Glasgow'S Disappointing Defeat In Neath

Neath/Swansea Ospreys 33, Glasgow 11Glasgow suffered another disappointing defeat in Wales tonight. In dismal conditions, with a stiff wind and almost constant rain, they fell prey to Neath/Swansea Ospreys at the Gnoll.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, was blunt in criticism of his team: "Not any part of our game was up to standard.'their set-piece game - lineout and scrummage - did not provide any stable platform. The knock-on effect was to accentuate problems elsewhere.Even their only try, late solace by Colin Gregor, was not scored by a contracted professional but by an enlisted club player making his debut in the Glasgow ranks. The Watsonian was there as stand-off cover.Disappointment was emphasised by the memory of Glasgow's previous match, when they respond to a first-leg deficit of more than 30 points by sweeping Saracens aside in a 33-5 win in the return European match at Hughenden. That winning margin was not enough, but it set a standard from which Glasgow fell far this evening.Of course, that game was three weeks ago. Ospreys, by contrast, had had the benefit of continuity in Europe, and Glasgow also had had half a dozen changes from the team who beat Saracens. Yet enough players were left who had experienced and enjoyed that victory, thought it did not show this night in Neath.It was not just the vigour of that European victory that Glasgow lacked tonight. They also were not as streetwise as the home team, who had the crafty knack of leaving lazy runners to hamper - unpunished - Glasgow clearance from recycled ball.Glasgow had to face the strong wind in the first half, and by the interval Ospreys were almost out of sight at 26-3. As if that were not enough, the wind strength fell away in the second half. Even so, Glasgow could take little satisfaction in "winning" the second half by 8-7.Gavin Henson scored 23 of Ospreys" points, including the first try and four penalty goals that allowed his team to settle in the first half-hour. After 27 minutes Ospreys led 12-3. Glasgow's only answer on the scoreboard was a penalty goal by Dan Parks, cutting the margin to 6-3 following an enterprising liaison between Glenn Metcalfe and Alan Bulloch after quarter of an hour.Between Henson's third and fourth penalty goals Glasgow's scrummage was severely creaking, and from 12-3 Ospreys quickly extended their lead by seven points when James Bater's run up the left touchline sent Henson in. The stand-off added the conversion.In the next 10 minutes short chipped kicks by Parks twice landed Glasgow in bother. It was not the best tactic on such a night, when ball in hand was even more valuable than usual. Andy Williams countered off the first of those, a thrust that eventually led to Andy Hall's sin-binning, and the second was the prelude to a Shaun Connor try after a furious assault in which a key element was a slicing run by Stefan Terblanche.Henson kicked the conversion for a 23-point lead at the interval. Parks cut it with his second penalty goal, nine minutes into the second half, and Glasgow were promoted by another Metcalfe-Moffat thrust into heavy percussion hammering in the home goal-line. Graeme Morrison was twice close to scoring, and Parks, too, was not far away in following through another short chipped kick.Once that siege was raised Ospreys expressed their relief by sending David Tiueti over off a scrummage that appeared to have turned more than the allowed 90 degrees. Henson converted for 33-6 with little more than 10 minutes left.It was only late in those final minutes that Gregor escaped from halfway for Glasgow's only try.Ospreys - Gavin Henson; Stefan Terblanche, Dave Tiueti, Matthew Brayley, Gareth Morris; Shaun Connor, Andy Williams; Cai Griffiths, Barry Williams (captain), Andrew Millward, Andy Newman, Luke Tait, James Bater, Andy Lloyd, Steve Tandy. Substitutes - Adrian Durston for Connor (50 minutes), Nathan Bonner-Evans for Lloyd (50), Richard Pugh for Tandy (67), Tim Evans for Griffiths (67).Tries, Henson, Connor, Tiueti; conversions, Henson (3); penalty goals, Henson (4).Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Stuart Moffat, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Euan Murray, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Paul Dearlove for Wilson (49), Andrew Kelly for Harrison (49), Kenny Sinclair for Pinder (67), Joe Beardshaw for Hall (69), Colin Gregor for Parks (70), Harrison for Murray (73).Try, Gregor; penalty goals, Parks (2).Referee - Olan Trevor (Ireland).Neath/Swansea Ospreys 33, Glasgow 11Glasgow suffered another disappointing defeat in Wales tonight. In dismal conditions, with a stiff wind and almost constant rain, they fell prey to Neath/Swansea Ospreys at the Gnoll.