Glasgow Jump To Third In Celtic League

Glasgow 35, Connacht 0Glasgow, setting aside their European disappointments, leaped up to third place in the Celtic League table tonight with an emphatic victory against Connacht at Hughenden. It was Glasgow's fourth successive home league win, and now only Ospreys and Munster now lie ahead on the ladder.On the way, though belatedly, Glasgow also garnered a four-try bonus point as well as recording little points of history. It was the first time in the professional era that Glasgow had shut out any opposition, and the 35-point margin was their biggest win against any of the four Irish provinces.Five Welsh clubs have fallen by more than that. So, too, have Edinburgh, who, coincidently, will be Glasgow's next opponents - at Murrayfield a week on Monday.Glasgow last won by more than 35 points back in September 2002, when they saw off Bridgend by 47-11, also at Hughenden. Tonight, though, it was the opposition's zero rather than Glasgow's four tries that drew the most commendation from Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach."Our defence was outstanding," he remarked. "Very few tackles were missed out there. The defensive shape was very good."Only then did he compliment the bonus-point try, scored by Donnie Macfadyen with only injury time left. 'they worked well at the end to get it," the coach commented.As a measure of Glasgow's defensive game, Connacht were never in the home 22 throughout the first half. The visitors" only scoring chance was a penalty shot that Paul Warwick missed midway in the first half, and it was only in the final quarter that Connacht found first-line gaps.Despite the heavy ground, Glasgow were willing to spread the ball wide, with Calvin Howarth repeating the controlling form that he had shown in the Hughenden wins against The Borders and Llanelli in November. Graeme Morrison and Sean Lamont especially responded to the stand-off's promptings, and Scott Lawson was often busy in back-up.A prime example produced the try of the night - perhaps even the try of the season. Graeme Beveridge worked the ball out under pressure, and swift transfers by Howarth and Andy Henderson released Colin Shaw up the left touchline. The young full back tapped the accelerator to escape, and his inside pass sent Sean Lamont in to finish off with his second try of the game.Glasgow stated their aims almost from the kick-off, with Lawson scarpering into the Connacht 22. It produced only Howarth's first penalty goal, after only two minutes.Howarth kicked a second penalty goal three minutes later, and Glasgow continued to exert pressure, with only brief relaxation, once when Warwick missed a penalty. More could have been expected from the efforts, and 29 minutes had gone before Howarth had his third penalty goal.But just as half-time was looming Sean Lamont escaped up the left, leaving three would-be tacklers in his wake. He was downed in the 22 by John O'sullivan, but Warwick was sin-binned there. Glasgow immediately took advantage, swinging first to the right and then switching for Howarth's long pass to send Sean Lamont in.Howarth missed the conversion, leaving Glasgow 14-0 ahead at the interval, and in the first minute of the second half the stand-off was wide again, after Henderson's hack and chase had procured a penalty just outside the 22. However, Howarth soon threatened Connacht with a break that sent Graeme Beveridge close, and from the scrummage, though it twisted, Jon Petrie's pick-up retrieved the platform for Kevin Tkachuk to score. Howarth converted.Sean Lamont's second try and another Howarth conversion took Glasgow to 28-0 after 56 minutes. Victory was secure, though more than 20 minutes were to pass before the bonus point was secured, with Sean Lamont and Gordon Bulloch providing for Macfadyen's try, Dan Parks converting.Glasgow - Colin Shaw; Rory Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Andy Henderson, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie (captain). Substitutes - Gordon Bulloch for Lawson (59 minutes), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (60), Dan Parks for Howarth (60), Joe Beardshaw for Hall (63), John Beattie for Wilson (66), Andrew Kelly for Murray (67), Gareth Maclure for Morrison (70).Tries, Sean Lamont (2), Tkachuk, Macfadyen; conversions, Howarth (2), Parks; penalty goals, Howarth (3).Connacht - Matt Mostyn; Justin Meagher, Paul Warwick, James Downey, Conor McPhillips; Eric Elwood, Chris Keane; Ray Hogan, Bernard Jackman, Stephen Knoop, Christian Short, Andrew Farley, Michael Swift, John Muldoon, John O'sullivan. Substitutes - Brendan O"Connor for O'sullivan (19-21), Adrian Clarke for Hogan (50-51), Tom Tierney for Keane (50), Niall O"Brien for Elwood (50), Pieter Myburgh for Fowley (66), O"Connor for Swift (67), Clarke for Knoop (70). Not used - John Fogarty, Ted Robinson.Referee - Steve Leyshon (England).Glasgow 