Another Bonus Point For Glasgow

Newport Gwent Dragons 21, Glasgow 16Glasgow now have more losing bonus points than any other club in the Celtic League. Five times they have been less than eight points away from victory. That is a measure of a frustrating season.So it was again this afternoon in Rodney Parade's splatter and glabber, dreich conditions a stark contrast to the promising bright and fresh morning. Glasgow fought their way back through the rain to wring a bonus out of defeat in the Dragons" den. That point preserved Glasgow's fifth place in the league ladder.Less than 10 minutes from the end the visitors were down by 6-21. But they still played with resolution and spirit, as when the forwards drove a lineout for fully 10 metres for Kevin Tkachuk to score a try under the pile. Dan Parks kicked the conversion from tight on the left touchline, and he the added a penalty goal from in front of the posts after key contributions from Kenny Logan, Scott Lawson, Tkachuk, and Graeme Morrison in the lead-up.The bonus was secured, which was no less than Glasgow deserved. At times they played as if they were the team leading the game - hitting up close to each successive platform, occasionally swinging wide.Cammy Mather was much to the fore, playing like an open-side flanker vying for a Scotland recall instead of one who only two days earlier had announced his retirement from international rugby. Paul Dearlove was a prominent lieutenant, even after he had been off for attention to a cut right eyebrow, and Steve Swindall, enlisted from Glasgow Hawks, again did not look out of place in that company.Tkachuk, too, was often in action in the loose, and Rory Lamont enjoyed the occasions when the ball was spun. His best work, though, was twice to re-create Houdini in escaping tackles when under pressure in his own 22.Glasgow's lineout foundation was uneasy early in the game. But it latterly came good to such an extent that Joe Beardshaw was stealing Dragons" throws almost at will.To look only at those good points would create puzzlement at why Glasgow lost. The simple answer was that Dragons exploited two mistakes in the first half for a 14-lead after 25 minutes whereas Glasgow could make nothing from even their early pressure, notably when Dearlove's lineout take and Tkachuk's peel opened the way for the two Andrews, Henderson and Craig, to threaten in the home 22.Kevin Morgan's kick and chase up the left after 10 minutes rang alarm bells in the Glasgow ranks. Graeme Beveridge save there, and it was then at Dearlove's eyebrow was split.Five minutes later, however, Dragons turned over a lineout in Glasgow's 22. A penalty lineout followed, and from it the forwards drove to the goal-line for Michael Owen to put Ceri Sweeney in. The stand-off also kicked the conversion, as he was to do after the two later tries.Another phase of Glasgow continuity procured nothing, and again Dragons struck back. Sweeney knocked on going over for what would have been his second try. But when Parks missed touch from a penalty there the home forwards rumbled back for Chris Anthony to score in the same way that Tkachuk was to do later for Glasgow.Glasgow responded from the restart, with Lamont's break creating the position for Parks to kick a penalty goal. Soon afterwards Parks should have had the opportunity to kick another, though from longer range. But the referee missed a blatant offside, just one example of the quirkiness of this latest product of the Irish production line. New referees are appearing almost monthly from across the water!Dragons led 14-3 at the interval, but the margin as cut only a minute into the second half. Parks dropped a goal after Logan's slicing infield run, Dan Turner's support, Beardshaw's lineout gain, and Gordon Bulloch's drive up the blind side. Ten minutes later, however, Dragons seemed to sewn the game up when Jason Forster sprinted through a gap to send Percy Montgomery over.That was 21-6, and Dragons should have been pressing for a bonus point. Instead, it was Glasgow who were making the running for much of the last half-hour. But they left it late.Even then, their bonus point was threatened four minutes into added. But instead of going for a penalty goal from 45 metres, within Percy Montgomery's siege-gun range, they opted to kick for the touchline to seek their own bonus point. Glasgow held them off.Dragons - Percy Montgomery; Gareth Wyatt, Hal Luscombe, Sione Tuipulotu, Kevin Morgan; Ceri Sweeney, Gareth Cooper; Adam Black, Steve Jones, Chris Anthony, Ian Gough, Peter Sidoli, Jamie Ringer, Michael Owen, Jason Forster (captain). Substitutes - Rod Snow for Black (60 minutes), James Richards for Jones (60), Luke Charteris for Sidoli (63), Craig Carlow for Sweeney (66), Rhys Thomas for Anthony (66), Rhys Oakley for Tuipulotu (66).Tries, Sweeney, Anthony, Montgomery; conversions, Sweeney (3)Glasgow - Kenny Logan; David Millard, Andy Craig, Andrew Henderson, Rory Lamont; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, Cammy Mather. Substitutes - Jonathan van der Schyff for Dearlove (10-21), Andy Hall for Turner (52), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (53), Colin Shaw for Millard (60), Graeme Morrison for Henderson (60), Ben Prescott for Kelly (63).Try, Tkachuk; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (2); drop goal, Parks.Referee - Colin Stanley (Ireland).Attendance - 4072.Newport Gwent Dragons 21, Glasgow 16Glasgow now have more losing bonus points than any other club in the Celtic League. Five times they have been less than eight points away from victory. That is a measure of a frustrating season.So it was again this afternoon in Rodney Parade's splatter and glabber, dreich conditions a stark contrast to the promising bright and fresh morning. Glasgow fought their way back through the rain to wring a bonus out of defeat in the Dragons" den. That point preserved Glasgow's fifth place in the league ladder.Less than 10 minutes from the end the visitors were down by 6-21. But they still played with resolution and spirit, as when the forwards drove a lineout for fully 10 metres for Kevin Tkachuk to score a try under the pile. Dan Parks kicked the conversion from tight on the left touchline, and he the added a penalty goal from in front of the posts after key contributions from Kenny Logan, Scott Lawson, Tkachuk, and Graeme Morrison in the lead-up.The bonus was secured, which was no less than Glasgow deserved. At times they played as if they were the team leading the game - hitting up close to each successive platform, occasionally swinging wide.Cammy Mather was much to the fore, playing like an open-side flanker vying for a Scotland recall instead of one who only two days earlier had announced his retirement from international rugby. Paul Dearlove was a prominent lieutenant, even after he had been off for attention to a cut right eyebrow, and Steve Swindall, enlisted from Glasgow Hawks, again did not look out of place in that company.Tkachuk, too, was often in action in the loose, and Rory Lamont enjoyed the occasions when the ball was spun. His best work, though, was twice to re-create Houdini in escaping tackles when under pressure in his own 22.Glasgow's lineout foundation was uneasy early in the game. But it latterly came good to such an extent that Joe Beardshaw was stealing Dragons" throws almost at will.To look only at those good points would create puzzlement at why Glasgow lost. The simple answer was that Dragons exploited two mistakes in the first half for a 14-lead after 25 minutes whereas Glasgow could make nothing from even their early pressure, notably when Dearlove's lineout take and Tkachuk's peel opened the way for the two Andrews, Henderson and Craig, to threaten in the home 22.Kevin Morgan's kick and chase up the left after 10 minutes rang alarm bells in the Glasgow ranks. Graeme Beveridge save there, and it was then at Dearlove's eyebrow was split.Five minutes later, however, Dragons turned over a lineout in Glasgow's 22. A penalty lineout followed, and from it the forwards drove to the goal-line for Michael Owen to put Ceri Sweeney in. The stand-off also kicked the conversion, as he was to do after the two later tries.Another phase of Glasgow continuity procured nothing, and again Dragons struck back. Sweeney knocked on going over for what would have been his second try. But when Parks missed touch from a penalty there the home forwards rumbled back for Chris Anthony to score in the same way that Tkachuk was to do later for Glasgow.Glasgow responded from the restart, with Lamont's break creating the position for Parks to kick a penalty goal. Soon afterwards Parks should have had the opportunity to kick another, though from longer range. But the referee missed a blatant offside, just one example of the quirkiness of this latest product of the Irish production line. New referees are appearing almost monthly from across the water!Dragons led 14-3 at the interval, but the margin as cut only a minute into the second half. Parks dropped a goal after Logan's slicing infield run, Dan Turner's support, Beardshaw's lineout gain, and Gordon Bulloch's drive up the blind side. Ten minutes later, however, Dragons seemed to sewn the game up when Jason Forster sprinted through a gap to send Percy Montgomery over.That was 21-6, and Dragons should have been pressing for a bonus point. Instead, it was Glasgow who were making the running for much of the last half-hour. But they left it late.Even then, their bonus point was threatened four minutes into added. But instead of going for a penalty goal from 45 metres, within Percy Montgomery's siege-gun range, they opted to kick for the touchline to seek their own bonus point. Glasgow held them off.Dragons - Percy Montgomery; Gareth Wyatt, Hal Luscombe, Sione Tuipulotu, Kevin Morgan; Ceri Sweeney, Gareth Cooper; Adam Black, Steve Jones, Chris Anthony, Ian Gough, Peter Sidoli, Jamie Ringer, Michael Owen, Jason Forster (captain). Substitutes - Rod Snow for Black (60 minutes), James Richards for Jones (60), Luke Charteris for Sidoli (63), Craig Carlow for Sweeney (66), Rhys Thomas for Anthony (66), Rhys Oakley for Tuipulotu (66).Tries, Sweeney, Anthony, Montgomery; conversions, Sweeney (3)Glasgow - Kenny Logan; David Millard, Andy Craig, Andrew Henderson, Rory Lamont; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, Cammy Mather. Substitutes - Jonathan van der Schyff for Dearlove (10-21), Andy Hall for Turner (52), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (53), Colin Shaw for Millard (60), Graeme Morrison for Henderson (60), Ben Prescott for Kelly (63).Try, Tkachuk; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (2); drop goal, Parks.Referee - Colin Stanley (Ireland).Attendance - 4072.