Glasgow Let Lead Slip

Glasgow 16, Edinburgh 25For nearly an hour at Hughenden this chilly afternoon Glasgow were riding high. They seemed to have victory against Edinburgh within their grasp. But the Gunners stormed back much as they had done in attempting to counter a 21-point deficit against Ulster in the Celtic Cup final a week ago. This time Edinburgh pulled through for a Celtic League win.However, going into added time, as an enthralling, committed contest was drawing to a close, the East-West rivals were deadlocked, 16 points apiece - a try, a conversion, two penalties, and a drop goal each. But Brendan Laney struck three cruel blows in the nine minutes of injury, and Glasgow were denied even the solace of a narrow-defeat bonus point.It was a bitter defeat for Glasgow. They had played mainly purposeful rugby in the first half, certainly not looking like the team at the foot of the league table, and even when short-handed in the third quarter, with Donnie Macfadyen in the sin-bin, they kept control of their game and commanded possession.Yet Glasgow ought to have been building on a 16-6 interval lead instead of hanging on, albeit in control of how they did that. Theirs was superb containment rugby while Macfadyen was absent.Being shown yellow card was certainly not the way Macfadyen would have wished to celebrate his hundredth game for Glasgow. The circumstances were even more frustrating.Macfadyen, defending in his own 22, seemed to have won tackle possession in a way that was well nigh a perfect example of how to do it - delving, scooping, and presenting in one clear movement. It was an action that was about to draw applause, even if just mentally. Instead, he was done for killing the ball at the tackle. In a microsecond admiration transformed into anger!Overall, it was a game played at a fair pace for much of the time, the tempo set from the kick-off. The ball was in play for well over two minutes before Iain Ramage had cause to blow his whistle.A Laney drop goal off stolen lineout ball gave Edinburgh the lead for the first time in seven minutes. But Glasgow responded five minutes later with a try drawn from control, commitment, and, finally, confidence. Andy Hall was provider as well as scorer. In between Graeme Morrison, Jon Petrie, and Dan Parks played vital roles.Hall won a penalty lineout close to Edinburgh left corner, Morrison essayed the first thrust towards the other flank, Petrie carried on, and from ruck possession there Parks lofted a shallow kick to his right. Hall, left over from the original lineout, jumped again to gather for the try, which Parks converted from well out.Laney and Parks traded penalty goals, the latter from 45 metres. After 23 minutes Glasgow led 10-6, and it ought have been more soon after that. Graeme Beveridge sliced through seemingly out of nothing, Macfadyen proved a link, and Gareth Maclure barged on to the goal-line. The try was denied, the referee indicating that the wing had been held up.Parks, however, added a second penalty goal, and as the first half drew into added time Macfadyen's hefty tackle on Alistair Dickson created the opportunity for the home stand-off to drop goal for a 10-point lead at the interval.Whatever determination Glasgow had to add to that was thwarted by Macfadyen's sin-binning only two minutes into the second half. Laney kicked the consequent penalty goal, but such was Glasgow's control of possession in the next 10 minutes" playing time that Edinburgh had hardly a sniff of the ball until the open-side flanker was champing at the bit waiting to be allowed to return at the next stoppage. But one Glasgow mistake in the Edinburgh half was enough for the visitors. They swept upfield, and they would have scored had not Hugo Southwell been denied close to the Glasgow line by Sean Lamont with assistance from Maclure.But that containment effort seemed to have drained Glasgow. Even Macfadyen's return could not prevent an Edinburgh try, Tom Philip going in beside the posts off a scissors with Laney, who converted. After 61 minutes the scores were level.It was then Edinburgh's turn to be short-handed, with Scott Murray throwing a punch after the referee had blown for a stoppage, and Glasgow looked like exploiting the numerical advantage after Macfadyen and Joe Beardshaw had thrust deep into the visitors" 22. Lamont tried to work space for himself on the left, and though the wing was unsuccessful Glasgow swung the ball to the right to seek to utilise a potential overlap. But the workaholic Hall was caught as he tried to drive to the line.Glasgow suffered again from the yellow peril as the game ran into injury time, with Cammy Mather sin-binned. In the nine remaining minutes Laney hammered in the nails - two penalties bracketing his second drop goal.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Gareth Maclure, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Euan Murray, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (captain), Jon Petrie, Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Rory Kerr for Morrison (35 minutes to 40+2), Andrew Kelly for Harrison, Joe Beardshaw for Ross (62), Roland Reid for Macfadyen (69), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (69).Try, Hall; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (2); drop goal, Parks.Edinburgh - Hugo Southwell; Simon Webster, Marcus Di Rollo, Alistair Dickson, Craig Joiner; Brendan Laney, Graeme Burns; Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Craig Smith, Nathan Hines, Scott Murray, Todd Blackadder (captain), Simon Taylor, Allister Hogg. Substitutes - Tom Philip for Dickson (51), Mike Blair for Burns (63), Alastair Kellock for Murray (75).Try, Philip; conversion, Laney; penalty goals, Laney (4); drop goals, Laney (2).Referee - Iain Ramage (Berwick).Attendance - 4384.Glasgow 16, Edinburgh 25For nearly an hour at Hughenden this chilly afternoon Glasgow were riding high. They seemed to have victory against Edinburgh within their grasp. But the Gunners stormed back much as they had done in attempting to counter a 21-point deficit against Ulster in the Celtic Cup final a week ago. This time Edinburgh pulled through for a Celtic League win.However, going into added time, as an enthralling, committed contest was drawing to a close, the East-West rivals were deadlocked, 16 points apiece - a try, a conversion, two penalties, and a drop goal each. But Brendan Laney struck three cruel blows in the nine minutes of injury, and Glasgow were denied even the solace of a narrow-defeat bonus point.It was a bitter defeat for Glasgow. They had played mainly purposeful rugby in the first half, certainly not looking like the team at the foot of the league table, and even when short-handed in the third quarter, with Donnie Macfadyen in the sin-bin, they kept control of their game and commanded possession.Yet Glasgow ought to have been building on a 16-6 interval lead instead of hanging on, albeit in control of how they did that. Theirs was superb containment rugby while Macfadyen was absent.Being shown yellow card was certainly not the way Macfadyen would have wished to celebrate his hundredth game for Glasgow. The circumstances were even more frustrating.Macfadyen, defending in his own 22, seemed to have won tackle possession in a way that was well nigh a perfect example of how to do it - delving, scooping, and presenting in one clear movement. It was an action that was about to draw applause, even if just mentally. Instead, he was done for killing the ball at the tackle. In a microsecond admiration transformed into anger!Overall, it was a game played at a fair pace for much of the time, the tempo set from the kick-off. The ball was in play for well over two minutes before Iain Ramage had cause to blow his whistle.A Laney drop goal off stolen lineout ball gave Edinburgh the lead for the first time in seven minutes. But Glasgow responded five minutes later with a try drawn from control, commitment, and, finally, confidence. Andy Hall was provider as well as scorer. In between Graeme Morrison, Jon Petrie, and Dan Parks played vital roles.Hall won a penalty lineout close to Edinburgh left corner, Morrison essayed the first thrust towards the other flank, Petrie carried on, and from ruck possession there Parks lofted a shallow kick to his right. Hall, left over from the original lineout, jumped again to gather for the try, which Parks converted from well out.Laney and Parks traded penalty goals, the latter from 45 metres. After 23 minutes Glasgow led 10-6, and it ought have been more soon after that. Graeme Beveridge sliced through seemingly out of nothing, Macfadyen proved a link, and Gareth Maclure barged on to the goal-line. The try was denied, the referee indicating that the wing had been held up.Parks, however, added a second penalty goal, and as the first half drew into added time Macfadyen's hefty tackle on Alistair Dickson created the opportunity for the home stand-off to drop goal for a 10-point lead at the interval.Whatever determination Glasgow had to add to that was thwarted by Macfadyen's sin-binning only two minutes into the second half. Laney kicked the consequent penalty goal, but such was Glasgow's control of possession in the next 10 minutes" playing time that Edinburgh had hardly a sniff of the ball until the open-side flanker was champing at the bit waiting to be allowed to return at the next stoppage. But one Glasgow mistake in the Edinburgh half was enough for the visitors. They swept upfield, and they would have scored had not Hugo Southwell been denied close to the Glasgow line by Sean Lamont with assistance from Maclure.But that containment effort seemed to have drained Glasgow. Even Macfadyen's return could not prevent an Edinburgh try, Tom Philip going in beside the posts off a scissors with Laney, who converted. After 61 minutes the scores were level.It was then Edinburgh's turn to be short-handed, with Scott Murray throwing a punch after the referee had blown for a stoppage, and Glasgow looked like exploiting the numerical advantage after Macfadyen and Joe Beardshaw had thrust deep into the visitors" 22. Lamont tried to work space for himself on the left, and though the wing was unsuccessful Glasgow swung the ball to the right to seek to utilise a potential overlap. But the workaholic Hall was caught as he tried to drive to the line.Glasgow suffered again from the yellow peril as the game ran into injury time, with Cammy Mather sin-binned. In the nine remaining minutes Laney hammered in the nails - two penalties bracketing his second drop goal.Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Gareth Maclure, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Euan Murray, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (captain), Jon Petrie, Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Rory Kerr for Morrison (35 minutes to 40+2), Andrew Kelly for Harrison, Joe Beardshaw for Ross (62), Roland Reid for Macfadyen (69), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (69).Try, Hall; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (2); drop goal, Parks.Edinburgh - Hugo Southwell; Simon Webster, Marcus Di Rollo, Alistair Dickson, Craig Joiner; Brendan Laney, Graeme Burns; Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Craig Smith, Nathan Hines, Scott Murray, Todd Blackadder (captain), Simon Taylor, Allister Hogg. Substitutes - Tom Philip for Dickson (51), Mike Blair for Burns (63), Alastair Kellock for Murray (75).Try, Philip; conversion, Laney; penalty goals, Laney (4); drop goals, Laney (2).Referee - Iain Ramage (Berwick).Attendance - 4384.