Sean Lamont Snatches Win For Glasgow

The Borders 11, Glasgow 15Glasgow took a much-needed win away from Netherdale this evening. To do so, though, they had to thank a late, opportunist try by Sean Lamont.Calum MacRae seemed to have snatched victory for the Borders with a penalty goal, breaking an 8-all deadlock lasting nearly half an hour, but the home forwards failed to gather the restart kick. The ball bounced kindly for Lamont, and he needed no prompting to sprint the 30-plus metres in for the try. It was a fitting way for the wing to celebrate his first call into the Scotland squad.Calvin Howarth converted, and Glasgow had opened a gap between themselves and the Borders at the foot of the Celtic League table. It is, though, only a slender gap, three points, with the Borders taking a bonus for the narrow defeat, and Glasgow still have a long way to go if they are to be one of the two Scottish clubs qualifying for next season's Heineken.Results like last week's big win against Gwent Dragons will do them well. But a performance such as tonight's, even though Glasgow won, did not inspire confidence.On a chilling evening Glasgow began well, at least for the first 10 minutes, and Howarth kicked a penalty goal. But he then missed one, and Glasgow's impetus faded, whatever the reason.Kevin Utterson and Semo Sititi responded with testing breaks - the centre was squeezed out, and the No.8 was denied by Rory Kerr. When Tanner Vili kicked an equalising penalty goal it was no less than the Borders deserved.Sam Pinder and Andrew Wilson raised Glasgow spirits with a thrust up the left, leading to Graeme Morrison's threat on the other flank. But Glasgow seemed reluctant to give the ball width, and they were on the back foot when Euan Murray was sin-binned for killing possession at a breakdown. Ironically, the visitors themselves had taken the ball in at that contact.Glasgow survived Murray's absence without loss of points, and as soon as the prop returned, two minutes into the second half, Alan Bulloch ran in for his fifth try in as many matches. Joe Beardshaw won lineout ball on the right, Andrew Kelly and Pinder linked, and Bulloch surged past the tail of the lineout remnants and straightened into the corner.Gareth Morton replied with a try from passing wide to the right off a close-range scrum and ruck, and for nearly half an hour the game ran on at 8-all, though Lamont was close to a try on the hour. The wing was judged to have been tackled into touch by the newly arrived replacement stand-off, MacRae, a split-second before touching down.Thereafter the flow was mainly in the Borders" favour, with Glasgow conceding too many penalties. MacRae, the home team's replacement stand-off, converted the first one that he attempted. But Lamont's retort was swift, and Glasgow has scored their first league double of the season as well as their first away win against the Borders in the current format.But it was not a game that either team, even the winners, will wish to remember, not least because of missed goal kicks - two each by Morton and Vili, three by Howarth. That statistic was endemic of a generally scrappy contest that was enlivened by three tries and little else.The Borders - Gareth Morton; Cammie Murray, Jono Stuart, Kevin Utterson (captain), Craig Moir; Tanner Vili, Gary Armstrong; Craig Dunlea, Stevie Scott, Geoff Cross, Scott MacLeod, Colin Stewart, Andy Rennick, Semo Sititi, Dan Kane. Substitutes - Andy Turnbull for Murray (37 minutes), Iain Fairley for Armstrong (51), Calum MacRae for Vili (59), Kelvin Todd for Cross (60), Ross Ford for Scott (73), Tony Walker for Kane (76).Try, Morton; penalty goals, Vili, MacRae.