Glasgow Let Victory Chance Slip

Glasgow 29, Newport Gwent Dragons 38Glasgow had the winning of the Celtic League match against Dragons at Hughenden this evening. But they let it slip away in the final quarter, and from defeat they could not gain even a bonus point.It was frustrating when for well over an hour they had displayed resilience and perseverance. They had, too, the willingness and confidence to move the ball wide as much as possible in ideal conditions.Three times Glasgow came from behind, twice in the first half to led 7-3 after nine minutes and then 14-11 after 21. They stretched that to six points after 24, and though they were down 20-25 at the interval Dan Parks hauled them four points ahead on the hour with three of his five penalty goals.Their lead then could well have been more if Parks had not missed four other penalties. Two struck posts, and two were, admittedly, from more than 40 metres.So how then did Glasgow lose? Any one of half a dozen factors could be suggested.First, of course, were those penalty missed. Also, they lost a couple of soft tries to Jamie Ringer and Kevin Morgan in the first half. Then, Morgan's was immediately followed by a lineout drove for a Ron Snow try. In the second half, as Glasgow were trying to capitalise on their 29-25 lead, their rugby was too loose to capitalise on two close-range scrummages.Equally crucial, however, was a penalty against Dan Turner for ruck offside not far into Glasgow's half. The ball seemed well clear of the ruck, and the lock appeared fairly to run through from behind the back foot.Yet a penalty it was, and Gareth Cooper quickly exploited it with back-up from Gareth Wyatt and Michael Owen. Dragons had the scent of escape, and they enjoyed it. From a close-range scrum, following a penalty lineout in Glasgow's right corner, Michael Owen's pick-up let Cooper run round the blind side for a try. Ceri Sweeney converted and added a penalty goal, and in injury time Sione Tuipoluto struck the drop goal that denied Glasgow even a narrow-defeat bonus point.Parks had seven goals from 11 shots kicks whereas Sweeney kicked six from seven, the first a penalty in four minutes after Peter Sidoli had squandered a golden chance, knocking on with a clear run to the line in the right corner. But Glasgow soon responded, with Graeme Morrison making the initial dent in midfield. A long pass to the left by Parks allowed Sean Lamont to send Paul Dearlove over in the corner. It was excellent support by the blind-side flanker, and he was to continue that good work until he was carried off the field with an ankle injury after 66 minutes.Parks converted, but back came Dragons. A Sweeney penalty goal was followed by Ringer's try, the flanker finding wide open space to run through from Hal Luscombe's offload from a tackle.Sweeney failed to convert, and the fluctuations continued when Andrew Henderson slipped the ball away out of contact for Scott Barrow's thrust to lay on a try for Donnie Macfadyen. Here was a second try from exemplary support play by flankers.Parks converted and added a penalty goal for 17-11 in 24 minutes. The scoring rate was furious, and it was maintained by Luscombe's break for Morgan's try in 28 minutes, the full back running in from about 35 metres and scoring despite Lamont's tackle. Sweeney converted both that and Snow's try three minutes later.Dragons led 25-17, but Parks pulled the margin back with another penalty goal. It was, though, sandwiched by two misses, the first from close to halfway.Parks overturned the half-time deficit with three penalty goals (from five attempts). The third was scant reward for enterprising play by Sam Pinder, Henderson, and Lee Harrison in the visitors" 22, but Glasgow, despite pressure, with Henderson agonisingly close, could not glean what would surely have been the settling try, if not the decisive score. Instead, Dragons found the ways and means to notch 13 points in the last 12 minutes.Glasgow - Scott Barrow; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Andrew Wilson for Hall (60 minutes), John Beattie for Dearlove (66), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (73), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (75), Kelly for Harrison (75). Replacements not used - Calvin Howarth, Kenny Logan.Tries, Dearlove, Macfadyen; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goals, Parks (5).Newport Gwent Dragons - Kevin Morgan; Gareth Wyatt, Hal Luscombe, Sione Tuipulotu, Nathan Brew; Ceri Sweeney, Gareth Cooper; Rod Snow, Steve Jones, Rhys Thomas, Ian Gough, Peter Sidoli, Richard Bryan, Michael Owen (captain), Jamie Ringer. Substitutes - Adam Black for Thomas (half-time), Rhys Oakley for Bryan (80), Jon Bryant for Luscombe (81).Tries, Cooper, Morgan, Ringer, Snow; conversions, Sweeney (3); penalty goals, Sweeney (3); drop goal, Tuipulotu.Referee - Alistair McKay (Ireland).Attendance - 1918.Glasgow 29, Newport Gwent Dragons 38Glasgow had the winning of the Celtic League match against Dragons at Hughenden this evening. But they let it slip away in the final quarter, and from defeat they could not gain even a bonus point.It was frustrating when for well over an hour they had displayed resilience and perseverance. They had, too, the willingness and confidence to move the ball wide as much as possible in ideal conditions.Three times Glasgow came from behind, twice in the first half to led 7-3 after nine minutes and then 14-11 after 21. They stretched that to six points after 24, and though they were down 20-25 at the interval Dan Parks hauled them four points ahead on the hour with three of his five penalty goals.Their lead then could well have been more if Parks had not missed four other penalties. Two struck posts, and two were, admittedly, from more than 40 metres.So how then did Glasgow lose? Any one of half a dozen factors could be suggested.First, of course, were those penalty missed. Also, they lost a couple of soft tries to Jamie Ringer and Kevin Morgan in the first half. Then, Morgan's was immediately followed by a lineout drove for a Ron Snow try. In the second half, as Glasgow were trying to capitalise on their 29-25 lead, their rugby was too loose to capitalise on two close-range scrummages.Equally crucial, however, was a penalty against Dan Turner for ruck offside not far into Glasgow's half. The ball seemed well clear of the ruck, and the lock appeared fairly to run through from behind the back foot.Yet a penalty it was, and Gareth Cooper quickly exploited it with back-up from Gareth Wyatt and Michael Owen. Dragons had the scent of escape, and they enjoyed it. From a close-range scrum, following a penalty lineout in Glasgow's right corner, Michael Owen's pick-up let Cooper run round the blind side for a try. Ceri Sweeney converted and added a penalty goal, and in injury time Sione Tuipoluto struck the drop goal that denied Glasgow even a narrow-defeat bonus point.Parks had seven goals from 11 shots kicks whereas Sweeney kicked six from seven, the first a penalty in four minutes after Peter Sidoli had squandered a golden chance, knocking on with a clear run to the line in the right corner. But Glasgow soon responded, with Graeme Morrison making the initial dent in midfield. A long pass to the left by Parks allowed Sean Lamont to send Paul Dearlove over in the corner. It was excellent support by the blind-side flanker, and he was to continue that good work until he was carried off the field with an ankle injury after 66 minutes.Parks converted, but back came Dragons. A Sweeney penalty goal was followed by Ringer's try, the flanker finding wide open space to run through from Hal Luscombe's offload from a tackle.Sweeney failed to convert, and the fluctuations continued when Andrew Henderson slipped the ball away out of contact for Scott Barrow's thrust to lay on a try for Donnie Macfadyen. Here was a second try from exemplary support play by flankers.Parks converted and added a penalty goal for 17-11 in 24 minutes. The scoring rate was furious, and it was maintained by Luscombe's break for Morgan's try in 28 minutes, the full back running in from about 35 metres and scoring despite Lamont's tackle. Sweeney converted both that and Snow's try three minutes later.Dragons led 25-17, but Parks pulled the margin back with another penalty goal. It was, though, sandwiched by two misses, the first from close to halfway.Parks overturned the half-time deficit with three penalty goals (from five attempts). The third was scant reward for enterprising play by Sam Pinder, Henderson, and Lee Harrison in the visitors" 22, but Glasgow, despite pressure, with Henderson agonisingly close, could not glean what would surely have been the settling try, if not the decisive score. Instead, Dragons found the ways and means to notch 13 points in the last 12 minutes.Glasgow - Scott Barrow; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Andrew Wilson for Hall (60 minutes), John Beattie for Dearlove (66), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (73), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (75), Kelly for Harrison (75). Replacements not used - Calvin Howarth, Kenny Logan.Tries, Dearlove, Macfadyen; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goals, Parks (5).Newport Gwent Dragons - Kevin Morgan; Gareth Wyatt, Hal Luscombe, Sione Tuipulotu, Nathan Brew; Ceri Sweeney, Gareth Cooper; Rod Snow, Steve Jones, Rhys Thomas, Ian Gough, Peter Sidoli, Richard Bryan, Michael Owen (captain), Jamie Ringer. Substitutes - Adam Black for Thomas (half-time), Rhys Oakley for Bryan (80), Jon Bryant for Luscombe (81).Tries, Cooper, Morgan, Ringer, Snow; conversions, Sweeney (3); penalty goals, Sweeney (3); drop goal, Tuipulotu.Referee - Alistair McKay (Ireland).Attendance - 1918.