35, Connacht 0Glasgow, setting aside their European disappointments, leaped up to third place in the Celtic League table tonight with an emphatic victory against Connacht at Hughenden. It was Glasgow's fourth successive home league win, and now only Ospreys and Munster now lie ahead on the ladder.On the way, though belatedly, Glasgow also garnered a four-try bonus point as well as recording little points of history. It was the first time in the professional era that Glasgow had shut out any opposition, and the 35-point margin was their biggest win against any of the four Irish provinces.Five Welsh clubs have fallen by more than that. So, too, have Edinburgh, who, coincidently, will be Glasgow's next opponents - at Murrayfield a week on Monday.Glasgow last won by more than 35 points back in September 2002, when they saw off Bridgend by 47-11, also at Hughenden. Tonight, though, it was the opposition's zero rather than Glasgow's four tries that drew the most commendation from Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach."Our defence was outstanding," he remarked. "Very few tackles were missed out there. The defensive shape was very good."Only then did he compliment the bonus-point try, scored by Donnie Macfadyen with only injury time left. 'they worked well at the end to get it," the coach commented.As a measure of Glasgow's defensive game, Connacht were never in the home 22 throughout the first half. The visitors" only scoring chance was a penalty shot that Paul Warwick missed midway in the first half, and it was only in the final quarter that Connacht found first-line gaps.Despite the heavy ground, Glasgow were willing to spread the ball wide, with Calvin Howarth repeating the controlling form that he had shown in the Hughenden wins against The Borders and Llanelli in November. Graeme Morrison and Sean Lamont especially responded to the stand-off's promptings, and Scott Lawson was often busy in back-up.A prime example produced the try of the night - perhaps even the try of the season. Graeme Beveridge worked the ball out under pressure, and swift transfers by Howarth and Andy Henderson released Colin Shaw up the left touchline. The young full back tapped the accelerator to escape, and his inside pass sent Sean Lamont in to finish off with his second try of the game.Glasgow stated their aims almost from the kick-off, with Lawson scarpering into the Connacht 22. It produced only Howarth's first penalty goal, after only two minutes.Howarth kicked a second penalty goal three minutes later, and Glasgow continued to exert pressure, with only brief relaxation, once when Warwick missed a penalty. More could have been expected from the efforts, and 29 minutes had gone before Howarth had his third penalty goal.But just as half-time was looming Sean Lamont escaped up the left, leaving three would-be tacklers in his wake. He was downed in the 22 by John O'sullivan, but Warwick was sin-binned there. Glasgow immediately took advantage, swinging first to the right and then switching for Howarth's long pass to send Sean Lamont in.Howarth missed the conversion, leaving Glasgow 14-0 ahead at the interval, and in the first minute of the second half the stand-off was wide again, after Henderson's hack and chase had procured a penalty just outside the 22. However, Howarth soon threatened Connacht with a break that sent Graeme Beveridge close, and from the scrummage, though it twisted, Jon Petrie's pick-up retrieved the platform for Kevin Tkachuk to score. Howarth converted.Sean Lamont's second try and another Howarth conversion took Glasgow to 28-0 after 56 minutes. Victory was secure, though more than 20 minutes were to pass before the bonus point was secured, with Sean Lamont and Gordon Bulloch providing for Macfadyen's try, Dan Parks converting.Glasgow - Colin Shaw; Rory Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Andy Henderson, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Andrew Wilson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie (captain). Substitutes - Gordon Bulloch for Lawson (59 minutes), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (60), Dan Parks for Howarth (60), Joe Beardshaw for Hall (63), John Beattie for Wilson (66), Andrew Kelly for Murray (67), Gareth Maclure for Morrison (70).Tries, Sean Lamont (2), Tkachuk, Macfadyen; conversions, Howarth (2), Parks; penalty goals, Howarth (3).Connacht - Matt Mostyn; Justin Meagher, Paul Warwick, James Downey, Conor McPhillips; Eric Elwood, Chris Keane; Ray Hogan, Bernard Jackman, Stephen Knoop, Christian Short, Andrew Farley, Michael Swift, John Muldoon, John O'sullivan. Substitutes - Brendan O"Connor for O'sullivan (19-21), Adrian Clarke for Hogan (50-51), Tom Tierney for Keane (50), Niall O"Brien for Elwood (50), Pieter Myburgh for Fowley (66), O"Connor for Swift (67), Clarke for Knoop (70). Not used - John Fogarty, Ted Robinson.Referee - Steve Leyshon (England).