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, was blunt in criticism of his team: "Not any part of our game was up to standard.'their set-piece game - lineout and scrummage - did not provide any stable platform. The knock-on effect was to accentuate problems elsewhere.Even their only try, late solace by Colin Gregor, was not scored by a contracted professional but by an enlisted club player making his debut in the Glasgow ranks. The Watsonian was there as stand-off cover.Disappointment was emphasised by the memory of Glasgow's previous match, when they respond to a first-leg deficit of more than 30 points by sweeping Saracens aside in a 33-5 win in the return European match at Hughenden. That winning margin was not enough, but it set a standard from which Glasgow fell far this evening.Of course, that game was three weeks ago. Ospreys, by contrast, had had the benefit of continuity in Europe, and Glasgow also had had half a dozen changes from the team who beat Saracens. Yet enough players were left who had experienced and enjoyed that victory, thought it did not show this night in Neath.It was not just the vigour of that European victory that Glasgow lacked tonight. They also were not as streetwise as the home team, who had the crafty knack of leaving lazy runners to hamper - unpunished - Glasgow clearance from recycled ball.Glasgow had to face the strong wind in the first half, and by the interval Ospreys were almost out of sight at 26-3. As if that were not enough, the wind strength fell away in the second half. Even so, Glasgow could take little satisfaction in "winning" the second half by 8-7.Gavin Henson scored 23 of Ospreys" points, including the first try and four penalty goals that allowed his team to settle in the first half-hour. After 27 minutes Ospreys led 12-3. Glasgow's only answer on the scoreboard was a penalty goal by Dan Parks, cutting the margin to 6-3 following an enterprising liaison between Glenn Metcalfe and Alan Bulloch after quarter of an hour.Between Henson's third and fourth penalty goals Glasgow's scrummage was severely creaking, and from 12-3 Ospreys quickly extended their lead by seven points when James Bater's run up the left touchline sent Henson in. The stand-off added the conversion.In the next 10 minutes short chipped kicks by Parks twice landed Glasgow in bother. It was not the best tactic on such a night, when ball in hand was even more valuable than usual. Andy Williams countered off the first of those, a thrust that eventually led to Andy Hall's sin-binning, and the second was the prelude to a Shaun Connor try after a furious assault in which a key element was a slicing run by Stefan Terblanche.Henson kicked the conversion for a 23-point lead at the interval. Parks cut it with his second penalty goal, nine minutes into the second half, and Glasgow were promoted by another Metcalfe-Moffat thrust into heavy percussion hammering in the home goal-line. Graeme Morrison was twice close to scoring, and Parks, too, was not far away in following through another short chipped kick.Once that siege was raised Ospreys expressed their relief by sending David Tiueti over off a scrummage that appeared to have turned more than the allowed 90 degrees. Henson converted for 33-6 with little more than 10 minutes left.It was only late in those final minutes that Gregor escaped from halfway for Glasgow's only try.Ospreys - Gavin Henson; Stefan Terblanche, Dave Tiueti, Matthew Brayley, Gareth Morris; Shaun Connor, Andy Williams; Cai Griffiths, Barry Williams (captain), Andrew Millward, Andy Newman, Luke Tait, James Bater, Andy Lloyd, Steve Tandy. Substitutes - Adrian Durston for Connor (50 minutes), Nathan Bonner-Evans for Lloyd (50), Richard Pugh for Tandy (67), Tim Evans for Griffiths (67).Tries, Henson, Connor, Tiueti; conversions, Henson (3); penalty goals, Henson (4).Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Stuart Moffat, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Euan Murray, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Paul Dearlove for Wilson (49), Andrew Kelly for Harrison (49), Kenny Sinclair for Pinder (67), Joe Beardshaw for Hall (69), Colin Gregor for Parks (70), Harrison for Murray (73).Try, Gregor; penalty goals, Parks (2).Referee - Olan Trevor (Ireland).