Glasgow Exit From Heineken Cup

Northampton Saints 33, Glasgow 23Glasgow pushed Northampton all the way in a highly competitive and fast-flowing contest in ideal conditions at Franklin's Gardens this evening. They even led 13-5 at half-time, but they came away with nothing apart from their opponents" respect and the knowledge in their own minds that they have enough elements in their game to climb to a higher plane.Thus ended Glasgow's first whitewash in seven Heineken Cup campaigns. Ironically, however, their performance tonight was undoubtedly their best in an away match this season. They lacked nothing in their competitiveness, and if that can be continued into the remaining Celtic League programme they will surely finish well up the ladder.Even in defeat, Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's coach, took heart from the performance. "We"re performing better than last season," he remarked.But he was disappointed in Glasgow's scrummage and lineout play. "If our set piece had been more secure that would have made a difference," he commented.Saints" crucial surge was in the quarter of an hour after the interval. They scored two tries in that time, turning an eight-point deficit into a 19-13 lead.However, as a measure of Glasgow's determination, it was well into the final quarter before Saints secured their fourth try and a vital bonus point which will, surely, have taken them through to a quarter-final place. That was Bruce Reihana's second try of the match.Hugh Campbell also expressed regret that Glasgow had not made enough of their chances in the first quarter of the match, even though the first score was a Dan Parks penalty goal after 26 minutes.Glasgow quickly stated their intent with Dan Turner, Gordon Bulloch, and Graeme Morrison opening the way for Calvin Howarth, Jon Petrie, and Bulloch again to threaten the Saints" right corner. Kevin Tkachuk was driven over there, but he was denied a try. Sean Lamont, cutting in from the blind side, opened the way for Andy Craig, Morrison, and Parks to test the opposition.All that was in the first eight minutes, and more was to follow for Glasgow when Petrie broke up the middle after Joe Beardshaw's lineout take. But the threat was stifled when the Glasgow captain passed to his left, where Cammy Mather was quickly swamped. A pass to Andrew Wilson on Petrie's right might well have been the better option.Only then did the Saints find the means to threaten the Glasgow line for the first time. Andrew Blowers made the initial thrust into the visitors" 22. John Rudd and Reihana went close, Graeme Beveridge disrupted a close-range scrummage, and Reihana was tackled into the corner post by the combined efforts of Kenny Logan and Morrison.Another Petrie break fired Wilson up the left touchline, and both Parks and Howarth tried to break the deadlock with drop kicks at goal. It was only then that Parks kicked his first penalty goal.Reihana promptly responded with his first try, but Glasgow regained the lead in 36 minutes with another Parks penalty goal. A Paul Grayson cross kick for Ben Cohen was thwarted by Logan, and the Saints were surging forward again in injury time, with Reihana countering from a Parks clearance, when Lamont intercepted to run fully 70 metres to score. It was no less than Glasgow deserved for their efforts in the first quarter.It was a high point of an individual game that proved that Lamont is sharpening up again in time for Scotland's Six Nations programme. Hugh Campbell was complimentary: "It was the best game he's played for us since the autumn Tests."Parks converted the Lamont try for 13-5, but six long minutes into added time Logan was sin-binned for preventing fair clearance from a close-range ruck. His loss was to be crucial in the opening play of the second half.Northampton made three changes at half-time, including Shane Drahm at stand-off and Scotland cap Tom Smith returning to action after a foot injury. More important, the Saints soon exploited Logan's absence with Cohen running over on the blind side of a close-range scrum.Drahm converted, and as soon as Logan returned the Saints scored again from a scrum, Mark Soden going in from his own pick-up. The replacement stand-off added the points to that try as well, though a third penalty goal by Parks cut the margin down to three points on the hour.Twelve minutes later Drahm's loop sent Reihana in for his second try and Saints" bonus. The stand-off converted from well out on the left, and worse for Glasgow was to follow when Steve Thompson intercepted more than 10 metres inside his own half and ran all the way to score between the posts. It was the second successive Heineken game in which he had scored from such long distance, his late try securing victory against Llanelli at Stradey Park last week. This time it was almost inevitable that Thompson would score to celebrate his 150th game for the Saints.Drahm again converted, and with Northampton leading 33-16, the game had gone from Glasgow. But they did not give up even though they had lost their captain, Petrie, with a rib injury. Running deep into added time, they continued with admirable determination to seek respectability, and they achieved it. Craig went close before Graeme Beveridge pounced for a try from a goal-line ruck, and Parks converted.Northampton Saints - Bruce Reihana; John Rudd, Ben Cohen, Marc Stcherbina, Mark Tucker; Paul Grayson, Johnny Howard; Brett Sturgess, Steve Thompson (captain), Robbie Morris, Grant Seely, Matt Lord, Andrew Blowers, Mark Soden, Darren Fox. Substitutes - Shane Drahm for Grayson (half-time), Tom Smith for Sturgess (half-time), Damien Browne for Lord (half-time), Corne Krige for Soden (60 minutes), Ben Jones for Howard (76), Andy Vilk for Stcherbina (76), Dan Richmond for Rudd (78).Tries, Reihana (2), Soden, Cohen, Thompson; conversions, Drahm (4).Glasgow - Calvin Howarth; Kenny Logan, Andy Craig, Graeme Morrison, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Cammy Mather, Jon Petrie (captain), Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Andrew Henderson for Craig (13-22), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (60), Henderson for Morrison (60), Ben Prescott for Kelly (60), John Beattie for Petrie (65), David Millard for Lamont (72), Paul Dearlove for Beardshaw (74).Tries, Lamont, Beveridge; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goals, Parks (3).Referee - Nigel Whitehouse (Wales).Attendance - 11,976.Northampton Saints 33, Glasgow 23Glasgow pushed Northampton all the way in a highly competitive and fast-flowing contest in ideal conditions at Franklin's Gardens this evening. They even led 13-5 at half-time, but they came away with nothing apart from their opponents" respect and the knowledge in their own minds that they have enough elements in their game to climb to a higher plane.Thus ended Glasgow's first whitewash in seven Heineken Cup campaigns. Ironically, however, their performance tonight was undoubtedly their best in an away match this season. They lacked nothing in their competitiveness, and if that can be continued into the remaining Celtic League programme they will surely finish well up the ladder.Even in defeat, Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's coach, took heart from the performance. "We"re performing better than last season," he remarked.But he was disappointed in Glasgow's scrummage and lineout play. "If our set piece had been more secure that would have made a difference," he commented.Saints" crucial surge was in the quarter of an hour after the interval. They scored two tries in that time, turning an eight-point deficit into a 19-13 lead.However, as a measure of Glasgow's determination, it was well into the final quarter before Saints secured their fourth try and a vital bonus point which will, surely, have taken them through to a quarter-final place. That was Bruce Reihana's second try of the match.Hugh Campbell also expressed regret that Glasgow had not made enough of their chances in the first quarter of the match, even though the first score was a Dan Parks penalty goal after 26 minutes.Glasgow quickly stated their intent with Dan Turner, Gordon Bulloch, and Graeme Morrison opening the way for Calvin Howarth, Jon Petrie, and Bulloch again to threaten the Saints" right corner. Kevin Tkachuk was driven over there, but he was denied a try. Sean Lamont, cutting in from the blind side, opened the way for Andy Craig, Morrison, and Parks to test the opposition.All that was in the first eight minutes, and more was to follow for Glasgow when Petrie broke up the middle after Joe Beardshaw's lineout take. But the threat was stifled when the Glasgow captain passed to his left, where Cammy Mather was quickly swamped. A pass to Andrew Wilson on Petrie's right might well have been the better option.Only then did the Saints find the means to threaten the Glasgow line for the first time. Andrew Blowers made the initial thrust into the visitors" 22. John Rudd and Reihana went close, Graeme Beveridge disrupted a close-range scrummage, and Reihana was tackled into the corner post by the combined efforts of Kenny Logan and Morrison.Another Petrie break fired Wilson up the left touchline, and both Parks and Howarth tried to break the deadlock with drop kicks at goal. It was only then that Parks kicked his first penalty goal.Reihana promptly responded with his first try, but Glasgow regained the lead in 36 minutes with another Parks penalty goal. A Paul Grayson cross kick for Ben Cohen was thwarted by Logan, and the Saints were surging forward again in injury time, with Reihana countering from a Parks clearance, when Lamont intercepted to run fully 70 metres to score. It was no less than Glasgow deserved for their efforts in the first quarter.It was a high point of an individual game that proved that Lamont is sharpening up again in time for Scotland's Six Nations programme. Hugh Campbell was complimentary: "It was the best game he's played for us since the autumn Tests."Parks converted the Lamont try for 13-5, but six long minutes into added time Logan was sin-binned for preventing fair clearance from a close-range ruck. His loss was to be crucial in the opening play of the second half.Northampton made three changes at half-time, including Shane Drahm at stand-off and Scotland cap Tom Smith returning to action after a foot injury. More important, the Saints soon exploited Logan's absence with Cohen running over on the blind side of a close-range scrum.Drahm converted, and as soon as Logan returned the Saints scored again from a scrum, Mark Soden going in from his own pick-up. The replacement stand-off added the points to that try as well, though a third penalty goal by Parks cut the margin down to three points on the hour.Twelve minutes later Drahm's loop sent Reihana in for his second try and Saints" bonus. The stand-off converted from well out on the left, and worse for Glasgow was to follow when Steve Thompson intercepted more than 10 metres inside his own half and ran all the way to score between the posts. It was the second successive Heineken game in which he had scored from such long distance, his late try securing victory against Llanelli at Stradey Park last week. This time it was almost inevitable that Thompson would score to celebrate his 150th game for the Saints.Drahm again converted, and with Northampton leading 33-16, the game had gone from Glasgow. But they did not give up even though they had lost their captain, Petrie, with a rib injury. Running deep into added time, they continued with admirable determination to seek respectability, and they achieved it. Craig went close before Graeme Beveridge pounced for a try from a goal-line ruck, and Parks converted.Northampton Saints - Bruce Reihana; John Rudd, Ben Cohen, Marc Stcherbina, Mark Tucker; Paul Grayson, Johnny Howard; Brett Sturgess, Steve Thompson (captain), Robbie Morris, Grant Seely, Matt Lord, Andrew Blowers, Mark Soden, Darren Fox. Substitutes - Shane Drahm for Grayson (half-time), Tom Smith for Sturgess (half-time), Damien Browne for Lord (half-time), Corne Krige for Soden (60 minutes), Ben Jones for Howard (76), Andy Vilk for Stcherbina (76), Dan Richmond for Rudd (78).Tries, Reihana (2), Soden, Cohen, Thompson; conversions, Drahm (4).Glasgow - Calvin Howarth; Kenny Logan, Andy Craig, Graeme Morrison, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Cammy Mather, Jon Petrie (captain), Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Andrew Henderson for Craig (13-22), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (60), Henderson for Morrison (60), Ben Prescott for Kelly (60), John Beattie for Petrie (65), David Millard for Lamont (72), Paul Dearlove for Beardshaw (74).Tries, Lamont, Beveridge; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goals, Parks (3).Referee - Nigel Whitehouse (Wales).Attendance - 11,976.