montpellier too often drifted into indiscipline.Yet it was Montpellier who struck first, swarming to the Glasgow 22 for Jeremy Valls to kick a simple penalty goal after only two minutes. Parks soon responded with two penalty goals to take Glasgow ahead after 16 minutes. Valls had another six minutes later, but again Parks hit two in reply.So Glasgow led 12-6 after 35 minutes, and the way the game was flowing a try was overdue. It came almost as soon as Daniell was yellow-carded. Nathan Ross galloped into the French 22, and though nothing came directly from that thrust Ross exploited a penalty lineout on the right for Lamont to score on the left. A loose pass almost thwarted that chance, but the wing snapped up the ball to squeeze in at the corner four minutes into added time. Parks kicked the touchline conversion, and Glasgow led 19-6 at the interval.Barely two minutes into the second half Lamont scored again, slipping away from 20 metres out from when nothing seemed on. Parks again converted.Montpellier, down by 20 points, 39 on aggregate, somehow found renewed heart and laid siege to the Glasgow line. However, the curtain-wall held, and Graeme Beveridge eventually thumped a clearance to appreciation almost as loud as the cheers for any of the tries.As soon as Buada had been sin-binned Glasgow grabbed two quick tries. Henderson sliced through off a short pass from Parks, who added the conversion, and two back-row forwards then opened the way for the final try. Mather charged through on a long run into the French 22, Jon Petrie almost made it to the line, and Parks fired a flat kick across to the right, where Bulloch caught the ball to score. The conversion attempt was the only goal kick that Parks missed from eight.That was the cue for Pinder to replace Beveridge, but the substitute scrum half had been on the field for less than three minutes when he was sin-binned. The referee gave no indication what the offence was. The after-match thoughts were that it might have been for repeated infringment! The cynic might have suggested it was "buggins" turn."Only then, with the Montpellier pack driving over, did Thierry Gras score his team's sole try. Valls kicked the conversion. That was last score of the contest even though quarter of an hour remained.It will be Sunday before Glasgow know for certain whom they will play in the second round. That will be decided when Saracens meet Roma at Vicarage Road, but going into that match the English club have a substantial 45-13 lead from the first leg. It can be assumed that Glasgow will be heading for Watford rather than Rome.Glasgow - 15 Stuart Moffat; 14 Rory Kerr, 13 Gareth Maclure, 12 Andrew Henderson, 11 Sean Lamont; 10 Daniel Parks, 9 Graeme Beveridge; 1 Euan Murray, 2 Gordon Bulloch, 3 Andrew Kelly, 4 Andy Hall, 5 Nathan Ross, 6 Cameron Mather (captain), 8 Jon Petrie, 7 Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements: Joe Beardshaw for Ross (57 minutes), Lee Harrison for Kelly (57), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (61), Roland Reid for Mather (64), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (72).Tries, Lamont (2), Henderson, Bulloch; conversions, Parks (3); penalty goals, Parks (4).Montpellier - 15 Sylvain Jouve; 14 David Bortolussi, 13 Frederic Charrier, 12 Murphy Taele, 11 Laurent Arbo; 10 Jeremy Valls, 9 Sebastien Buada; 1 Jean-Michel Meunier, 2 Laurent Armand, 3 Soso Nikolaenko, 4 Michel Macurdy, 5 John Daniell, 6 Sebastien Galtie, 8 Jharay Russell (captain), 7 Jerome Vallee. Replacements - Olivier Diomande for Armand (half-time), Mamuka Magrakvelidze for Meunier (half-time), Pierre Tachella for Nikolaenko (half-time), Yannick Saladie for Bortolussi (51), Stephane Welch for Russell (57), Thierry Gras for Daniell (59), Bertrand Guilloux for Charrier (72).Try, Gras; conversion, Valls; penalty goals, Valls (2).Referee - Antonio Lombardi (Italy).Glasgow 38, Montpellier 13 (aggregate - 68-24)Glasgow swept into the second round of the Parker Pen Challenge Cup tonight with another comfortable win over Montpellier. Victory at home at Hughenden, with a try-count of 4-1, followed their success in Carcassonne six days ago.It goes almost without saying that each of those two games has successively been the most convincing Glasgow have had in playing European rugby against French clubs. Tonight's was the better performance in that it was more rounded, Glasgow looking a more complete team.Sean Lamont has particularly enjoyed the games against Montpellier, with a try in the first leg and then two this evening. He has now scored at least one try in each of Glasgow's past three matches. He has a hunger when he has the ball in hand.Andrew Henderson and Gordon Bulloch scored the other tries tonight, and Dan Parks added 18 points with three conversions and four penalty goals. His haul over the two matches amounted to 33 points.Glasgow, however, confined their best rugby to the middle half of the match. Their game was like a sandwich where the bread could be left aside for the tasty filling to be savoured.In all, though, over the two games Glasgow have produced rugby that has belied their position at the