Glasgow Fall Short

Edinburgh 18, Glasgow 12Glasgow's performance 10 days ago had much to commend it in the 35-0 victory against Connacht at Hughenden, not least their composure and perseverance for a fourth-try bonus point as well as the zero against the opposition name, a clear indicator of defensive worth. But all that was forgotten against Edinburgh this afternoon at Murrayfield, and the Celtic League game was lost.Edinburgh scored two tries to Glasgow's none. On that count alone the home team could claim to have deserved the result. They took their chances, though the second of their tries was - to put it mildly - dubious.Because of the defeat Glasgow dropped from fourth to fifth in the table, displaced by Dragons, who won at home against Cardiff by 25-21. Ironically, it will be against Dragons that Glasgow will play their next league game, though before then they have Heineken Cup business against Toulouse and Northampton.Glasgow had the better of the first half in all but the scoreline on a chilling Murrayfield afternoon. The half-time count was 3-3, a penalty goal each by Calvin Howarth and then Brendan Laney. The missing ingredient in the Glasgow game was composure. Surely, it would come, we thought. But it was not to be - they could not find that element from only 10 days back.No matter how hard they hammered Edinburgh's defensive line Glasgow could not breach it. Sean and Rory Lamont had a fair go at cracking the defence. So had Calvin Howarth, Andy Henderson, Jon Petrie et al. Kevin Tkachuk went as close as any, the prop held up over the line late in the first half. But even steel nail make little impression on iron girders!Nor did Glasgow's kick placements threaten to turn the opposition. Too often punts were no more than wasted possession, giving the ball away to grateful Edinburgh hands. But even Edinburgh's secure flat line would have fractured against a chipped kick over the top. Neither the notebook nor the memory records such a ploy.Glasgow could not exploit even Edinburgh's loss of Alastair Kellock and then Derrick Lee to yellow cards. For five minutes those two overlapped in the sin-bin, but even though Edinburgh were short-handed for 15 minutes overall Glasgow's return in that time was zilch.One early thrust by Sean Lamont, the wing running at pace on to Howarth's long, flat pass, procured the opening score. To that Howarth penalty goal Edinburgh responded by trying to plough Glasgow down with rolling mauls - the modern version of what the original Inter-City match might have been like 132 years ago, with 13 forwards a side.Glasgow's lineout was working well at that time, but when one such game by Andy Hall was overturned Edinburgh used to get within range. Laney kicked the goal.Another lineout take by Hall fired Gordon Bulloch and Graeme Beveridge. Rory Lamont galloped up the right touchline, and it was there that Kellock was sin-binned for obstruction the Glasgow support. The younger Lamont had another go at the line, that one denied by Laney, and when Howarth sent a long pass out left to Colin Shaw it produced only a yellow card for Lee. It was then that Tkachuk was held up.A lot of pressure gained nothing, and, perversely, the first half ended with Marcus di Rollo threatening for Edinburgh, Laney striking a drop kick wide, and Shaw having to pull off two tackles in quick succession. But Glasgow were back in charge early in the second half with a long phase of recycling. Howarth and Andrew Henderson went close before Howarth's second penalty goal put Glasgow ahead for the second time.Ten minutes into the second half Edinburgh went in front for the first time, when they spread wide to the left for Hugo Southwell to score in the corner. It was too far out for Laney to convert, and on the hour Howarth regained the lead for Glasgow with his third penalty goal after Rory Lamont had followed up Shaw's kick ahead.In the final quarter, however, the game turned away from Glasgow. Howarth struck a post with his fourth penalty shot, and when Southwell punted ahead out a tackle on the left Edinburgh were awarded a fortuitous try. Three Glasgow players failed to gather, and Craig Joiner pounced to score, though he appeared to knock on rather than exert the downward pressure that has been in the lawbook since before the first Inter-City match.Phil Godman, substituting for Laney, converted and then added a penalty goal when Donnie Macfadyen was sin-binned at a ruck in front of the Glasgow posts. It was the flanker's third yellow card of the season, and, consequently, he will have to miss Glasgow's next league match - the Newport game against the Dragons on 22 January.That second Godman goal meant that Glasgow needed two scores in the final 10 minutes. But it was only at the end, with the final kick of the match, five minutes into added time, that Dan Parks scored a penalty goal. It salvaged a bonus point, but Glasgow ought to have taken more than that from the match.Edinburgh - Derrick Lee; Craig Joiner, Marcus Di Rollo, Paul Boston, Hugo Southwell; Brendan Laney, Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Craig Smith, Fergus Pringle, Alastair Kellock, Todd Blackadder (captain), David Callam, Allister Hogg. Substitute - Phil Godman for Laney (62 minutes). Yellow cards - Kellock, Lee.Tries, Southwell, Joiner; conversion, Godman; penalty goals, Laney, Godman.Glasgow - Colin Shaw; Rory Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Andy Henderson, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Joe Beardshaw for Hall (49), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (53), Gareth Maclure for Morrison (53), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (62), Andrew Kelly for Harrison (67), Dan Parks for Howarth (70), John Beattie for Wilson (70). Yellow card - Macfadyen.Penalty goals, Howarth (3), Parks.Referee - Dave Pearson (England).Attendance - 3932.Edinburgh 18, Glasgow 12Glasgow's