Glasgow Fall Prey To Ospreys

Neath-Swansea Ospreys 40, Glasgow 17Ospreys amply demonstrated this evening why they are flying high at top of the Celtic League. Theirs was all the pride and passion, power and pace, possession and position in scoring six tries to two in victory against Glasgow at St Helen's.It could well have been worse. Glasgow were on their back feet for much of the match, pummelled by Ospreys" direct, positive running.Nor did Glasgow help their own cause. The lineout play stuttered, and their restart game was equally poor. Glasgow had nine restart kicks in the match, and at least six of them played straight into the home team's hands.All that and poor ball protection forced Glasgow into playing the match mainly in defence. Their united tackle count was astronomical. Cammy Mather did much good work in that respect on his return to rugby after four months" absence because of injury, and Sean Lamont once more reminded us that he has the ability to snare an opponent on whom he initially grabs even by a finger-nail. But few in the Glasgow ranks could do much when the likes of Shane Williams was threading the eye of the needle with pace.What little Glasgow achieved was squeezed out of scraps, with a try at the end of each half, respectively by Mather and his fellow flanker, Donnie Macfadyen. Glasgow could have had two more but for lack of control and composure in the delivery of a vital pass. Notably, Sam Pinder and Steve Swindall were recalled because of forward passes with the goal-line in clear sight.Ironically, after weathering an early storm, Glasgow opened the scoring with a Dan Parks penalty goal in 11 minutes. Almost immediately, though, Pinder's late tackle on Gavin Henson allowed the latter to equalise in kind. As if that was not enough self-inflicted damage, Parks's restart went straight into touch, and off the ensuing scrum Ospreys launched their trademark ploy of persistent, secure recycling for David Bishop to send Steve Tandy in, Henson converting.More pf the same produced a try by Sonny Parker. Henson missed the conversion, but after a John Beattie pick-up and thrust had gained nothing because of lack of support the home stand-off added a wind-assisted penalty goal from two metres inside his own half. After 32 minutes Ospreys led 18-3, and Glasgow had hardly been in the game.Suddenly, however, the visitors found the means to score a try, promoted by a Parks break in Osprey's 22. Kevin Tkachuk almost made it to the line, and Pinder's feed to the blind side put Mather over. Parks converted across the strong breeze from tight on the left touchline, a kick that took the stand-off past a half-century of points in this Celtic season.Henson was not far wide with a drop kick from inside his own half, and the first half ended with Ospreys in control. Only a typically forceful tackle by Sean Lamont denied Richard Mustoe on the right after Shane Williams had cut loose on the left.More percussion hammering by Ospreys produced a try for Andrew Millward 10 minutes into the second half. But Glasgow then had one of their rare threats, young Beattie breaking up the right touchline only for the thrust to break down with a forward pass to Pinder.More siege-gun assaults, with Richard Pugh and Ryan Jones held up on the line, gained a scrum pick-up try by the latter. Henson converted, and more of the same ended with a Mustoe try.Glasgow then gifted a try, with Adrian Durston running back from a loose kick ahead by Pinder. The product was a Bishop try off Shane Williams.As in the first half, however, Glasgow had the final score. Calvin Howarth's half-break and Swindall's thrust procured a close-range penalty off which Macfadyen scored. Howarth converted from the right touchline.A statistic, best buried as a footnote - This was only the second time Glasgow had conceded six tries in a Celtic match. The one previous occasion, ironically, was at home at Hughenden against the now defunct Celtic Warriors in April this year.Neath Swansea Ospreys - Adrian Durston; Richard Mustoe, David Bishop, Sonny Parker, Shane Williams; Gavin Henson, Andy Williams; Paul James, Barry Williams, Andrew Millward, Brent Cockbain, Lyndon Bateman, Andrew Lloyd, Ryan Jones, Steve Tandy. Replacements - James Bater for Lloyd (44 minutes), Richard Pugh for Cockbain (58), Duncan Jones for James (58), Jason Spice for Andrew Williams (58), Elvis Seveali"I for Parker (70), Huw Bennett for Barry Williams (71), Matthew Jones for Henson (71), James for Millward (74).Tries, Tandy, Parker, Millward, Ryan Jones, Mustoe, Bishop; conversions, Henson (2); penalty goals, Henson (2).Glasgow - Scott Barrow; Kenny Logan, Andy Craig, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Cammy Mather, John Beattie, Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements - Rory Kerr for Craig (51), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (56), Calvin Howarth for Parks (58), Andrew Wilson for Mather (66), Andrew Kelly for Harrison (67), Steve Swindall for Turner (79).Tries, Mather, Macfadyen; conversions, Parks, Howarth; penalty goal, Parks.Referee - Alan Lewis (Ireland).Attendance - 4086.Neath-Swansea Ospreys 40, Glasgow 17Ospreys amply demonstrated this evening why they are flying high at top of the Celtic League. Theirs was all the pride and passion, power and pace, possession and position in scoring six tries to two in victory against Glasgow at St Helen's.It could well have been worse. Glasgow were on their back feet for much of the match, pummelled by Ospreys" direct, positive running.Nor did Glasgow help their own cause. The lineout play stuttered, and their restart game was equally poor. Glasgow had nine restart kicks in the match, and at least six of them played straight into the home team's hands.All that and poor ball protection forced Glasgow into playing the match mainly in defence. Their united tackle count was astronomical. Cammy Mather did much good work in that respect on his return to rugby after four months" absence because of injury, and Sean Lamont once more reminded us that he has the ability to snare an opponent on whom he initially grabs even by a finger-nail. But few in the Glasgow ranks could do much when the likes of Shane Williams was threading the eye of the needle with pace.What little Glasgow achieved was squeezed out of scraps, with a try at the end of each half, respectively by Mather and his fellow flanker, Donnie Macfadyen. Glasgow could have had two more but for lack of control and composure in the delivery of a vital pass. Notably, Sam Pinder and Steve Swindall were recalled because of forward passes with the goal-line in clear sight.Ironically, after weathering an early storm, Glasgow opened the scoring with a Dan Parks penalty goal in 11 minutes. Almost immediately, though, Pinder's late tackle on Gavin Henson allowed the latter to equalise in kind. As if that was not enough self-inflicted damage, Parks's restart went straight into touch, and off the ensuing scrum Ospreys launched their trademark ploy of persistent, secure recycling for David Bishop to send Steve Tandy in, Henson converting.More pf the same produced a try by Sonny Parker. Henson missed the conversion, but after a John Beattie pick-up and thrust had gained nothing because of lack of support the home stand-off added a wind-assisted penalty goal from two metres inside his own half. After 32 minutes Ospreys led 18-3, and Glasgow had hardly been in the game.Suddenly, however, the visitors found the means to score a try, promoted by a Parks break in Osprey's 22. Kevin Tkachuk almost made it to the line, and Pinder's feed to the blind side put Mather over. Parks converted across the strong breeze from tight on the left touchline, a kick that took the stand-off past a half-century of points in this Celtic season.Henson was not far wide with a drop kick from inside his own half, and the first half ended with Ospreys in control. Only a typically forceful tackle by Sean Lamont denied Richard Mustoe on the right after Shane Williams had cut loose on the left.More percussion hammering by Ospreys produced a try for Andrew Millward 10 minutes into the second half. But Glasgow then had one of their rare threats, young Beattie breaking up the right touchline only for the thrust to break down with a forward pass to Pinder.More siege-gun assaults, with Richard Pugh and Ryan Jones held up on the line, gained a scrum pick-up try by the latter. Henson converted, and more of the same ended with a Mustoe try.Glasgow then gifted a try, with Adrian Durston running back from a loose kick ahead by Pinder. The product was a Bishop try off Shane Williams.As in the first half, however, Glasgow had the final score. Calvin Howarth's half-break and Swindall's thrust procured a close-range penalty off which Macfadyen scored. Howarth converted from the right touchline.A statistic, best buried as a footnote - This was only the second time Glasgow had conceded six tries in a Celtic match. The one previous occasion, ironically, was at home at Hughenden against the now defunct Celtic Warriors in April this year.Neath Swansea Ospreys - Adrian Durston; Richard Mustoe, David Bishop, Sonny Parker, Shane Williams; Gavin Henson, Andy Williams; Paul James, Barry Williams, Andrew Millward, Brent Cockbain, Lyndon Bateman, Andrew Lloyd, Ryan Jones, Steve Tandy. Replacements - James Bater for Lloyd (44 minutes), Richard Pugh for Cockbain (58), Duncan Jones for James (58), Jason Spice for Andrew Williams (58), Elvis Seveali"I for Parker (70), Huw Bennett for Barry Williams (71), Matthew Jones for Henson (71), James for Millward (74).Tries, Tandy, Parker, Millward, Ryan Jones, Mustoe, Bishop; conversions, Henson (2); penalty goals, Henson (2).Glasgow - Scott Barrow; Kenny Logan, Andy Craig, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Cammy Mather, John Beattie, Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements - Rory Kerr for Craig (51), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (56), Calvin Howarth for Parks (58), Andrew Wilson for Mather (66), Andrew Kelly for Harrison (67), Steve Swindall for Turner (79).Tries, Mather, Macfadyen; conversions, Parks, Howarth; penalty goal, Parks.Referee - Alan Lewis (Ireland).Attendance - 4086.