Glasgow Denied Victory

Glasgow had a Celtic League victory against Ospreys in their grasp at Hughenden tonight. A Rory Lamont try took them to 27-20 with little more than quarter of an hour left to play, but the league leaders snatched a draw almost at the last gasp.It was a scoreline with equality in every respect - three tries each, three conversions, and two penalty goals. Calvin Howarth and Shaun Connor even had a penalty miss apiece.So it is that Glasgow can claim to have taken at least a point from every league game they have played since early October. This evening, though, a win would have been far more satisfying, especially as it would have probably preserved Glasgow's fifth position. Instead, Llanelli have moved into that slot with their 32-17 win against Munster at Stradey Park, and Glasgow have slipped to sixth, the median point in the table.In the early minutes of the Hughenden match, however, it seemed that Glasgow might not gain even a draw. They were caught cold not only by the chill in the air as another bright winter day drew to a close.Glasgow looked like the team suffering from travel as Richard Rees escaped up the blind side of a ruck for a try on the left after only three minutes. Connor added the conversion and then kicked a penalty goal seven minutes later.That stirred Glasgow. Howarth responded with a penalty goal in 17 minutes. For the remainder of the game the pace was fast, and Glasgow were very much in the contest.Cammy Mather gave an exemplary lead, committed in every way as he had been a week ago at Newport. Beside the captain, Steve Swindall again look the part though draw from Premier One ranks, Scott Lawson was ever busy in the loose, and Graeme Beveridge latterly was as sharp as he has probably been all season.Scott Barrow obviously relished the contest on his return after nearly four months" injury absence, and Swindall's colleague from Glasgow Hawks, Colin Shaw, also proved himself worth of being in such company. The full back twice had the urgency in chasing his own kicks ahead to upset the visitors" composure, the first of those ventures creating the position for Howarth's second penalty goal, after 25 minutes.That cut Ospreys" lead down to 10-6, and almost immediately Glasgow went ahead for the first time, when Beveridge exploited loose ball at halfway to scamper away up the right touchline and send Joe Beardshaw in for a try from fully 25 metres. It was admirable support work by the lock forward, and Howarth converted from tight on the touchline.Connor's second penalty goal drew the scores level at the interval, but only three minutes into the second half Glasgow were ahead again after the referee's mysterious decision to award a scrum to the home side just inside Ospreys" half. The only possible explanation was that the official thought that an Osprey pass was a squint quick throw-in. Yet the touch judge signalled nothing.Whatever the reason the scrum was the platform off which Barrow, scooping up a loose pass, thrust forcefully into the opposition. He induced a driving maul, and, suddenly, Kenny Logan, seeking work infield from his wing, exploded clear to run in between the posts from more than 30 metres. Howarth converted for 20-13, but soon afterwards he missed a penalty from 35 metres.Ospreys, relieved by not falling 10 points behind, responded with Dave Tiueti sending Andrew Millward in for a try that Matthew Jones converted. The try celebrated Millward's record in becoming the first player to make 50 appearances in Celtic League matches, and 10 minutes later he was joined as a semi-centurion when Andy Hall replaced Beardshaw in the Glasgow pack.Another Andrew from the Glasgow bench, Henderson of that ilk, made a telling half-break to open the way for what should have been the winning try. Beveridge and Howarth linked to send Rory Lamont away up the left touchline to run round to ease Howarth's conversion.But Ospreys flew back at Glasgow, drawing one fearsome tackle by Swindall on Barry Williams. It was the hit of the night, but it could not douse Ospreys" perseverance that eventually produced a Stefan Terblanche try. Jones converted from the right touchline, drawing the scores level, and a final Glasgow surge produced only a failed drop kick by Howarth.Glasgow - Colin Shaw; Rory Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Kenny Logan; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, Cammy Mather (captain). Substitutes - John Beattie for Dearlove (53 minutes), Andrew Henderson for Barrow (59), Ben Prescott for Kelly (62), Andy Hall for Beardshaw (62). Not used - Fergus Thomson, A J McFarlane, David Millard.Tries, Beardshaw, Logan, Lamont; conversions, Howarth (3); penalty goals, Howarth (2).Ospreys - Adrian Durston; Stefan Terblanche, David Bishop, Elvis Seveali'I, Paul Mackey; Shaun Connor, Richard Rees; Paul James, Barry Williams (captain), Andrew Millward, Andrew Newman, Lyndon Bateman, James Bater, Andrew Lloyd, Steve Tandy. Substitutes - Matthew Jones for Connor (44), Dave Tiueti for Mackey (47), Jonathan Thomas for Bateman (60), Nathan Bonner-Evans for Lloyd (61), Jason Spice for Rees (65). Not used - Richard Hibbard, Cai Griffiths.Tries, Rees, Millward, Terblanche; conversions, Jones (2), Connor; penalty goals, Connor (2).Referee - George Clancy (Ireland).Attendance - 1715.Glasgow had a Celtic League victory against Ospreys in their grasp at Hughenden tonight. A Rory Lamont try took them to 27-20 with little more than quarter of an hour left to play, but the league leaders snatched a draw almost at the last gasp.It was a scoreline with equality in every respect - three tries each, three conversions, and two penalty goals. Calvin Howarth and Shaun Connor even had a penalty miss apiece.So it is that Glasgow can claim to have taken at least a point from every league game they have played since early October. This evening, though, a win would have been far more satisfying, especially as it would have probably preserved Glasgow's fifth position. Instead, Llanelli have moved into that slot with their 32-17 win against Munster at Stradey Park, and Glasgow have slipped to sixth, the median point in the table.In the early minutes of the Hughenden match, however, it seemed that Glasgow might not gain even a draw. They were caught cold not only by the chill in the air as another bright winter day drew to a close.Glasgow looked like the team suffering from travel as Richard Rees escaped up the blind side of a ruck for a try on the left after only three minutes. Connor added the conversion and then kicked a penalty goal seven minutes later.That stirred Glasgow. Howarth responded with a penalty goal in 17 minutes. For the remainder of the game the pace was fast, and Glasgow were very much in the contest.Cammy Mather gave an exemplary lead, committed in every way as he had been a week ago at Newport. Beside the captain, Steve Swindall again look the part though draw from Premier One ranks, Scott Lawson was ever busy in the loose, and Graeme Beveridge latterly was as sharp as he has probably been all season.Scott Barrow obviously relished the contest on his return after nearly four months" injury absence, and Swindall's colleague from Glasgow Hawks, Colin Shaw, also proved himself worth of being in such company. The full back twice had the urgency in chasing his own kicks ahead to upset the visitors" composure, the first of those ventures creating the position for Howarth's second penalty goal, after 25 minutes.That cut Ospreys" lead down to 10-6, and almost immediately Glasgow went ahead for the first time, when Beveridge exploited loose ball at halfway to scamper away up the right touchline and send Joe Beardshaw in for a try from fully 25 metres. It was admirable support work by the lock forward, and Howarth converted from tight on the touchline.Connor's second penalty goal drew the scores level at the interval, but only three minutes into the second half Glasgow were ahead again after the referee's mysterious decision to award a scrum to the home side just inside Ospreys" half. The only possible explanation was that the official thought that an Osprey pass was a squint quick throw-in. Yet the touch judge signalled nothing.Whatever the reason the scrum was the platform off which Barrow, scooping up a loose pass, thrust forcefully into the opposition. He induced a driving maul, and, suddenly, Kenny Logan, seeking work infield from his wing, exploded clear to run in between the posts from more than 30 metres. Howarth converted for 20-13, but soon afterwards he missed a penalty from 35 metres.Ospreys, relieved by not falling 10 points behind, responded with Dave Tiueti sending Andrew Millward in for a try that Matthew Jones converted. The try celebrated Millward's record in becoming the first player to make 50 appearances in Celtic League matches, and 10 minutes later he was joined as a semi-centurion when Andy Hall replaced Beardshaw in the Glasgow pack.Another Andrew from the Glasgow bench, Henderson of that ilk, made a telling half-break to open the way for what should have been the winning try. Beveridge and Howarth linked to send Rory Lamont away up the left touchline to run round to ease Howarth's conversion.But Ospreys flew back at Glasgow, drawing one fearsome tackle by Swindall on Barry Williams. It was the hit of the night, but it could not douse Ospreys" perseverance that eventually produced a Stefan Terblanche try. Jones converted from the right touchline, drawing the scores level, and a final Glasgow surge produced only a failed drop kick by Howarth.Glasgow - Colin Shaw; Rory Lamont, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Kenny Logan; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, Cammy Mather (captain). Substitutes - John Beattie for Dearlove (53 minutes), Andrew Henderson for Barrow (59), Ben Prescott for Kelly (62), Andy Hall for Beardshaw (62). Not used - Fergus Thomson, A J McFarlane, David Millard.Tries, Beardshaw, Logan, Lamont; conversions, Howarth (3); penalty goals, Howarth (2).Ospreys - Adrian Durston; Stefan Terblanche, David Bishop, Elvis Seveali'I, Paul Mackey; Shaun Connor, Richard Rees; Paul James, Barry Williams (captain), Andrew Millward, Andrew Newman, Lyndon Bateman, James Bater, Andrew Lloyd, Steve Tandy. Substitutes - Matthew Jones for Connor (44), Dave Tiueti for Mackey (47), Jonathan Thomas for Bateman (60), Nathan Bonner-Evans for Lloyd (61), Jason Spice for Rees (65). Not used - Richard Hibbard, Cai Griffiths.Tries, Rees, Millward, Terblanche; conversions, Jones (2), Connor; penalty goals, Connor (2).Referee - George Clancy (Ireland).Attendance - 1715.