Glasgow'S Defeat At Headingley

Leeds Tykes 34, Glasgow 3Glasgow's season opened with defeat this evening. They lost a pre-season warm-up at Headingley, Leeds Tykes scoring five tries to nil.It might have been worse. Leeds led 27-3 at the interval, but Glasgow's mixture of experience, youth, and club draftees dug deep in the second half. Only an injury time penalty try stretched the margin to 31 points.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, was far from unhappy. "We could take positives from the game we wanted to play," he explained. It was, after all, an opportunity for trying. "We experimented with different formats, different people," he explained."We really lost it in the second 20 minutes," he added. Leeds scored three tries in that time.Glasgow responded with a far more aggressive game in the second half. For nearly quarter of an hour they were rarely out of the Leeds 22, and it was only in the closing 10 minutes that that Tykes threatened the Glasgow line.That second-half performance gave the coach reason for optimism. "But it was disappointing that we couldn't convert it in to points," he added. The closest Glasgow came to a try was when Calvin Howarth was cut down barely four metres from the line during the assault after the interval.Positive points included the performances of John Beattie, the Scotland under-19 back-row forward who has a Glasgow apprentice contract, and Shawn Renwick, the Stirling County No.8.Glasgow's only points were from a Howarth penalty goal, cutting Leeds to 8-3 in 18 minutes after a Duncan Hodge penalty goal and a Pierre Uys try. Three of the home tries were by back-row forwards - Uys, John Dunbar, and Richard Parks. The expectation was Tom Biggs, the left wing who squeezed in at the left corner.Hodge converted two, and his fellow Scotland cap, Gordon Ross, added the goal points to the late penalty try. Two other Scots appeared from Leeds - Mark McMillan, the former Stirling County scrum half who this time last year was, ironically, figuring for Glasgow, and Gavin Kerr, the international prop. It was - after the match - time for old friend to meet.Glasgow now have back-to-back matches against another English club, Sale Sharks - at Hughenden a week tonight at Hughenden, and at Edgeley Road the following Friday. The real rugby for Glasgow begins with a Celtic League game against Connacht in Galway on Saturday 4 September.Leeds Tykes 34, Glasgow 3Glasgow's season opened with defeat this evening. They lost a pre-season warm-up at Headingley, Leeds Tykes scoring five tries to nil.It might have been worse. Leeds led 27-3 at the interval, but Glasgow's mixture of experience, youth, and club draftees dug deep in the second half. Only an injury time penalty try stretched the margin to 31 points.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, was far from unhappy. "We could take positives from the game we wanted to play," he explained. It was, after all, an opportunity for trying. "We experimented with different formats, different people," he explained."We really lost it in the second 20 minutes," he added. Leeds scored three tries in that time.Glasgow responded with a far more aggressive game in the second half. For nearly quarter of an hour they were rarely out of the Leeds 22, and it was only in the closing 10 minutes that that Tykes threatened the Glasgow line.That second-half performance gave the coach reason for optimism. "But it was disappointing that we couldn't convert it in to points," he added. The closest Glasgow came to a try was when Calvin Howarth was cut down barely four metres from the line during the assault after the interval.Positive points included the performances of John Beattie, the Scotland under-19 back-row forward who has a Glasgow apprentice contract, and Shawn Renwick, the Stirling County No.8.Glasgow's only points were from a Howarth penalty goal, cutting Leeds to 8-3 in 18 minutes after a Duncan Hodge penalty goal and a Pierre Uys try. Three of the home tries were by back-row forwards - Uys, John Dunbar, and Richard Parks. The expectation was Tom Biggs, the left wing who squeezed in at the left corner.Hodge converted two, and his fellow Scotland cap, Gordon Ross, added the goal points to the late penalty try. Two other Scots appeared from Leeds - Mark McMillan, the former Stirling County scrum half who this time last year was, ironically, figuring for Glasgow, and Gavin Kerr, the international prop. It was - after the match - time for old friend to meet.Glasgow now have back-to-back matches against another English club, Sale Sharks - at Hughenden a week tonight at Hughenden, and at Edgeley Road the following Friday. The real rugby for Glasgow begins with a Celtic League game against Connacht in Galway on Saturday 4 September.