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Sam Pinder; Andrew Kelly, Simon Gunn, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Nathan Ross, Roland Reid, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Andrew Wilson for Reid (21-33 and 42), Alan Bulloch for Metcalfe (33), Scott Lawson for Gunn (33), Matthew Proudfoot for Reid (36-42), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (63), Andrew Hall for Ross (63).Tries, Bulloch, Lamont; conversion, Howarth; penalty goal, Howarth.Referee - Phil Fear (Wales).The Borders 11, Glasgow 15Glasgow took a much-needed win away from Netherdale this evening. To do so, though, they had to thank a late, opportunist try by Sean Lamont.Calum MacRae seemed to have snatched victory for the Borders with a penalty goal, breaking an 8-all deadlock lasting nearly half an hour, but the home forwards failed to gather the restart kick. The ball bounced kindly for Lamont, and he needed no prompting to sprint the 30-plus metres in for the try. It was a fitting way for the wing to celebrate his first call into the Scotland squad.Calvin Howarth converted, and Glasgow had opened a gap between themselves and the Borders at the foot of the Celtic League table. It is, though, only a slender gap, three points, with the Borders taking a bonus for the narrow defeat, and Glasgow still have a long way to go if they are to be one of the two Scottish clubs qualifying for next season's Heineken.Results like last week's big win against Gwent Dragons will do them well. But a performance such as tonight's, even though Glasgow won, did not inspire confidence.On a chilling evening Glasgow began well, at least for the first 10 minutes, and Howarth kicked a penalty goal. But he then missed one, and Glasgow's impetus faded, whatever the reason.Kevin Utterson and Semo Sititi responded with testing breaks - the centre was squeezed out, and the No.8 was denied by Rory Kerr. When Tanner Vili kicked an equalising penalty goal it was no less than the Borders deserved.Sam Pinder and Andrew Wilson raised Glasgow spirits with a thrust up the left, leading to Graeme Morrison's threat on the other flank. But Glasgow seemed reluctant to give the ball width, and they were on the back foot when Euan Murray was sin-binned for killing possession at a breakdown. Ironically, the visitors themselves had taken the ball in at that contact.Glasgow survived Murray's absence without loss of points, and as soon as the prop returned, two minutes into the second half, Alan Bulloch ran in for his fifth try in as many matches. Joe Beardshaw won lineout ball on the right, Andrew Kelly and Pinder linked, and Bulloch surged past the tail of the lineout remnants and straightened into the corner.Gareth Morton replied with a try from passing wide to the right off a close-range scrum and ruck, and for nearly half an hour the game ran on at 8-all, though Lamont was close to a try on the hour. The wing was judged to have been tackled into touch by the newly arrived replacement stand-off, MacRae, a split-second before touching down.Thereafter the flow was mainly in the Borders" favour, with Glasgow conceding too many penalties. MacRae, the home team's replacement stand-off, converted the first one that he attempted. But Lamont's retort was swift, and Glasgow has scored their first league double of the season as well as their first away win against the Borders in the current format.But it was not a game that either team, even the winners, will wish to remember, not least because of missed goal kicks - two each by Morton and Vili, three by Howarth. That statistic was endemic of a generally scrappy contest that was enlivened by three tries and little else.The Borders - Gareth Morton; Cammie Murray, Jono Stuart, Kevin Utterson (captain), Craig Moir; Tanner Vili, Gary Armstrong; Craig Dunlea, Stevie Scott, Geoff Cross, Scott MacLeod, Colin Stewart, Andy Rennick, Semo Sititi, Dan Kane. Substitutes - Andy Turnbull for Murray (37 minutes), Iain Fairley for Armstrong (51), Calum MacRae for Vili (59), Kelvin Todd for Cross (60), Ross Ford for Scott (73), Tony Walker for Kane (76).Try, Morton; penalty goals, Vili, MacRae.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Sam Pinder; Andrew Kelly, Simon Gunn, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Nathan Ross, Roland Reid, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Andrew Wilson for Reid (21-33 and 42), Alan Bulloch for Metcalfe (33), Scott Lawson for Gunn (33), Matthew Proudfoot for Reid (36-42), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (63), Andrew Hall for Ross (63).Tries, Bulloch, Lamont; conversion, Howarth; penalty goal, Howarth.Referee - Phil Fear (Wales).