Glasgow Lose Again To Llanelli

Llanelli Scarlets 38, Glasgow 22Glasgow suffered their second defeat on successive Sundays at Llanelli Scarlets" hands this afternoon. This time at Stradey Park, unlike the Hughenden game last week, they did not have the solace of a bonus point.Briefly, early in the second half, they led 15-12. Yet it was a match in which they could look back in regret at the opportunities they squandered, not least while Llanelli were twice down to 14 men.Another unhappy memory of the match was an injury to Kenny Logan in a head-on collision with David Hodges. The Llanelli forward was able to walk off the field after attention, but play was delayed for fully five minutes before Logan could be carried off on a stretcher. He had been unconscious for about two minutes.Both players were taken to hospital. Hodges had a severely cut right eyebrow as well as facial bruising, and Logan needed three stitches in a head cut. But after a brain scan he was fit enough to be allowed to fly home with his colleagues.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, was naturally disappointed with the defeat. "We weren't composed with ball in hand. We gave away possession too easily," he commented. "It was a bad day at the office - things just didn't stick."Even with wind advantage on a chilling afternoon, Glasgow were on the back foot almost from the kick-off, when Dwayne Peel shot away from a maul. The visitors survived, though not for long. Peel again was the instigator, this time with a tapped penalty at halfway, and the Llanelli assault led to an Aisea Havili try in the left corner with nine minutes gone.Midway in the second half Glasgow threatened for the first time with Graeme Beveridge's break from a scrummage at halfway. Logan linked, and a try would have been on if Gareth Bowen had not obstructed the supporting Gareth Maclure. Bowen was sin-binned, and Glasgow immediately exploited it. Andrew Henderson fielded a misguided Llanelli clearance, Graeme Morrison linked, and Maclure sliced through to score on the left.But Glasgow threw away a couple of other chances while Bowen was off, and just before he was due to return another mistake was even more damaging to the visitors" cause. Calvin Howarth lost the ball as he was tackled on the break in the home 22, and Llanelli countered by sweeping downfield for a Tal Selley try. Matthew Watkins converted for 12-5 after 28 minutes.It was then Selley's turn to be sin-binned, his offence a deliberate knock-on that denied Sean Lamont an almost certain try on the overlap. While the home wing was off a Howarth penalty goal cut the margin to four points at the interval. Glasgow were still in the game despite lineout fragility, and little more than a minute into the second half, as Hodges and Logan both went for a Watkins pass in the visitors" 22, the collision created loose ball that Lamont exploited. The wing accelerated away from Phil John and Watkins as he ran fully 80 metres for a try that Howarth converted.That took Glasgow to 15-12, but Bowen responded with three penalty goals. The second of them was downwind from halfway.He also damaged the Glasgow cause with his deep diagonal punts to the right, one of them laying the base for Havili to score on the left, the wing's second try. Vernon Cooper then scored under a heap of colleagues from a lineout drive, and as the extended injury time approached, with Llanelli hammering the Glasgow line, Sealy scored his second try, this one made by Salesi Finau's inside pass. Bowen added his only successful conversion.Deep into injury time Glasgow had the last word when Howarth long pass sent Scott Lawson scampering in from 20 metres for a try beside the posts. Morrison did much to create the try with a thrust on the right from the home 10-metre line into the 22, with Kevin Tkachuk in support to set up a productive ruck. Both in the making and the taking the score was proof of what Glasgow might have achieved. But the seven points, with Howarth converting, were too little too late.Llanelli Scarlets - Garan Evans (captain); Aisea Havili, Matthew Watkins, Salesi Finau, Tal Selley; Gareth Bowen, Dwayne Peel; Phil John, Matthew Rees, John Davies, Vernon Cooper, Chris Wyatt, Dafydd Jones, David Hodges, Gavin Thomas. Replacements - Adam Jones for Hodges 42 minutes, Robin McBryde for Rees 49, Iestyn Thomas for John 49, Mike Phillips for Peel 49, Barry Davies for Havili 66, Bryn Griffiths for Cooper 70, Arwell Thomas for Bowen 76. Yellow cards, Bowen, Selley.Tries, Havili (2), Seely (2), Cooper; conversions, Bowen, Watkins; penalty goals, Bowen (3).Glasgow - Kenny Logan; Sean Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Andy Henderson, Gareth Maclure; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Euan Murray, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements - Rory Kerr for Logan 42, Scott Lawson for Bulloch 49, Sam Pinder for Beveridge 64, John Beattie for Wilson 64, Joe Beardshaw for Hall 76, Andrew Kelly for Murray 81.Not used - Jonathan van der Schyff.Tries, Maclure, Lamont, Lawson; conversions, Howarth (2); penalty goal, Howarth.Referee - Joel Jugte (France).Attendance - 4500.Llanelli Scarlets 38, Glasgow 22Glasgow suffered their second defeat on successive Sundays at Llanelli Scarlets" hands this afternoon. This time at Stradey Park, unlike the Hughenden game last week, they did not have the solace of a bonus point.Briefly, early in the second half, they led 15-12. Yet it was a match in which they could look back in regret at the opportunities they squandered, not least while Llanelli were twice down to 14 men.Another unhappy memory of the match was an injury to Kenny Logan in a head-on collision with David Hodges. The Llanelli forward was able to walk off the field after attention, but play was delayed for fully five minutes before Logan could be carried off on a stretcher. He had been unconscious for about two minutes.Both players were taken to hospital. Hodges had a severely cut right eyebrow as well as facial bruising, and Logan needed three stitches in a head cut. But after a brain scan he was fit enough to be allowed to fly home with his colleagues.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, was naturally disappointed with the defeat. "We weren't composed with ball in hand. We gave away possession too easily," he commented. "It was a bad day at the office - things just didn't stick."Even with wind advantage on a chilling afternoon, Glasgow were on the back foot almost from the kick-off, when Dwayne Peel shot away from a maul. The visitors survived, though not for long. Peel again was the instigator, this time with a tapped penalty at halfway, and the Llanelli assault led to an Aisea Havili try in the left corner with nine minutes gone.Midway in the second half Glasgow threatened for the first time with Graeme Beveridge's break from a scrummage at halfway. Logan linked, and a try would have been on if Gareth Bowen had not obstructed the supporting Gareth Maclure. Bowen was sin-binned, and Glasgow immediately exploited it. Andrew Henderson fielded a misguided Llanelli clearance, Graeme Morrison linked, and Maclure sliced through to score on the left.But Glasgow threw away a couple of other chances while Bowen was off, and just before he was due to return another mistake was even more damaging to the visitors" cause. Calvin Howarth lost the ball as he was tackled on the break in the home 22, and Llanelli countered by sweeping downfield for a Tal Selley try. Matthew Watkins converted for 12-5 after 28 minutes.It was then Selley's turn to be sin-binned, his offence a deliberate knock-on that denied Sean Lamont an almost certain try on the overlap. While the home wing was off a Howarth penalty goal cut the margin to four points at the interval. Glasgow were still in the game despite lineout fragility, and little more than a minute into the second half, as Hodges and Logan both went for a Watkins pass in the visitors" 22, the collision created loose ball that Lamont exploited. The wing accelerated away from Phil John and Watkins as he ran fully 80 metres for a try that Howarth converted.That took Glasgow to 15-12, but Bowen responded with three penalty goals. The second of them was downwind from halfway.He also damaged the Glasgow cause with his deep diagonal punts to the right, one of them laying the base for Havili to score on the left, the wing's second try. Vernon Cooper then scored under a heap of colleagues from a lineout drive, and as the extended injury time approached, with Llanelli hammering the Glasgow line, Sealy scored his second try, this one made by Salesi Finau's inside pass. Bowen added his only successful conversion.Deep into injury time Glasgow had the last word when Howarth long pass sent Scott Lawson scampering in from 20 metres for a try beside the posts. Morrison did much to create the try with a thrust on the right from the home 10-metre line into the 22, with Kevin Tkachuk in support to set up a productive ruck. Both in the making and the taking the score was proof of what Glasgow might have achieved. But the seven points, with Howarth converting, were too little too late.Llanelli Scarlets - Garan Evans (captain); Aisea Havili, Matthew Watkins, Salesi Finau, Tal Selley; Gareth Bowen, Dwayne Peel; Phil John, Matthew Rees, John Davies, Vernon Cooper, Chris Wyatt, Dafydd Jones, David Hodges, Gavin Thomas. Replacements - Adam Jones for Hodges 42 minutes, Robin McBryde for Rees 49, Iestyn Thomas for John 49, Mike Phillips for Peel 49, Barry Davies for Havili 66, Bryn Griffiths for Cooper 70, Arwell Thomas for Bowen 76. Yellow cards, Bowen, Selley.Tries, Havili (2), Seely (2), Cooper; conversions, Bowen, Watkins; penalty goals, Bowen (3).Glasgow - Kenny Logan; Sean Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Andy Henderson, Gareth Maclure; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Euan Murray, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Replacements - Rory Kerr for Logan 42, Scott Lawson for Bulloch 49, Sam Pinder for Beveridge 64, John Beattie for Wilson 64, Joe Beardshaw for Hall 76, Andrew Kelly for Murray 81.Not used - Jonathan van der Schyff.Tries, Maclure, Lamont, Lawson; conversions, Howarth (2); penalty goal, Howarth.Referee - Joel Jugte (France).Attendance - 4500.