Glasgow Too Strong For Under-21 Team

Glasgow's mixture of professionals and club players proved too strong for the draft Scotland under-21 team in wild, wet conditions at Murrayfield tonight. Under the Glasgow Development banner, the select team scored seven tries in winning 43-0.It was a practice for the under-21 squad before their Six Nations Championship, which begins against the Welsh at Bridgend a week on Friday. The youngsters now know full well how much they have to step up against the defending under-21 champions.For Glasgow it marked the return of Glenn Metcalfe and Joe Naufahu after long absences because of knee injuries. Naufahu came satisfactorily through the 40 minutes the coaches allowed him in his first game since September, and Metcalfe, who has played only once for Glasgow since the World Cup, stayed on almost to the end.Glasgow led 12-0 at half-time with two tries by Rory Couper, the first off Sam Pinder's break, the second on a solo run from all of 60 metres. Colin Gregor converted the second, and the Watsonian went on to kick three more after the interval, while Glasgow were enjoying the benefit of the gusting diagonal gale.Couper's Boroughmuir colleague, Olly Brown, set the second-half scoring off when Glasgow disrupted the youngster's scrummage. Other tries followed from Kenny Sinclair (after Ian Dryburgh's double contributions to the lead-up), Glenn Metcalfe (off Sinclair's break), Jamie Fowlie (only seconds after his arrival as a replacement), and Gregor (blocking an attempted clearance).Though outgunned, the under-21 team kept trying to the end, the efforts of Alasdair Strokosch, Alan Nash, and Dougie Brown doing much to maintain the cause. The youngster's persistence was exemplified even in the final minutes, when another of the Brown clan, Calum, was almost through, as was Strokosch.Scotland Under-21 - Brian Archibald (Stirling County); Nick De Luca (Heriot's), Alan Nash (Watsonians), Iain Berthinussen (Gala), Colin Shaw (Glasgow Hawks); Andy McLean (Gala), Brendan McKerchar (Melrose) captain; Robert Blake (Birmingham University), Fergus Thomson (Glasgow Hawks and Scottish Institute of Sport), Willie Aitken (Peebles), Peter Wilmshurst-Smith (Gloucester), Colin White (Stirling County), Alasdair Strokosch (Boroughmuir and Scottish Institute of Sport), Grant Strang (Aberdeen GSFP), Mark Cairns (Loughborough University). Replacements - Calum Brown (Boroughmuir), John Cox (Boroughmuir), Mark Hunter (Stirling County), Stuart Johnson (Melrose), Jonathan White (Heriot's and Scottish Institute of Sport), Neil Cochrane (Watsonians), Richard Snedden (Boroughmuir), Stephen Gordon (Glasgow Hawks and Scottish Institute of Sport), Stephen Jones (Newcastle Falcons).Glasgow Development - Glenn Metcalfe (captain); David Millard, David Arneil (Heriot's), Joe Naufahu, Rory Couper (Boroughmuir); Colin Gregor (Watsonians), Sam Pinder; Mark Thomson (Kirkcaldy), Simon Gunn, Matt Proudfoot, Fergus Pringle (Hawick), John Stewart (Stirling County), Andrew Wilson, Paul Dearlove, Olly Brown (Boroughmuir). Replacements - Graham Kiddie (Boroughmuir), Alan Bulloch, Kenny Sinclair, Jamie Syme (Heriot's), Roland Reid, Ian Dryburgh (Watsonians), Chris Sinclair (Heriot's), Danny Wright (Watsonians), Jamie Fowlie (Forrester).Tries, Couper (2), Metcalfe, Sinclair, Brown, Gregor, Fowlie; conversions, Gregor (4).Referee - Andy Ireland (SRU).Glasgow's mixture of professionals and club players proved too strong for the draft Scotland under-21 team in wild, wet conditions at Murrayfield tonight. Under the Glasgow Development banner, the select team scored seven tries in winning 43-0.It was a practice for the under-21 squad before their Six Nations Championship, which begins against the Welsh at Bridgend a week on Friday. The youngsters now know full well how much they have to step up against the defending under-21 champions.For Glasgow it marked the return of Glenn Metcalfe and Joe Naufahu after long absences because of knee injuries. Naufahu came satisfactorily through the 40 minutes the coaches allowed him in his first game since September, and Metcalfe, who has played only once for Glasgow since the World Cup, stayed on almost to the end.Glasgow led 12-0 at half-time with two tries by Rory Couper, the first off Sam Pinder's break, the second on a solo run from all of 60 metres. Colin Gregor converted the second, and the Watsonian went on to kick three more after the interval, while Glasgow were enjoying the benefit of the gusting diagonal gale.Couper's Boroughmuir colleague, Olly Brown, set the second-half scoring off when Glasgow disrupted the youngster's scrummage. Other tries followed from Kenny Sinclair (after Ian Dryburgh's double contributions to the lead-up), Glenn Metcalfe (off Sinclair's break), Jamie Fowlie (only seconds after his arrival as a replacement), and Gregor (blocking an attempted clearance).Though outgunned, the under-21 team kept trying to the end, the efforts of Alasdair Strokosch, Alan Nash, and Dougie Brown doing much to maintain the cause. The youngster's persistence was exemplified even in the final minutes, when another of the Brown clan, Calum, was almost through, as was Strokosch.Scotland Under-21 - Brian Archibald (Stirling County); Nick De Luca (Heriot's), Alan Nash (Watsonians), Iain Berthinussen (Gala), Colin Shaw (Glasgow Hawks); Andy McLean (Gala), Brendan McKerchar (Melrose) captain; Robert Blake (Birmingham University), Fergus Thomson (Glasgow Hawks and Scottish Institute of Sport), Willie Aitken (Peebles), Peter Wilmshurst-Smith (Gloucester), Colin White (Stirling County), Alasdair Strokosch (Boroughmuir and Scottish Institute of Sport), Grant Strang (Aberdeen GSFP), Mark Cairns (Loughborough University). Replacements - Calum Brown (Boroughmuir), John Cox (Boroughmuir), Mark Hunter (Stirling County), Stuart Johnson (Melrose), Jonathan White (Heriot's and Scottish Institute of Sport), Neil Cochrane (Watsonians), Richard Snedden (Boroughmuir), Stephen Gordon (Glasgow Hawks and Scottish Institute of Sport), Stephen Jones (Newcastle Falcons).Glasgow Development - Glenn Metcalfe (captain); David Millard, David Arneil (Heriot's), Joe Naufahu, Rory Couper (Boroughmuir); Colin Gregor (Watsonians), Sam Pinder; Mark Thomson (Kirkcaldy), Simon Gunn, Matt Proudfoot, Fergus Pringle (Hawick), John Stewart (Stirling County), Andrew Wilson, Paul Dearlove, Olly Brown (Boroughmuir). Replacements - Graham Kiddie (Boroughmuir), Alan Bulloch, Kenny Sinclair, Jamie Syme (Heriot's), Roland Reid, Ian Dryburgh (Watsonians), Chris Sinclair (Heriot's), Danny Wright (Watsonians), Jamie Fowlie (Forrester).Tries, Couper (2), Metcalfe, Sinclair, Brown, Gregor, Fowlie; conversions, Gregor (4).Referee - Andy Ireland (SRU).