Glasgow'S Disappointing Defeat By Celtic Warriors

Glasgow 19, Celtic Warriors 44Glasgow disappointed yet again at Hughenden this evening. As against Munster three weeks ago, they fell to substantial defeat in the Celtic League match against Celtic Warriors.News from Cork further damaged the Glasgow cause. Edinburgh won there against Munster and all but guaranteed the top Scottish slot in the Heineken Cup for next season. Glasgow are now left to fend off the Borders in the contest for the other Scottish place in that European competition.Yet this was the Glasgow who two weeks ago ran Leinster close in a 30-31 defeat at Donnybrook, a match that was agonisingly one kick away from going the other way. This, too, was the Glasgow who two home games ago ran riot in scoring four dozen points against Gwent Dragons. On this pleasant spring evening, however, the enthusiasm and spirit in Glasgow's rugby in those two matches was sadly missing.Celtic Warriors were - as Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, readily admitted - "a very competent Welsh side." They were streetwise where Glasgow were not. How often has that been written over the years as a reason for a Scottish defeat?Warriors took risks in playing to the offside limit. Often they escaped. But once they went just too far. Richard Parks was sin-binned for persistent infringement after half an hour. But Glasgow could make nothing of the 10 minutes" numerical advantage apart from the penalty goal that the culprit's namesake kicked from the yellow-card infringement.Glasgow's principal problems, though, were in the set piece, seriously reducing the effect of Dan Parks's mainly strong, long kick placements. The home forwards" scrummage was under pressure throughout the match, and their lineout was too insecure to be viable. Indeed, two of the Warriors" six tries derived from Glasgow lineouts that misfired.In those circumstances why did Glasgow persist in throwing to the lineout tail? Instead, the option ought to have been the shorter throw. When in trouble, keep it simple!Glasgow also seemed to resign themselves to defeat far too soon despite their early pressure that produced a penalty goal by Dan Parks after just three minutes. Richard Bryan responded with a try after a Glasgow lineout had gone wrong. Ceri Sweeney missed the conversion but soon added a penalty goal, when Jon Petrie, as tackler, was penalised for going over the top.It was the next Welsh score that summed up how Glasgow were allowing the game to drift away. Glenn Metcalfe trapped the ball with a foot, but before the full back could do more Roland Reid, though offside, picked the ball up. The visitors exploited the consequent penalty as Gareth Cooper, too easily, ran through for a try that Sweeney converted. Warriors were 15-3 up after 20 minutes.Parks kept Glasgow in the hunt with three more penalty goals. Between the first and second of those, however, Cooper chipped through for Sonny Parker to score, and Sweeney converted.Warriors kept control after the interval, though it was 18 minutes into the second half before they scored again. Neil Jenkins, substituting for Sweeney, kicked a penalty goal that eased the visitors to 25-12, and tries by Brent Cockbain and Dafydd James, with Jenkins converting both, stretched the visitors to 39-12 with less than 10 minutes remaining. The lock's score was the product of scrummage pressure in the home 22, and the right wing finished off a phase of continuity, though within it a seemingly blatant knock-on escaped official notice.Only then, down 12-39, did Glasgow produce their single try, when Parks chipped through from about 20 metres for Rory Kerr to gather on the run to score. Parks added the conversion, but in added time Gareth Wyatt raced up the left touchline for Warriors" sixth try. Like the first, it was from a Glasgow lineout that had gone wrong.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Andrew Kelly, Gordon Bulloch, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Nathan Ross, Roland Reid, Paul Dearlove,_Jon Petrie (captain). Substitutes - David Millard for Metcalfe (30), Andrew Hall for Beardshaw (50), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (53), Matt Proudfoot for Kelly (60), Andrew Wilson for Dearlove (64), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (64), Calvin Howarth for Kerr (78).Try, Kerr; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (4). Celtic Warriors - Kevin Morgan; Dafydd James, Sonny Parker, Gareth Thomas (captain), Gareth Wyatt; Ceri Sweeney, Gareth Cooper; Gethin Jenkins, Mefin Davies, Chris Horsman, Brent Cockbain, Robert Sidoli, Richard Parks, Richard Bryan, Cory Harris. Substitutes - Neil Jenkins for Sweeney (54), Deiniol Jones for Cockbain (64), Ryan Jones for Harris (68), Sililo Martens for Cooper (69), Martin Jones for Horsman (74), Matthew Rees for Davies (76), Aisea Havili for James (76).Tries, Bryan, Cooper, Parker, Cockbain, James, Wyatt; conversions, Sweeney (2), Neil Jenkins (2); penalty goals, Sweeney, Neil Jenkins. Referee - Simon McDowell (Ireland).Glasgow 19, Celtic Warriors 44Glasgow disappointed yet again at Hughenden this evening. As against Munster three weeks ago, they fell to substantial defeat in the Celtic League match against Celtic Warriors.News from Cork further damaged the Glasgow cause. Edinburgh won there against Munster and all but guaranteed the top Scottish slot in the Heineken Cup for next season. Glasgow are now left to fend off the Borders in the contest for the other Scottish place in that European competition.Yet this was the Glasgow who two weeks ago ran Leinster close in a 30-31 defeat at Donnybrook, a match that was agonisingly one kick away from going the other way. This, too, was the Glasgow who two home games ago ran riot in scoring four dozen points against Gwent Dragons. On this pleasant spring evening, however, the enthusiasm and spirit in Glasgow's rugby in those two matches was sadly missing.Celtic Warriors were - as Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, readily admitted - "a very competent Welsh side." They were streetwise where Glasgow were not. How often has that been written over the years as a reason for a Scottish defeat?Warriors took risks in playing to the offside limit. Often they escaped. But once they went just too far. Richard Parks was sin-binned for persistent infringement after half an hour. But Glasgow could make nothing of the 10 minutes" numerical advantage apart from the penalty goal that the culprit's namesake kicked from the yellow-card infringement.Glasgow's principal problems, though, were in the set piece, seriously reducing the effect of Dan Parks's mainly strong, long kick placements. The home forwards" scrummage was under pressure throughout the match, and their lineout was too insecure to be viable. Indeed, two of the Warriors" six tries derived from Glasgow lineouts that misfired.In those circumstances why did Glasgow persist in throwing to the lineout tail? Instead, the option ought to have been the shorter throw. When in trouble, keep it simple!Glasgow also seemed to resign themselves to defeat far too soon despite their early pressure that produced a penalty goal by Dan Parks after just three minutes. Richard Bryan responded with a try after a Glasgow lineout had gone wrong. Ceri Sweeney missed the conversion but soon added a penalty goal, when Jon Petrie, as tackler, was penalised for going over the top.It was the next Welsh score that summed up how Glasgow were allowing the game to drift away. Glenn Metcalfe trapped the ball with a foot, but before the full back could do more Roland Reid, though offside, picked the ball up. The visitors exploited the consequent penalty as Gareth Cooper, too easily, ran through for a try that Sweeney converted. Warriors were 15-3 up after 20 minutes.Parks kept Glasgow in the hunt with three more penalty goals. Between the first and second of those, however, Cooper chipped through for Sonny Parker to score, and Sweeney converted.Warriors kept control after the interval, though it was 18 minutes into the second half before they scored again. Neil Jenkins, substituting for Sweeney, kicked a penalty goal that eased the visitors to 25-12, and tries by Brent Cockbain and Dafydd James, with Jenkins converting both, stretched the visitors to 39-12 with less than 10 minutes remaining. The lock's score was the product of scrummage pressure in the home 22, and the right wing finished off a phase of continuity, though within it a seemingly blatant knock-on escaped official notice.Only then, down 12-39, did Glasgow produce their single try, when Parks chipped through from about 20 metres for Rory Kerr to gather on the run to score. Parks added the conversion, but in added time Gareth Wyatt raced up the left touchline for Warriors" sixth try. Like the first, it was from a Glasgow lineout that had gone wrong.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Andrew Kelly, Gordon Bulloch, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Nathan Ross, Roland Reid, Paul Dearlove,_Jon Petrie (captain). Substitutes - David Millard for Metcalfe (30), Andrew Hall for Beardshaw (50), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (53), Matt Proudfoot for Kelly (60), Andrew Wilson for Dearlove (64), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (64), Calvin Howarth for Kerr (78).Try, Kerr; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (4). Celtic Warriors - Kevin Morgan; Dafydd James, Sonny Parker, Gareth Thomas (captain), Gareth Wyatt; Ceri Sweeney, Gareth Cooper; Gethin Jenkins, Mefin Davies, Chris Horsman, Brent Cockbain, Robert Sidoli, Richard Parks, Richard Bryan, Cory Harris. Substitutes - Neil Jenkins for Sweeney (54), Deiniol Jones for Cockbain (64), Ryan Jones for Harris (68), Sililo Martens for Cooper (69), Martin Jones for Horsman (74), Matthew Rees for Davies (76), Aisea Havili for James (76).Tries, Bryan, Cooper, Parker, Cockbain, James, Wyatt; conversions, Sweeney (2), Neil Jenkins (2); penalty goals, Sweeney, Neil Jenkins. Referee - Simon McDowell (Ireland).