Glasgow Salvage A Bonus Point From Defeat

Glasgow 9, Northampton Saints 13Glasgow dived deep into their reserves of endeavour and commitment this afternoon. But the only treasure they came up with was a small trinket in the shape of a bonus point from defeat by Northampton Saints in the Heineken Cup round-one match at sodden Hughenden.An early try for Saints by Ben Cohen was not the sign of what was to come. Soft score it may have been, it did not dampen Glasgow's enthusiasm for the contest.Handling mistakes by both sides were inevitable in wet conditions, but Glasgow's perseverance was admirable, not least when they were down to 14 with Donnie Macfadyen in the sin-bin in the second half. For phases of the final quarter it looked as if they might turn the result round in their favour - with wholehearted commitment to driving the ball forward and, against the flow, with predatory tackling.In other key areas, though, Glasgow let themselves down, as Hugh Campbell, their head coach, pointed out afterwards. "We didn't kick well. We didn't find touch," he pointed out.Dan Parks was the main culprit, though he scored a goal from each of his three penalty attempts. Early on the stand-off lost his footing as attempted a long clearance from close his own dead-ball line, and thereafter he seemed caught in the dilemma between length and safety."We couldn't get clean ball away from contact," the coach added as another pointer to a defeat that has to be seen in the context of Glasgow's next game. That is another Heineken engagement, the match against Toulouse in France in only five days" time.All of that meant that Glasgow could not develop consistency off their superior lineout game. Now, by failing to win at home, Glasgow now need to win four out of their five remaining matches to have any real chance of qualifying for the tournament's knock-out stages. 'that makes it difficult," the coach commented. "But not impossible!'three hours before kick-off it was a wonder the game was even played. Three large pools of water were a legacy of heavy rain earlier in the morning, and the ground was sodden as the rain continued to pour down. Brushes and forks and willing manpower helped to clear the worst of the water hazards. So did one of those power-blowers usually used to sweep away autumn leaves. The rain relented, too.But by kick-off time, even though the rainfall had eased, with the sun briefly glinting through, the ground was sodden, and it was obvious that the contest would not be a flowing game, with the ball spinning wide. That was a severe hindrance to the way Glasgow want to play the game, and the weight of the handicap was increased when, after little more than a minute's play, Chris Budgen too easily slipped a couple of tackles in midfield. The way was open for Marc Stcherbina to send Ben Cohen in from 20 metres or so. Shane Drahm added the conversion.Ten minutes later fortunate turned Glasgow's way when Darren Fox was sin-binned for a head-butt, and the home team soon profited. Gordon Bulloch charged in Saints" 22, Sam Pinder carried on, and the resultant pressure procured a penalty from which Parks extracted the three points.Soon afterwards Jon Petrie won a crucial lineout in Saints" 22 for Parks and Andy Hall to threaten. But nothing came of it, and when Petrie was penalised 10 metres inside his own Drahm had a chance to extend Saints" lead. But the ball rebounded off the crossbar.Just as the first half was drawing to a close Cammy Mather won turnover ball inside his own half, Hall immediately stole a Northampton lineout, and Parks broke for Sean Lamont to threaten on the left. An "over the top" penalty led to another Parks goal, taking his personally tally past 300 in 31 games for Glasgow, and his team were only one point adrift at 6-7 at the interval.Many a referee would have penalised Mather's effort in the prelude to that second penalty goal. But throughout the first half Eric Darriere adopted the typically French shoulder-shrugging attitude to players" ball-winning on the ground. In the second half he changed his tune. Drahm kicked two penalty goals, after 11 and 15 minutes, and for the second of those Macfadyen was sin-binned.Apart from that latter goal, however, Glasgow survived the flanker's absence. Indeed, Lamont seemed as though he was away for a deserved try, the wing handing off Wylie Human after he had been sent away by Rory Kerr. But the referee called Lamont back because Kerr's pass had been judged to have been forward, a decision that drew howls of derision from the crowd.As soon as Macfadyen returned the home pack made another statement of intent when Hall again stole a Northampton throw-in. But it was less than 10 minutes before the end before Glasgow edged as close as four points, when Darriere penalised Saints for slipping the scrummage binding, and Parks kicked his third goal. That was as close as Glasgow could go.Glasgow - Rory Kerr; Kenny Logan, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Cammy Mather, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Andrew Kelly for Tkachuk (22-32 minutes), Kelly for Harrison (71), Calvin Howarth for Kerr (71), Andrew Wilson for Hall (76), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (76). Replacements not used - Scott Lawson, John Beattie, Andy Craig.Penalty goals, Parks (3).Northampton Saints - Bruce Reihana; John Rudd, Marc Stcherbina, Chris Hyndman, Ben Cohen; Shane Drahm, Mark Robinson; Chris Budgen, Dan Richmond, Robbie Kempson, Matt Lord, Damien Browne, Darren Fox, Andrew Blowers, Corne Krige (captain). Substitutes - Wylie Human for Rudd (53), Grant Seely for Blowers (77), Brett Sturgess for Budgen (82). Replacements not used - Johan van Wyk, Ed O'donoghue, Johnny Howard, Andy Vilk.Try, Cohen; conversion, Drahm; penalty goals, Drahm (2).Referee - Eric Darriere (France).Heineken man of the match - Robinson.Attendance - 2772.Glasgow 9, Northampton Saints 13Glasgow dived deep into their reserves of endeavour and commitment this afternoon. But the only treasure they came up with was a small trinket in the shape of a bonus point from defeat by Northampton Saints in the Heineken Cup round-one match at sodden Hughenden.An early try for Saints by Ben Cohen was not the sign of what was to come. Soft score it may have been, it did not dampen Glasgow's enthusiasm for the contest.Handling mistakes by both sides were inevitable in wet conditions, but Glasgow's perseverance was admirable, not least when they were down to 14 with Donnie Macfadyen in the sin-bin in the second half. For phases of the final quarter it looked as if they might turn the result round in their favour - with wholehearted commitment to driving the ball forward and, against the flow, with predatory tackling.In other key areas, though, Glasgow let themselves down, as Hugh Campbell, their head coach, pointed out afterwards. "We didn't kick well. We didn't find touch," he pointed out.Dan Parks was the main culprit, though he scored a goal from each of his three penalty attempts. Early on the stand-off lost his footing as attempted a long clearance from close his own dead-ball line, and thereafter he seemed caught in the dilemma between length and safety."We couldn't get clean ball away from contact," the coach added as another pointer to a defeat that has to be seen in the context of Glasgow's next game. That is another Heineken engagement, the match against Toulouse in France in only five days" time.All of that meant that Glasgow could not develop consistency off their superior lineout game. Now, by failing to win at home, Glasgow now need to win four out of their five remaining matches to have any real chance of qualifying for the tournament's knock-out stages. 'that makes it difficult," the coach commented. "But not impossible!'three hours before kick-off it was a wonder the game was even played. Three large pools of water were a legacy of heavy rain earlier in the morning, and the ground was sodden as the rain continued to pour down. Brushes and forks and willing manpower helped to clear the worst of the water hazards. So did one of those power-blowers usually used to sweep away autumn leaves. The rain relented, too.But by kick-off time, even though the rainfall had eased, with the sun briefly glinting through, the ground was sodden, and it was obvious that the contest would not be a flowing game, with the ball spinning wide. That was a severe hindrance to the way Glasgow want to play the game, and the weight of the handicap was increased when, after little more than a minute's play, Chris Budgen too easily slipped a couple of tackles in midfield. The way was open for Marc Stcherbina to send Ben Cohen in from 20 metres or so. Shane Drahm added the conversion.Ten minutes later fortunate turned Glasgow's way when Darren Fox was sin-binned for a head-butt, and the home team soon profited. Gordon Bulloch charged in Saints" 22, Sam Pinder carried on, and the resultant pressure procured a penalty from which Parks extracted the three points.Soon afterwards Jon Petrie won a crucial lineout in Saints" 22 for Parks and Andy Hall to threaten. But nothing came of it, and when Petrie was penalised 10 metres inside his own Drahm had a chance to extend Saints" lead. But the ball rebounded off the crossbar.Just as the first half was drawing to a close Cammy Mather won turnover ball inside his own half, Hall immediately stole a Northampton lineout, and Parks broke for Sean Lamont to threaten on the left. An "over the top" penalty led to another Parks goal, taking his personally tally past 300 in 31 games for Glasgow, and his team were only one point adrift at 6-7 at the interval.Many a referee would have penalised Mather's effort in the prelude to that second penalty goal. But throughout the first half Eric Darriere adopted the typically French shoulder-shrugging attitude to players" ball-winning on the ground. In the second half he changed his tune. Drahm kicked two penalty goals, after 11 and 15 minutes, and for the second of those Macfadyen was sin-binned.Apart from that latter goal, however, Glasgow survived the flanker's absence. Indeed, Lamont seemed as though he was away for a deserved try, the wing handing off Wylie Human after he had been sent away by Rory Kerr. But the referee called Lamont back because Kerr's pass had been judged to have been forward, a decision that drew howls of derision from the crowd.As soon as Macfadyen returned the home pack made another statement of intent when Hall again stole a Northampton throw-in. But it was less than 10 minutes before the end before Glasgow edged as close as four points, when Darriere penalised Saints for slipping the scrummage binding, and Parks kicked his third goal. That was as close as Glasgow could go.Glasgow - Rory Kerr; Kenny Logan, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Cammy Mather, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Andrew Kelly for Tkachuk (22-32 minutes), Kelly for Harrison (71), Calvin Howarth for Kerr (71), Andrew Wilson for Hall (76), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (76). Replacements not used - Scott Lawson, John Beattie, Andy Craig.Penalty goals, Parks (3).Northampton Saints - Bruce Reihana; John Rudd, Marc Stcherbina, Chris Hyndman, Ben Cohen; Shane Drahm, Mark Robinson; Chris Budgen, Dan Richmond, Robbie Kempson, Matt Lord, Damien Browne, Darren Fox, Andrew Blowers, Corne Krige (captain). Substitutes - Wylie Human for Rudd (53), Grant Seely for Blowers (77), Brett Sturgess for Budgen (82). Replacements not used - Johan van Wyk, Ed O'donoghue, Johnny Howard, Andy Vilk.Try, Cohen; conversion, Drahm; penalty goals, Drahm (2).Referee - Eric Darriere (France).Heineken man of the match - Robinson.Attendance - 2772.