Glasgow Finish Season In Style With Four-Try Bonus

Glasgow 34, Ospreys 31Glasgow finished the Celtic League season in style this evening. The quality was measured by the victory with a bonus point against Ospreys at Hughenden, and the result was all the more satisfying when it was achieved without a handful of first-choice players.In the end, though, it was a close-run contest. Ospreys matched Glasgow four tries, and the final margin was only three points. The Welsh club gathered two bonuses, and that was enough for them to edged past Cardiff and qualify, like Glasgow, for the Heineken Cup next season.Yet victory could have been more substantial. With little more than five minutes" normal time left as well as the same in the allowance for stoppages, Glasgow led handsomely by 31-17. Sean Lamont had scored a couple of searing tries, hoisting his season's tally to 12, whereas Dan Parks and Andrew Wilson had one each.Then Glenn Metcalfe seemed to have made sure for Glasgow, but he lost possession in attempting to score. That signalled an about-turn in the game. Calvin Howarth was sin-binned, and Ospreys sensed the opportunity to glean at least the two points they needed for Heineken qualification. They were swift to claw back the margin. Richie Pugh and Duncan Jones scored tries, and Gavin Henson converted both. Fortunately, between those scores, Parks slotted a penalty goal from 30 metres, maintaining his evening's 100% strike-rate - six out of six and 19 points in the match.Glasgow's strength early on was in their defence, notably a Lamont tackle on Henson in the left corner. Ospreys, almost incessantly, hammered away in the home 22 for quarter of an hour, and Glasgow had not played in the visitors" half of the field in that time. Suddenly, Parks broke out from the home 22 from an interception, David Millard and Graeme Morrison carried on, the centre sent Metcalfe almost to the line, and quick recycling allowed Morrison to send Lamont through for a try that Parks converted.Henson missed a penalty kick five minutes. It was to be his only kicking failure, a crucial miss given the final scoreline.Parks added a penalty goal from 30 metres in 28 minutes, after good lead-up work by Scott Lawson and Donnie Macfadyen, but just before half-time Ospreys struck back. Jonathan Thomas dived over on the blind side of a goal-line maul, and Henson converted from the left touchline.Glasgow could have reasonably satisfied with a 10-7 lead. After all, they had weather the early storm, they had taken the first chance that was presented to them, even though from long range, and their scrummage had held up, all credit to the two club props, Ben Prescott and Eric Milligan.Glasgow's lineout, however, had been riddled with uncertainty throughout the first half. It was to improve after the interval. But the first statement of intent in the second half, only a few seconds from the restart, was when Lamont ran the ball out from his own dead-ball line. He was stopped short of halfway. But more of him was soon to come. Lawson set up good ball on Ospreys" 10-metre line, and Parks slipped an inside pass to send Lamont searing through to score. Parks converted for 17-7.Lamont had even more in armoury, forcing a lineout in Ospreys" right corner. From it Joe Beardshaw and Lawson drove close, and off the ensuing scrummage Roland Reid's pick-up sent Parks in for a try which the stand-off himself converted. That was 24-7 only 10 minutes into the second half.Ospreys, however, struck back. Shane Williams sent James Storey close, and Andy Newman finished off. Henson converted and soon added a penalty goal, cutting Glasgow's lead to seven points.But Glasgow eased into a two-score lead again after Reid had ploughed in to commit the opposition. That allowed Sam Pinder the scope to break through, and Wilson finished off. By then it had become inevitable that Parks would kick the goal.That was when the game turned. Metcalfe failed to score, and Howarth was sin-binned, effectively a team penalty for repeatedly killing the ball. That was enough of an advantage to Ospreys to see the way to garner at least the two bonus points they needed for Europe's top flight, and Pugh was allowed a try despite the distinct hint of a forward pass in the build-up.Glasgow had to dig deep in defence, typified by a bone-crunching tackle by Wilson, drawing the plaudits of colleagues and crowd, and it was a relief when Ospreys were penalised 30 metres out. The circumstances were similar to the infringement when Howarth was sin-binned, though no yellow card this time. What mattered was that Parks kicked the goal, valuable insurance against the Jones try that was to follow after Ospreys had again been hammering along the Glasgow goal-line.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; David Millard, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks (captain), Sam Pinder; Eric Milligan, Scott Lawson, Ben Prescott, Joe Beardshaw, Andrew Hall, Andrew Wilson, Roland Reid, Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Jon Steel for Millard (56 minutes), Calvin Howarth for Morrison (63), Rory McKay for Hall (67), Mark Sitch for Reid (68), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (77). Not used - Simon Gunn, Colin Whittaker.Tries, Lamont (2), Parks, Wilson; conversion, Parks (4); penalty goals, Parks (2).Ospreys - Gavin Henson; Stefan Terblanche, James Storey, Dave Tiueti, Shane Williams; Shaun Connor, Andy Williams; Duncan Jones, Barry Williams (captain), Andrew Millward, Andy Newman, Jonathan Thomas, James Bater, Nathan Bonner-Evans, Steve Tandy. Substitutes - Richard Pugh for Tandy (51), Paul James for Adrian Durston for Connor (54), Paul James for Millward (62). Not used - Rhodri Wells, Andy Lloyd, Huw Bennett, Lyndon Bateman.Tries, Thomas, Newman, Pugh, Jones; conversions, Henson (4); penalty goal, Henson.Referee - David McHugh (Ireland).Attendance - 2227.Glasgow 34, Ospreys 31Glasgow finished the Celtic League season in style this evening. The quality was measured by the victory with a bonus point against Ospreys at Hughenden, and the result was all the more satisfying when it was achieved without a handful of first-choice players.In the end, though, it was a close-run contest. Ospreys matched Glasgow four tries, and the final margin was only three points. The Welsh club gathered two bonuses, and that was enough for them to edged past Cardiff and qualify, like Glasgow, for the Heineken Cup next season.Yet victory could have been more substantial. With little more than five minutes" normal time left as well as the same in the allowance for stoppages, Glasgow led handsomely by 31-17. Sean Lamont had scored a couple of searing tries, hoisting his season's tally to 12, whereas Dan Parks and Andrew Wilson had one each.Then Glenn Metcalfe seemed to have made sure for Glasgow, but he lost possession in attempting to score. That signalled an about-turn in the game. Calvin Howarth was sin-binned, and Ospreys sensed the opportunity to glean at least the two points they needed for Heineken qualification. They were swift to claw back the margin. Richie Pugh and Duncan Jones scored tries, and Gavin Henson converted both. Fortunately, between those scores, Parks slotted a penalty goal from 30 metres, maintaining his evening's 100% strike-rate - six out of six and 19 points in the match.Glasgow's strength early on was in their defence, notably a Lamont tackle on Henson in the left corner. Ospreys, almost incessantly, hammered away in the home 22 for quarter of an hour, and Glasgow had not played in the visitors" half of the field in that time. Suddenly, Parks broke out from the home 22 from an interception, David Millard and Graeme Morrison carried on, the centre sent Metcalfe almost to the line, and quick recycling allowed Morrison to send Lamont through for a try that Parks converted.Henson missed a penalty kick five minutes. It was to be his only kicking failure, a crucial miss given the final scoreline.Parks added a penalty goal from 30 metres in 28 minutes, after good lead-up work by Scott Lawson and Donnie Macfadyen, but just before half-time Ospreys struck back. Jonathan Thomas dived over on the blind side of a goal-line maul, and Henson converted from the left touchline.Glasgow could have reasonably satisfied with a 10-7 lead. After all, they had weather the early storm, they had taken the first chance that was presented to them, even though from long range, and their scrummage had held up, all credit to the two club props, Ben Prescott and Eric Milligan.Glasgow's lineout, however, had been riddled with uncertainty throughout the first half. It was to improve after the interval. But the first statement of intent in the second half, only a few seconds from the restart, was when Lamont ran the ball out from his own dead-ball line. He was stopped short of halfway. But more of him was soon to come. Lawson set up good ball on Ospreys" 10-metre line, and Parks slipped an inside pass to send Lamont searing through to score. Parks converted for 17-7.Lamont had even more in armoury, forcing a lineout in Ospreys" right corner. From it Joe Beardshaw and Lawson drove close, and off the ensuing scrummage Roland Reid's pick-up sent Parks in for a try which the stand-off himself converted. That was 24-7 only 10 minutes into the second half.Ospreys, however, struck back. Shane Williams sent James Storey close, and Andy Newman finished off. Henson converted and soon added a penalty goal, cutting Glasgow's lead to seven points.But Glasgow eased into a two-score lead again after Reid had ploughed in to commit the opposition. That allowed Sam Pinder the scope to break through, and Wilson finished off. By then it had become inevitable that Parks would kick the goal.That was when the game turned. Metcalfe failed to score, and Howarth was sin-binned, effectively a team penalty for repeatedly killing the ball. That was enough of an advantage to Ospreys to see the way to garner at least the two bonus points they needed for Europe's top flight, and Pugh was allowed a try despite the distinct hint of a forward pass in the build-up.Glasgow had to dig deep in defence, typified by a bone-crunching tackle by Wilson, drawing the plaudits of colleagues and crowd, and it was a relief when Ospreys were penalised 30 metres out. The circumstances were similar to the infringement when Howarth was sin-binned, though no yellow card this time. What mattered was that Parks kicked the goal, valuable insurance against the Jones try that was to follow after Ospreys had again been hammering along the Glasgow goal-line.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; David Millard, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks (captain), Sam Pinder; Eric Milligan, Scott Lawson, Ben Prescott, Joe Beardshaw, Andrew Hall, Andrew Wilson, Roland Reid, Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Jon Steel for Millard (56 minutes), Calvin Howarth for Morrison (63), Rory McKay for Hall (67), Mark Sitch for Reid (68), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (77). Not used - Simon Gunn, Colin Whittaker.Tries, Lamont (2), Parks, Wilson; conversion, Parks (4); penalty goals, Parks (2).Ospreys - Gavin Henson; Stefan Terblanche, James Storey, Dave Tiueti, Shane Williams; Shaun Connor, Andy Williams; Duncan Jones, Barry Williams (captain), Andrew Millward, Andy Newman, Jonathan Thomas, James Bater, Nathan Bonner-Evans, Steve Tandy. Substitutes - Richard Pugh for Tandy (51), Paul James for Adrian Durston for Connor (54), Paul James for Millward (62). Not used - Rhodri Wells, Andy Lloyd, Huw Bennett, Lyndon Bateman.Tries, Thomas, Newman, Pugh, Jones; conversions, Henson (4); penalty goal, Henson.Referee - David McHugh (Ireland).Attendance - 2227.