Glasgow Step Up Pace Against Titans

Glasgow Warriors 55, Earth Titans 7Glasgow accelerated through this afternoon in scoring seven tries in a generally satisfying victory against Earth Titans aka Rotherham at Hughenden. But it was not just in their pace that they stepped the game up through the gears. Their scoring followed the same more-and-more pattern through the gamea?'s four quarters.Each of the first two 20 minutes produced a penalty goal and a try. In the third quarter they scored two tries, and in the fourth, despite a barrowload of changes, they added three, two of them in the last couple of minutes.Andrew Henderson, full of his usual deceptive force and vigour, had two of the seven tries. Kevin Tkachuk, Rory Lamont, Graeme Beveridge, Andy Craig, and Fergus Thomson had the others, and the goal-kickers were on 100% form with nine goals all in. Dan Parks had four conversions and both penalty goals, and Calvin Howarth, taking over at stand-off for the final quarter, kicked three conversions.a??We tried to forced the game too early,a?? was how Hugh Campbell, Glasgowa?'s head coach, summed up the way the contest went against the English first-division club. a??But we had too much power. Physically, we were much stronger, and we defended better than them. In summary, he commented: a??Ia?"m very pleased with how wea?"re progressing.a??Glasgowa?'s warm-up for the season started with a training match against Ayr last Monday. It continues in a similar practice-style game against Edinburgh on Monday at Glasgowa?'s training base at Whitecraigs, and on Saturday they travel across the border to take on English Premiership opposition on the shape of Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park. Six days later the big-time returns with the start of the Celtic League in Hughenden game against Newport Gwent Dragons.Half a dozen Glasgow newcomers appeared at Hughenden for the first time today. Among them, Craig Hamilton, already capped twice by Scotland out of Newcastle, looked impressive in the line-out and the loose, striking a understanding with Scott Lawson. Mike Roberts and Graydon Staniforth turned in speedy performances a?_ as well as looking far too much alike with shaven heads and number 11 on their backs. In the weeks to come they will be more distinctive!A downside to Glasgowa?'s victory was that they lost Steve Swindall on the way. The former Scotland under-21 flanker, newly on a full-time contract, fractured the fourth finger of his right hand, an injury that will keep him out of the Celtic League for several weeks.His absence will be a loss. The blind-side flanker was notably competitive at the restart kicks, an aspect that the coach gratefully noted, and he was looking particularly sharp both at close quarters and wide out, not least when he pounced on Errie Classens to force a five-metre scrummage 14 minutes into the game. From that platform Tkachuk scored the opening try, and Parks added the conversion to his earlier penalty goal.However, before the end of that first quarter another Scottish flanker was on the scoresheet. This time, however, it was for Titans a?" Neil Cochrane, last seasona?'s Scotland under-21 captain, finished off from David Strettlea?'s break, and Mike Whitehead converted.In the second quarter Parks kicked another penalty goal and make the break for Lamonta?'s try. In the third 20, after Paul Dearlove had replaced the injured Swindall, Beveridge sniped through for a try from a close-range ruck, and the Parks-Lamont combine created Hendersona?'s score.By then Glasgow led 43-7, and, opening the fourth phase, Henderson went in for his second score after Eddie McLaughlin and Thomson had helped to open the door. A breenge by Gavin Hayter led to Craiga?'s try, and immediately from the restart Lee Harrison galloped away from inside his own half for Thomson to finish off from fully 30 metres out.Glasgow a?" Colin Shaw; Rory Lamont, Andy Craig, Andrew Henderson, Mike Roberts; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Tim Barker, Craig Hamilton, Steve Swindall, Jon Petrie (captain), Andrew Wilson. Replacements (all used) a?" Graydon Staniforth, Eddie McLaughlin, Scott Barrow, Calvin Howarth, A J McFarlane, Stuart Corsar, Fergus Thomson, Dan Turner, Gregor Haytor, Paul Dearlove, John Barclay.Earth Titans a?" Anthony Carter; David Strettle, Lee Blackett (captain), Tom Allen, Errie Classens; Mike Whitehead, Joe Bedford; Attie Pienaar, Neil Hannah, Jarleth Carey, Rob Walton, Nathan Pike, Hendre Fourie, Scott Donald, Neil Cochrane. Replacements a?" Morne Jonker, Lodewyk Strauss, N D Monye, Jon Golding, Adam Hopcroft, Lewi McGowan, Ben Wade.Referee a?" Graham