performance 10 days ago had much to commend it in the 35-0 victory against Connacht at Hughenden, not least their composure and perseverance for a fourth-try bonus point as well as the zero against the opposition name, a clear indicator of defensive worth. But all that was forgotten against Edinburgh this afternoon at Murrayfield, and the Celtic League game was lost.Edinburgh scored two tries to Glasgow's none. On that count alone the home team could claim to have deserved the result. They took their chances, though the second of their tries was - to put it mildly - dubious.Because of the defeat Glasgow dropped from fourth to fifth in the table, displaced by Dragons, who won at home against Cardiff by 25-21. Ironically, it will be against Dragons that Glasgow will play their next league game, though before then they have Heineken Cup business against Toulouse and Northampton.Glasgow had the better of the first half in all but the scoreline on a chilling Murrayfield afternoon. The half-time count was 3-3, a penalty goal each by Calvin Howarth and then Brendan Laney. The missing ingredient in the Glasgow game was composure. Surely, it would come, we thought. But it was not to be - they could not find that element from only 10 days back.No matter how hard they hammered Edinburgh's defensive line Glasgow could not breach it. Sean and Rory Lamont had a fair go at cracking the defence. So had Calvin Howarth, Andy Henderson, Jon Petrie et al. Kevin Tkachuk went as close as any, the prop held up over the line late in the first half. But even steel nail make little impression on iron girders!Nor did Glasgow's kick placements threaten to turn the opposition. Too often punts were no more than wasted possession, giving the ball away to grateful Edinburgh hands. But even Edinburgh's secure flat line would have fractured against a chipped kick over the top. Neither the notebook nor the memory records such a ploy.Glasgow could not exploit even Edinburgh's loss of Alastair Kellock and then Derrick Lee to yellow cards. For five minutes those two overlapped in the sin-bin, but even though Edinburgh were short-handed for 15 minutes overall Glasgow's return in that time was zilch.One early thrust by Sean Lamont, the wing running at pace on to Howarth's long, flat pass, procured the opening score. To that Howarth penalty goal Edinburgh responded by trying to plough Glasgow down with rolling mauls - the modern version of what the original Inter-City match might have been like 132 years ago, with 13 forwards a side.Glasgow's lineout was working well at that time, but when one such game by Andy Hall was overturned Edinburgh used to get within range. Laney kicked the goal.Another lineout take by Hall fired Gordon Bulloch and Graeme Beveridge. Rory Lamont galloped up the right touchline, and it was there that Kellock was sin-binned for obstruction the Glasgow support. The younger Lamont had another go at the line, that one denied by Laney, and when Howarth sent a long pass out left to Colin Shaw it produced only a yellow card for Lee. It was then that Tkachuk was held up.A lot of pressure gained nothing, and, perversely, the first half ended with Marcus di Rollo threatening for Edinburgh, Laney striking a drop kick wide, and Shaw having to pull off two tackles in quick succession. But Glasgow were back in charge early in the second half with a long phase of recycling. Howarth and Andrew Henderson went close before Howarth's second penalty goal put Glasgow ahead for the second time.Ten minutes into the second half Edinburgh went in front for the first time, when they spread wide to the left for Hugo Southwell to score in the corner. It was too far out for Laney to convert, and on the hour Howarth regained the lead for Glasgow with his third penalty goal after Rory Lamont had followed up Shaw's kick ahead.In the final quarter, however, the game turned away from Glasgow. Howarth struck a post with his fourth penalty shot, and when Southwell punted ahead out a tackle on the left Edinburgh were awarded a fortuitous try. Three Glasgow players failed to gather, and Craig Joiner pounced to score, though he appeared to knock on rather than exert the downward pressure that has been in the lawbook since before the first Inter-City match.Phil Godman, substituting for Laney, converted and then added a penalty goal when Donnie Macfadyen was sin-binned at a ruck in front of the Glasgow posts. It was the flanker's third yellow card of the season, and, consequently, he will have to miss Glasgow's next league match - the Newport game against the Dragons on 22 January.That second Godman goal meant that Glasgow needed two scores in the final 10 minutes. But it was only at the end, with the final kick of the match, five minutes into added time, that Dan Parks scored a penalty goal. It salvaged a bonus point, but Glasgow ought to have taken more than that from the match.Edinburgh - Derrick Lee; Craig Joiner, Marcus Di Rollo, Paul Boston, Hugo Southwell; Brendan Laney, Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Dougie Hall, Craig Smith, Fergus Pringle, Alastair Kellock, Todd Blackadder (captain), David Callam, Allister Hogg. Substitute - Phil Godman for Laney (62 minutes). Yellow cards - Kellock, Lee.Tries, Southwell, Joiner; conversion, Godman; penalty goals, Laney, Godman.Glasgow - Colin Shaw; Rory Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Andy Henderson, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Andrew Wilson, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Joe Beardshaw for Hall (49), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (53), Gareth Maclure for Morrison (53), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (62), Andrew Kelly for Harrison (67), Dan Parks for Howarth (70), John Beattie for Wilson (70). Yellow card - Macfadyen.Penalty goals, Howarth (3), Parks.Referee - Dave Pearson (England).Attendance - 3932.