Glasgow Save Face In Second Half

Toulouse 43, Glasgow 17At the interval in the Ernest Wallon caldron this evening Glasgow were down 7-31. They were facing a hefty Heineken Cup defeat against Toulouse, but in the second half the visitors stood toe-to-toe, face-to-face with the premier rugby club in Europe and earned plaudits for their persistence.Afterwards Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, had mixed feelings about the way game had gone - disappointed with the first half, consoled to some extend by the second."We were looking down the barrel of a heavy defeat at half-time," he remarked. "But I was pleased with the way we dug in."By half-time, even on a pitch damp after heavy afternoon rain, Toulouse had a bonus point in the bag. They scored three tries in six mad minutes late in the second half, Jean-Baptiste converting them all. Two of those could be attributed to lack of concentration by Glasgow. Over the second half, though, they were almost held to level pegging. Toulouse edged it by only 12-10.But it was early in the game that Glasgow let it slip. Down 0-3, after an Elissalde penalty goal after seven minutes, Glasgow had a glorious opportunity to make an emphatic statement of intent. Sean Lamont made the initial threat on the left, Jon Petrie and Donnie Macfadyen continued up the middle, and Dan Parks broke through close to the home line. But the stand-off's pass to the support on the left was intercepted, and Toulouse escaped.A try then would have surely worried even a team with the Toulouse reputation. Instead, the home team responded with a try that that a clear indication they could tighten the game at will. Trevor Brennan was driven over from a close-range penalty lineout, and Elissalde kicked the conversion.Lamont continued to be a constant threat. But Toulouse did more damage to the Glasgow cause in six minutes in the second quarter. Twice the ball bounced about as if in a pinball machine. Toulouse profited with tries by Gregory Lamboley and Frederic Michalak. Vincent Clerc then opened the way for Isitolo Maka to finish off with a charge in for a try.However, as the first half was going into added time, Lamont sliced in for a try between the posts after Kevin Tkachuk and Gordon Bulloch had done the groundwork. Parks added the conversion.Glasgow started off the second half with purposeful attitude, with Macfadyen cutting through on the left in the Toulouse 22 after Dan Turner's lineout take on the right. That pressure merited more than the ensuing penalty goal by Parks.Glasgow deserved more when Pinder had a go at the line. Instead, Christian Labit's interception deep in his own half led to a Yannick Jauzion try. The scorer also converted, and Glasgow's further momentary relaxation let slip the opportunity for a Cedric Heymans try.That was 43-10 after 64 minutes, but Glasgow's persistence and willingness eventually led to Macfadyen's try three minutes into added time. Parks converted from wide on the left, extending his strike rate to 24 consecutive successful goal kicks.Toulouse - Nicolas Jeanjean; Vincent Clerc, Florian Fritz, Clement Poitrenaud, Cedric Heymans; Frederic Michalak (captain), Jean-Baptiste Elissalde; Patrice Collazo, William Servat, Omar Hasan, Gregory Lamboley, Trevor Brennan, Jean Bouilhou, Isitoto Maka, Christian Labit. Replacements - David Gerard for Maka (34 minutes), Yannick Jauzion for Elissalde (54), Emile Ntamack for Michalak (54), Yannick Bru for Servat (54), Jean-Baptiste Poux for Hasan (59), Fabien Pelous for Bouilhou (64), Gareth Thomas for Poitrenaud (71), Hasan for Poux (74).Tries, Brennan, Lamboley, Michalak, Maka, Jauzion, Heymans; conversions, Elissalde (4), Jauzion; penalty goal, Elissalde.Glasgow - Rory Kerr; Kenny Logan, Andy Craig, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Dan Turner, Cameron Mather, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements - Calvin Howarth for Kerr (half-time), Euan Murray for Harrison (45), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (56), Graeme Morrison for Lamont (59), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (63), John Beattie for Petrie (66), Andrew Wilson for Hall (70).Tries, Lamont, Macfadyen; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goal, Parks.Referee - Nigel Owens (Wales).Attendance - 12,136.Toulouse 43, Glasgow 17At the interval in the Ernest Wallon caldron this evening Glasgow were down 7-31. They were facing a hefty Heineken Cup defeat against Toulouse, but in the second half the visitors stood toe-to-toe, face-to-face with the premier rugby club in Europe and earned plaudits for their persistence.Afterwards Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, had mixed feelings about the way game had gone - disappointed with the first half, consoled to some extend by the second."We were looking down the barrel of a heavy defeat at half-time," he remarked. "But I was pleased with the way we dug in."By half-time, even on a pitch damp after heavy afternoon rain, Toulouse had a bonus point in the bag. They scored three tries in six mad minutes late in the second half, Jean-Baptiste converting them all. Two of those could be attributed to lack of concentration by Glasgow. Over the second half, though, they were almost held to level pegging. Toulouse edged it by only 12-10.But it was early in the game that Glasgow let it slip. Down 0-3, after an Elissalde penalty goal after seven minutes, Glasgow had a glorious opportunity to make an emphatic statement of intent. Sean Lamont made the initial threat on the left, Jon Petrie and Donnie Macfadyen continued up the middle, and Dan Parks broke through close to the home line. But the stand-off's pass to the support on the left was intercepted, and Toulouse escaped.A try then would have surely worried even a team with the Toulouse reputation. Instead, the home team responded with a try that that a clear indication they could tighten the game at will. Trevor Brennan was driven over from a close-range penalty lineout, and Elissalde kicked the conversion.Lamont continued to be a constant threat. But Toulouse did more damage to the Glasgow cause in six minutes in the second quarter. Twice the ball bounced about as if in a pinball machine. Toulouse profited with tries by Gregory Lamboley and Frederic Michalak. Vincent Clerc then opened the way for Isitolo Maka to finish off with a charge in for a try.However, as the first half was going into added time, Lamont sliced in for a try between the posts after Kevin Tkachuk and Gordon Bulloch had done the groundwork. Parks added the conversion.Glasgow started off the second half with purposeful attitude, with Macfadyen cutting through on the left in the Toulouse 22 after Dan Turner's lineout take on the right. That pressure merited more than the ensuing penalty goal by Parks.Glasgow deserved more when Pinder had a go at the line. Instead, Christian Labit's interception deep in his own half led to a Yannick Jauzion try. The scorer also converted, and Glasgow's further momentary relaxation let slip the opportunity for a Cedric Heymans try.That was 43-10 after 64 minutes, but Glasgow's persistence and willingness eventually led to Macfadyen's try three minutes into added time. Parks converted from wide on the left, extending his strike rate to 24 consecutive successful goal kicks.Toulouse - Nicolas Jeanjean; Vincent Clerc, Florian Fritz, Clement Poitrenaud, Cedric Heymans; Frederic Michalak (captain), Jean-Baptiste Elissalde; Patrice Collazo, William Servat, Omar Hasan, Gregory Lamboley, Trevor Brennan, Jean Bouilhou, Isitoto Maka, Christian Labit. Replacements - David Gerard for Maka (34 minutes), Yannick Jauzion for Elissalde (54), Emile Ntamack for Michalak (54), Yannick Bru for Servat (54), Jean-Baptiste Poux for Hasan (59), Fabien Pelous for Bouilhou (64), Gareth Thomas for Poitrenaud (71), Hasan for Poux (74).Tries, Brennan, Lamboley, Michalak, Maka, Jauzion, Heymans; conversions, Elissalde (4), Jauzion; penalty goal, Elissalde.Glasgow - Rory Kerr; Kenny Logan, Andy Craig, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Dan Turner, Cameron Mather, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements - Calvin Howarth for Kerr (half-time), Euan Murray for Harrison (45), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (56), Graeme Morrison for Lamont (59), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (63), John Beattie for Petrie (66), Andrew Wilson for Hall (70).Tries, Lamont, Macfadyen; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goal, Parks.Referee - Nigel Owens (Wales).Attendance - 12,136.