Hannah (Kirkcaldy).Glasgow Warriors 55, Earth Titans 7Glasgow accelerated through this afternoon in scoring seven tries in a generally satisfying victory against Earth Titans aka Rotherham at Hughenden. But it was not just in their pace that they stepped the game up through the gears. Their scoring followed the same more-and-more pattern through the gamea?'s four quarters.Each of the first two 20 minutes produced a penalty goal and a try. In the third quarter they scored two tries, and in the fourth, despite a barrowload of changes, they added three, two of them in the last couple of minutes.Andrew Henderson, full of his usual deceptive force and vigour, had two of the seven tries. Kevin Tkachuk, Rory Lamont, Graeme Beveridge, Andy Craig, and Fergus Thomson had the others, and the goal-kickers were on 100% form with nine goals all in. Dan Parks had four conversions and both penalty goals, and Calvin Howarth, taking over at stand-off for the final quarter, kicked three conversions.a??We tried to forced the game too early,a?? was how Hugh Campbell, Glasgowa?'s head coach, summed up the way the contest went against the English first-division club. a??But we had too much power. Physically, we were much stronger, and we defended better than them. In summary, he commented: a??Ia?"m very pleased with how wea?"re progressing.a??Glasgowa?'s warm-up for the season started with a training match against Ayr last Monday. It continues in a similar practice-style game against Edinburgh on Monday at Glasgowa?'s training base at Whitecraigs, and on Saturday they travel across the border to take on English Premiership opposition on the shape of Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park. Six days later the big-time returns with the start of the Celtic League in Hughenden game against Newport Gwent Dragons.Half a dozen Glasgow newcomers appeared at Hughenden for the first time today. Among them, Craig Hamilton, already capped twice by Scotland out of Newcastle, looked impressive in the line-out and the loose, striking a understanding with Scott Lawson. Mike Roberts and Graydon Staniforth turned in speedy performances a?_ as well as looking far too much alike with shaven heads and number 11 on their backs. In the weeks to come they will be more distinctive!A downside to Glasgowa?'s victory was that they lost Steve Swindall on the way. The former Scotland under-21 flanker, newly on a full-time contract, fractured the fourth finger of his right hand, an injury that will keep him out of the Celtic League for several weeks.His absence will be a loss. The blind-side flanker was notably competitive at the restart kicks, an aspect that the coach gratefully noted, and he was looking particularly sharp both at close quarters and wide out, not least when he pounced on Errie Classens to force a five-metre scrummage 14 minutes into the game. From that platform Tkachuk scored the opening try, and Parks added the conversion to his earlier penalty goal.However, before the end of that first quarter another Scottish flanker was on the scoresheet. This time, however, it was for Titans a?" Neil Cochrane, last seasona?'s Scotland under-21 captain, finished off from David Strettlea?'s break, and Mike Whitehead converted.In the second quarter Parks kicked another penalty goal and make the break for Lamonta?'s try. In the third 20, after Paul Dearlove had replaced the injured Swindall, Beveridge sniped through for a try from a close-range ruck, and the Parks-Lamont combine created Hendersona?'s score.By then Glasgow led 43-7, and, opening the fourth phase, Henderson went in for his second score after Eddie McLaughlin and Thomson had helped to open the door. A breenge by Gavin Hayter led to Craiga?'s try, and immediately from the restart Lee Harrison galloped away from inside his own half for Thomson to finish off from fully 30 metres out.Glasgow a?" Colin Shaw; Rory Lamont, Andy Craig, Andrew Henderson, Mike Roberts; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Tim Barker, Craig Hamilton, Steve Swindall, Jon Petrie (captain), Andrew Wilson. Replacements (all used) a?" Graydon Staniforth, Eddie McLaughlin, Scott Barrow, Calvin Howarth, A J McFarlane, Stuart Corsar, Fergus Thomson, Dan Turner, Gregor Haytor, Paul Dearlove, John Barclay.Earth Titans a?" Anthony Carter; David Strettle, Lee Blackett (captain), Tom Allen, Errie Classens; Mike Whitehead, Joe Bedford; Attie Pienaar, Neil Hannah, Jarleth Carey, Rob Walton, Nathan Pike, Hendre Fourie, Scott Donald, Neil Cochrane. Replacements a?" Morne Jonker, Lodewyk Strauss, N D Monye, Jon Golding, Adam Hopcroft, Lewi McGowan, Ben Wade.Referee a?" Graham Hannah (Kirkcaldy).