Glasgow Grab Victory In Border Battle

The Borders 7_Glasgow Rugby 10Glasgow posted their first win in this season's Celtic League with a hard-fought victory against a determined Borders side at The Greenyards, home of Melrose.In a disappointing game for the spectators, but a non-stop contest for the players, early season fitness was put to the test as the pace of the encounter kept everyone on the field on their toes.In a sundrenched but windswept Greenyards, The Borders held the majority of early pressure and possession. Glasgow's defence held strong but without the ball in their hands, there was not much they could do to influence the scoreboard._The Borders were awarded their first penalty of the day five minutes into the game - one of too many throughout the match for Glasgow to be comfortable with._However, they spilled their possession giving the Glaswegians first touch of the ball.Early predictions were that former Glasgow player Stuart Moffat, who was on the wing for the Borders today, was out to prove a point._That he did in the 13th minute, when Glasgow's defence was sucked into the breakdown, leaving a man over for the Borders and Moffat charged in out wide on the right wing._Stand off Charlie Hore converted but luckily enough for Glasgow, it was to be his only successful kick of the day - the swirling winds surely a contributory factor to his further misses.With the home side leading 7 - 0 and down to 14 men when captain Paul Thomson was yellow carded for not rolling away in the tackle, Glasgow asserted their best pressure of the game yet but could still not stop leaking penalties and giving away vital and hard-won possession.It was not long before the advantage of an extra man told however, when Glasgow scrum half Sam Pinder, from a scrum 10 metres out, fought his way through the scrabbling hands of Borders tacklers to place the ball over the line - an impressive solo effort from a solid set piece.Dan Parks, whose tactical kicking from hand on a day when the blustery wind seemed to cause so many problems was practically inch perfect, duly goaled the conversion, drawing the scoreline. 7-7 (18 mins).Glasgow captain Jon Petrie then made the first of several trips to the blood bin for a head wound, Paul Dearlove taking his place in the meantime (22 mins)._This wasn't the only recurring action. Just then , the first of several outbreaks of fisticuffs occurred(The Borders new signing , lock Mark Blair, seemed to feature heavily in each bout)._Tensions were most definitely running high between the two sides, both desperate to gain the points advantage, Glasgow especially when looking ahead to the prospect of the inter-city tussle against Edinburgh next week.This perhaps was why the game was never really allowed to flow - both sides trying_too hard to punch through the opposition rather than playing to the spaces.Dan Parks' steady boot was to gain Glasgow the vital lead with a beatifully slotted penalty in the 33rd minute. 7-10._However, for all Glasgow's defence was staunch (and it was - the Borders piling on the pressure time and time again), the home side_would be bitterly disappointed by the number of errors made when looking certain to go in for the try._Dropped balls, missed passes, shoddy footwork all led to Glasgow maintaining their lead - even when they went down to 14 men when Nathan Ross was yellow carded.More fisticuffs, more missed place kicks from the home team and more frustrating mistakes were the tale of the second half._None more so when The Borders' Calum MacRae made the most impressive break of the day only for his final pass to sub Ross Ford to be fumbled and dropped by the hooker - much to the home crowd's distress.It was then the turn for the visiting crowd's distress when Dan Parks floated a high kick to the corner, Paul Dearlove stretched to palm it back for a waiting Donnie Macfadyen, who collected and crossed the line._However, such lovely skill and ingenuity from the trio was denied when touch judge Iain Ramage deemed Dearlove's pass behind him to have actually gone forward._Thus was the tale of the game as a whole - frustrating, for both those on and off the park.Final score: The Borders 7_Glasgow 10.The Borders: Gareth Morton; Jon Steel, Calum MacRae, Alistair Dickson, Stuart Moffat; Charlie Hore, Chris Cusiter; Paul Thomson (captain), Steve Scott, Bruce Douglas, Scott Macleod, Mark Blair, Scott Gray, Andy Rennick, Wayne McEntee.Subs: Ross Ford (for Scott 56 mins), Matt Parr (for Thomson 62 mins), Colin Stewart (for Gray 51 mins), Geoff Cross, Brendan McKerchar, Andy Miller, Alistair Warnock.Scorers: Try: Stuart Moffat. Conversion: Charlie Hore.Glasgow Rugby: Scott Barrow; Sean Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Andy Henderson, Kenny Logan; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Joe Beardshaw, Nathan Ross, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen.Subs: Scott Lawson (for Bulloch 40 mins), Andrew Kelly (for Harrison 55 mins), Andy Hall (for Ross 55 mins), Paul Dearlove (for Petrie - blood, several._For Wilson_55 mins), Graeme Beveridge (for Pinder 78 mins), Calvin Howarth, Andy Craig (for Morrison 59 mins)._Wilson came back onto the field 62-64 mins for Petrie (blood).Scorers: Try: Sam Pinder._Conversion: Dan Parks._Penalty: Dan Parks.Referee: Hugh Watkins (Wales)The Borders 7_Glasgow Rugby 10Glasgow posted their first win in this season's Celtic League with a hard-fought victory against a determined Borders side at The Greenyards, home of Melrose.In a disappointing game for the spectators, but a non-stop contest for the players, early season fitness was put to the test as the pace of the encounter kept everyone on the field on their toes.In a sundrenched but windswept Greenyards, The Borders held the majority of early pressure and possession. Glasgow's defence held strong but without the ball in their hands, there was not much they could do to influence the scoreboard._The Borders were awarded their first penalty of the day five minutes into the game - one of too many throughout the match for Glasgow to be comfortable with._However, they spilled their possession giving the Glaswegians first touch of the ball.Early predictions were that former Glasgow player Stuart Moffat, who was on the wing for the Borders today, was out to prove a point._That he did in the 13th minute, when Glasgow's defence was sucked into the breakdown, leaving a man over for the Borders and Moffat charged in out wide on the right wing._Stand off Charlie Hore converted but luckily enough for Glasgow, it was to be his only successful kick of the day - the swirling winds surely a contributory factor to his further misses.With the home side leading 7 - 0 and down to 14 men when captain Paul Thomson was yellow carded for not rolling away in the tackle, Glasgow asserted their best pressure of the game yet but could still not stop leaking penalties and giving away vital and hard-won possession.It was not long before the advantage of an extra man told however, when Glasgow scrum half Sam Pinder, from a scrum 10 metres out, fought his way through the scrabbling hands of Borders tacklers to place the ball over the line - an impressive solo effort from a solid set piece.Dan Parks, whose tactical kicking from hand on a day when the blustery wind seemed to cause so many problems was practically inch perfect, duly goaled the conversion, drawing the scoreline. 7-7 (18 mins).Glasgow captain Jon Petrie then made the first of several trips to the blood bin for a head wound, Paul Dearlove taking his place in the meantime (22 mins)._This wasn't the only recurring action. Just then , the first of several outbreaks of fisticuffs occurred(The Borders new signing , lock Mark Blair, seemed to feature heavily in each bout)._Tensions were most definitely running high between the two sides, both desperate to gain the points advantage, Glasgow especially when looking ahead to the prospect of the inter-city tussle against Edinburgh next week.This perhaps was why the game was never really allowed to flow - both sides trying_too hard to punch through the opposition rather than playing to the spaces.Dan Parks' steady boot was to gain Glasgow the vital lead with a beatifully slotted penalty in the 33rd minute. 7-10._However, for all Glasgow's defence was staunch (and it was - the Borders piling on the pressure time and time again), the home side_would be bitterly disappointed by the number of errors made when looking certain to go in for the try._Dropped balls, missed passes, shoddy footwork all led to Glasgow maintaining their lead - even when they went down to 14 men when Nathan Ross was yellow carded.More fisticuffs, more missed place kicks from the home team and more frustrating mistakes were the tale of the second half._None more so when The Borders' Calum MacRae made the most impressive break of the day only for his final pass to sub Ross Ford to be fumbled and dropped by the hooker - much to the home crowd's distress.It was then the turn for the visiting crowd's distress when Dan Parks floated a high kick to the corner, Paul Dearlove stretched to palm it back for a waiting Donnie Macfadyen, who collected and crossed the line._However, such lovely skill and ingenuity from the trio was denied when touch judge Iain Ramage deemed Dearlove's pass behind him to have actually gone forward._Thus was the tale of the game as a whole - frustrating, for both those on and off the park.Final score: The Borders 7_Glasgow 10.The Borders: Gareth Morton; Jon Steel, Calum MacRae, Alistair Dickson, Stuart Moffat; Charlie Hore, Chris Cusiter; Paul Thomson (captain), Steve Scott, Bruce Douglas, Scott Macleod, Mark Blair, Scott Gray, Andy Rennick, Wayne McEntee.Subs: Ross Ford (for Scott 56 mins), Matt Parr (for Thomson 62 mins), Colin Stewart (for Gray 51 mins), Geoff Cross, Brendan McKerchar, Andy Miller, Alistair Warnock.Scorers: Try: Stuart Moffat. Conversion: Charlie Hore.Glasgow Rugby: Scott Barrow; Sean Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Andy Henderson, Kenny Logan; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Joe Beardshaw, Nathan Ross, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen.Subs: Scott Lawson (for Bulloch 40 mins), Andrew Kelly (for Harrison 55 mins), Andy Hall (for Ross 55 mins), Paul Dearlove (for Petrie - blood, several._For Wilson_55 mins), Graeme Beveridge (for Pinder 78 mins), Calvin Howarth, Andy Craig (for Morrison 59 mins)._Wilson came back onto the field 62-64 mins for Petrie (blood).Scorers: Try: Sam Pinder._Conversion: Dan Parks._Penalty: Dan Parks.Referee: Hugh Watkins (Wales)