Glasgow Beaten In Hughenden Mud

Glasgow 10, Toulouse 30Dreadful though the conditions were, Glasgow and Toulouse contested a highly active and intensely competitive Heineken Cup match at Hughenden this evening. Of course, the visitors won, almost by right as one of the tournament favourites, but Glasgow contributed much, not least in the spirit of their defensive.On a night to resurrect those guid Scots words, slaister and glabber, Toulouse took away maximum points by scoring four tries. Yet such was Glasgow's commitment in the rain and mud that close on 40 minutes elapsed between the third and fourth French tries.Toulouse had three tries in the bag after half an hour for a 19-3 lead, but Glasgow produced one of their own. It was as good as any that the visitors scored. Dan Parks lofted a long pass to the left deep in his own half for Calvin Howarth to slice through across halfway, and Andy Craig continued inside, the centre cutting towards the posts for Joe Beardshaw to finish off with the try. Parks converted, adding to his earlier penalty goal.Beardshaw had done admirably to be there for the scoring pass, and he offered other useful bits on his return to the starting XV, marking his presence early on by stealing a Toulouse lineout. But it was Cammy Mather who made the strongest impression, not just among those resuming. His work rate in defence was exceptional.However, Glasgow's efforts foundered under the pressure they were on in the set pieces. Despite Beardshaw's early poaching, the lineout game stuttered, and the scrummage creaked once Lee Harrison had departed with a knee injury after only 22 minutes. Indeed, for the final minutes of the match the scrums were uncontested as Gordon Bulloch - replaced as hooker after 56 minutes - had to return at prop for the injured Kevin Tkachuk.Glasgow had the edge in the opening half-dozen minutes. Sam Pinder essayed a couple of testing breaks. Off the second of those, Gareth Maclure linked for Parks to chip through to the goal-line, forcing a five-metre scrum. But Toulouse pinched the ball against the head, and they were swiftly - and profitably - down the other end for the first time. Off a tackle penalty they created space on the right for Vincent Clerc to send Nicolas Jeanjean over, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde converting.Parks answered with a penalty goal, but Toulouse had a fortuitous second try after only nine minutes. A good half-dozen visiting players were blatantly offside from a kick ahead, but the referee ignored that. Instead, Elissalde sent Gregory Lamboley in, and again the scrum half converted.Loose scrummage ball, soon after Harrison's departure, allowed Elissalde away again. This time Florian Fritz scored the try. Elissalde missed the conversion, but even by then he had done almost enough to earn the man-of-the-match prize that he was eventually awarded.Beardshaw's try lifted Glasgow spirits coming up to half-time, but an Elissalde penalty goal eased Toulouse to 22-10 only four minutes after the interval. Then followed fully 10 minutes of fearsome French pressure on the goal-line. Glasgow's resistance was all part of the evening's excitement and entertainment.Clerc seemed to have broken the defence once, though denied because of a forward pass. Thereafter Toulouse had several bursts of unsuccessfully hammering the Glasgow line. But ironically it was from longer range that they had their two other scores.Elissalde had a second penalty goal, this from all of 40 metres, and when Glasgow at last won their way back into the Toulouse 22 - almost half an hour into the second half - they paid a costly price for turned-over ball. The visitors broke out, and Clerc finished off with the try.Belatedly, Howarth, fielding a kick ahead, countered with a break into the Toulouse half, but his pass out left was blocked. That was Glasgow's last chance of another try.Glasgow, facing their first whitewash in seven Heineken campaigns, now have to cross the border to face Northampton a week today to complete their European season.Glasgow - Calvin Howarth; Gareth Maclure, Andy Craig, Graeme Morrison, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Cameron Mather, Jon Petrie (captain), Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Andrew Kelly for Harrison (22 minutes), David Millard for Maclure (half-time), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (56), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (56), Paul Dearlove for Beardshaw (68), Bulloch for Tkachuk (74). Not used - Andrew Henderson, John Beattie.Try, Beardshaw; conversion, Parks; penalty goal, Parks.Toulouse - Nicolas Jeanjean; Vincent Clerc, Florian Fritz, Yannick Jauzion, Cedric Heymans; Jean-Frederic Dubois, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde; Jean-Baptiste Poux, Yannick Bru (captain), Omar Hassan, Gregory Lamboley, Fabien Pelous, Jean Bouilhou, Christian Labit, Finau Maka. Substitutes - Isitoto Maka for Finau Maka (56), William Servat for Bru (61), Trevor Brennan for Pelous (63), Gareth Thomas for Heymans (68), Romain Millo-Chlusky for Lamboley (68), Patrice Collazo for Hassan (71), Clement Poitrenaud for Dubois (71).Tries, Jeanjean, Lamboley, Fritz, Clerc; conversions, Elissalde (2); penalty goals, Elissalde (2).Referee - Tony Spreadbury (England).Attendance - 3246.Glasgow 10, Toulouse 30Dreadful though the conditions were, Glasgow and Toulouse contested a highly active and intensely competitive Heineken Cup match at Hughenden this evening. Of course, the visitors won, almost by right as one of the tournament favourites, but Glasgow contributed much, not least in the spirit of their defensive.On a night to resurrect those guid Scots words, slaister and glabber, Toulouse took away maximum points by scoring four tries. Yet such was Glasgow's commitment in the rain and mud that close on 40 minutes elapsed between the third and fourth French tries.Toulouse had three tries in the bag after half an hour for a 19-3 lead, but Glasgow produced one of their own. It was as good as any that the visitors scored. Dan Parks lofted a long pass to the left deep in his own half for Calvin Howarth to slice through across halfway, and Andy Craig continued inside, the centre cutting towards the posts for Joe Beardshaw to finish off with the try. Parks converted, adding to his earlier penalty goal.Beardshaw had done admirably to be there for the scoring pass, and he offered other useful bits on his return to the starting XV, marking his presence early on by stealing a Toulouse lineout. But it was Cammy Mather who made the strongest impression, not just among those resuming. His work rate in defence was exceptional.However, Glasgow's efforts foundered under the pressure they were on in the set pieces. Despite Beardshaw's early poaching, the lineout game stuttered, and the scrummage creaked once Lee Harrison had departed with a knee injury after only 22 minutes. Indeed, for the final minutes of the match the scrums were uncontested as Gordon Bulloch - replaced as hooker after 56 minutes - had to return at prop for the injured Kevin Tkachuk.Glasgow had the edge in the opening half-dozen minutes. Sam Pinder essayed a couple of testing breaks. Off the second of those, Gareth Maclure linked for Parks to chip through to the goal-line, forcing a five-metre scrum. But Toulouse pinched the ball against the head, and they were swiftly - and profitably - down the other end for the first time. Off a tackle penalty they created space on the right for Vincent Clerc to send Nicolas Jeanjean over, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde converting.Parks answered with a penalty goal, but Toulouse had a fortuitous second try after only nine minutes. A good half-dozen visiting players were blatantly offside from a kick ahead, but the referee ignored that. Instead, Elissalde sent Gregory Lamboley in, and again the scrum half converted.Loose scrummage ball, soon after Harrison's departure, allowed Elissalde away again. This time Florian Fritz scored the try. Elissalde missed the conversion, but even by then he had done almost enough to earn the man-of-the-match prize that he was eventually awarded.Beardshaw's try lifted Glasgow spirits coming up to half-time, but an Elissalde penalty goal eased Toulouse to 22-10 only four minutes after the interval. Then followed fully 10 minutes of fearsome French pressure on the goal-line. Glasgow's resistance was all part of the evening's excitement and entertainment.Clerc seemed to have broken the defence once, though denied because of a forward pass. Thereafter Toulouse had several bursts of unsuccessfully hammering the Glasgow line. But ironically it was from longer range that they had their two other scores.Elissalde had a second penalty goal, this from all of 40 metres, and when Glasgow at last won their way back into the Toulouse 22 - almost half an hour into the second half - they paid a costly price for turned-over ball. The visitors broke out, and Clerc finished off with the try.Belatedly, Howarth, fielding a kick ahead, countered with a break into the Toulouse half, but his pass out left was blocked. That was Glasgow's last chance of another try.Glasgow, facing their first whitewash in seven Heineken campaigns, now have to cross the border to face Northampton a week today to complete their European season.Glasgow - Calvin Howarth; Gareth Maclure, Andy Craig, Graeme Morrison, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Cameron Mather, Jon Petrie (captain), Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Andrew Kelly for Harrison (22 minutes), David Millard for Maclure (half-time), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (56), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (56), Paul Dearlove for Beardshaw (68), Bulloch for Tkachuk (74). Not used - Andrew Henderson, John Beattie.Try, Beardshaw; conversion, Parks; penalty goal, Parks.Toulouse - Nicolas Jeanjean; Vincent Clerc, Florian Fritz, Yannick Jauzion, Cedric Heymans; Jean-Frederic Dubois, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde; Jean-Baptiste Poux, Yannick Bru (captain), Omar Hassan, Gregory Lamboley, Fabien Pelous, Jean Bouilhou, Christian Labit, Finau Maka. Substitutes - Isitoto Maka for Finau Maka (56), William Servat for Bru (61), Trevor Brennan for Pelous (63), Gareth Thomas for Heymans (68), Romain Millo-Chlusky for Lamboley (68), Patrice Collazo for Hassan (71), Clement Poitrenaud for Dubois (71).Tries, Jeanjean, Lamboley, Fritz, Clerc; conversions, Elissalde (2); penalty goals, Elissalde (2).Referee - Tony Spreadbury (England).Attendance - 3246.