foot of the Celtic League. To score 30 or more points in any match against a French first-division club has to be respected.Despite the damp conditions, Gareth Maclure and Henderson relished playing off Dan Parks, especially in the two middle quarters of the contest. Add on the support play of the likes of Cameron Mather, Gordon Bulloch, and Donnie Macfadyen as well as Stuart Moffat's intrusion running and Lamont's forceful eagerness, Glasgow looked like a team intent on going places.Their lineout, the one major weakness in their game last week, was vastly improved, with Andy Hall the key provider. They had ample scope to score tries, the first just before half-time and three more in the third quarter. All were notched while Montpellier were short-handed, with first John Daniell and then Sebastien Buada in the sin-bin.Even when Glasgow were on the back foot they had the organisation and the steel to survive, conceding just one try. That was immediately after Sam Pinder had been shown a yellow card, and by then the result was far beyond doubt."Our defence was outstanding against a big, physical pack who were prepared to put in the occasional cheap shot," Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, remarked. His endnote was a reference to how Montpellier too often drifted into indiscipline.Yet it was Montpellier who struck first, swarming to the Glasgow 22 for Jeremy Valls to kick a simple penalty goal after only two minutes. Parks soon responded with two penalty goals to take Glasgow ahead after 16 minutes. Valls had another six minutes later, but again Parks hit two in reply.So Glasgow led 12-6 after 35 minutes, and the way the game was flowing a try was overdue. It came almost as soon as Daniell was yellow-carded. Nathan Ross galloped into the French 22, and though nothing came directly from that thrust Ross exploited a penalty lineout on the right for Lamont to score on the left. A loose pass almost thwarted that chance, but the wing snapped up the ball to squeeze in at the corner four minutes into added time. Parks kicked the touchline conversion, and Glasgow led 19-6 at the interval.Barely two minutes into the second half Lamont scored again, slipping away from 20 metres out from when nothing seemed on. Parks again converted.Montpellier, down by 20 points, 39 on aggregate, somehow found renewed heart and laid siege to the Glasgow line. However, the curtain-wall held, and Graeme Beveridge eventually thumped a clearance to appreciation almost as loud as the cheers for any of the tries.As soon as Buada had been sin-binned Glasgow grabbed two quick tries. Henderson sliced through off a short pass from Parks, who added the conversion, and two back-row forwards then opened the way for the final try. Mather charged through on a long run into the French 22, Jon Petrie almost made it to the line, and Parks fired a flat kick across to the right, where Bulloch caught the ball to score. The conversion attempt was the only goal kick that Parks missed from eight.That was the cue for Pinder to replace Beveridge, but the substitute scrum half had been on the field for less than three minutes when he was sin-binned. The referee gave no indication what the offence was. The after-match thoughts were that it might have been for repeated infringment! The cynic might have suggested it was "buggins" turn."Only then, with the Montpellier pack driving over, did Thierry Gras score his team's sole try. Valls kicked the conversion. That was last score of the contest even though quarter of an hour remained.It will be Sunday before Glasgow know for certain whom they will play in the second round. That will be decided when Saracens meet Roma at Vicarage Road, but going into that match the English club have a substantial 45-13 lead from the first leg. It can be assumed that Glasgow will be heading for Watford rather than Rome.Glasgow - 15 Stuart Moffat; 14 Rory Kerr, 13 Gareth Maclure, 12 Andrew Henderson, 11 Sean Lamont; 10 Daniel Parks, 9 Graeme Beveridge; 1 Euan Murray, 2 Gordon Bulloch, 3 Andrew Kelly, 4 Andy Hall, 5 Nathan Ross, 6 Cameron Mather (captain), 8 Jon Petrie, 7 Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements: Joe Beardshaw for Ross (57 minutes), Lee Harrison for Kelly (57), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (61), Roland Reid for Mather (64), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (72).Tries, Lamont (2), Henderson, Bulloch; conversions, Parks (3); penalty goals, Parks (4).Montpellier - 15 Sylvain Jouve; 14 David Bortolussi, 13 Frederic Charrier, 12 Murphy Taele, 11 Laurent Arbo; 10 Jeremy Valls, 9 Sebastien Buada; 1 Jean-Michel Meunier, 2 Laurent Armand, 3 Soso Nikolaenko, 4 Michel Macurdy, 5 John Daniell, 6 Sebastien Galtie, 8 Jharay Russell (captain), 7 Jerome Vallee. Replacements - Olivier Diomande for Armand (half-time), Mamuka Magrakvelidze for Meunier (half-time), Pierre Tachella for Nikolaenko (half-time), Yannick Saladie for Bortolussi (51), Stephane Welch for Russell (57), Thierry Gras for Daniell (59), Bertrand Guilloux for Charrier (72).Try, Gras; conversion, Valls; penalty goals, Valls (2).Referee - Antonio Lombardi (Italy).