Wind Of Change In Glasgow'S Fortunes

Glasgow Warriors 30, Connacht 15November chill blaws loud wia?" angry sugh. Far from wild, only a light, cool breeze blew over Hughenden this evening, but it was a wind change in Glasgowa?'s fortunes. After a barren October the Warriorsa?" fortunes changed with a Celtic League victory against Connacht.Even without a handful of international players, Glasgow took the game at the team from Irelanda?'s far west. Rarely were Connacht in the home 22, and if Glasgow had any disappointment in victory it was that the margin was not greater. But it was, after all, only their second win in nine games this season, and for that the team and their support were grateful.Colin Gregor, effectively Glasgowa?'s third-choice stand-off, turned out to be the official man of the match with 20 points from a try, three conversions, and a like number of penalty goals. His goal-kicking was 100%.Others, though, contributed much, not least Scott Barrow with his ability to ride the tackle and, consequently, draw the supporting forwards in to driving mauls. Also, he made the break from which Gregor ran in the third try.Graydon Staniforth struck hefty ground-gaining punts to turn the occasional Connacht threats. One of his longest was almost immediately followed a more delicate placement up the right touchline, and Dan Turnera?'s try, Glasgowa?'s second, soon followed. It was a crucial score after Glasgow had been unable in the third quarter to add to their 16-3 half-time lead.Kevin Tkachuk, Lee Harrison, and John Beattie revelled in taking the ball at the opposition. As for defence, nothing was more enjoyable in Glasgow eyes than John Barclaya?'s scything tackle to stifle a rare Connacht threat in the first half.Two Gregor penalty goals in the first 12 minutes settled Glasgow. The first came from an exemplary phase of continuity, and it was followed by a Gregor threat with a chip ahead after Barclaya?'s surge into the visitorsa?" 22.Paul Warwick responded with a goal from a scrummage penalty in 18 minutes, the first time Connacht were in the home 22. Staniforth tried to reply with a drop kick from halfway. It was short and wide, but it set up the position for Glasgowa?'s first try. Warwicka?'s 22-metre drop-out fly straight into touch, and from the resulting scrum Graeme Beveridge sprinted away on an arcing run to the right. Staniforth, slanting in for the scrum halfa?'s pass, ran through to the right of the posts, and Gregor, the Scotland sevens specialist, added the goal points.That was 13-3 to Glasgow after 22 minutes, and Gregor kicked another penalty goal in 40 minutes. But time was still left before the interval for Warwick to miss a penalty.Glasgowa?'s pressure slackened after half-time, but they stepped up the pace again almost as soon as the hour had passed. Sam Pinder pounced on Conor Oa?"Loughlin at a scrum close to the visitorsa?" goal-line, and from the ruck there Barrow made the initial dent in the opposition. Turner ploughed over from another ruck, and the stand-off conversion took Glasgow to the comfort of a 23-3 lead.Connacht countered with an Andrew Farley try off a lineout drive, Warwick converting, and the visitors almost cut the margin again when Ted Robinson sliced in off the right wing. Oa?"Loughlina?'s knock-on at a goal-line ruck allowed Glasgow a respite.By then, Connacht seemed to have the scent of a comeback, but that was blown away when Barrow snaffled loose ball in the Glasgow 22. The centre, typically, broke a couple of tackles and ran almost to halfway before releasing Colin Shaw to sprint into the visitorsa?" 22. Though the wing was denied, Gregor was up to finish off between the posts.Gregor also converted, and Glasgow had sight of a fourth try and a bonus point when Pinder thrust down the left in Connachta?'s half. That threat was not only thwarted a?" possession was turned over, and Conor McPhillips raced 70 metres down the touchline for a late try. Warwicka?'s failed conversion was the last kick of the match.Glasgow Warriors a?" Graydon Staniforth; Hefin O'Hare, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Colin Shaw; Colin Gregor, Graeme Beveridge (captain); Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Tim Barker, Dan Turner, Paul Dearlove, John Beattie, John Barclay. Substitutes a?" Fergus Thomson for Lawson (51 minutes), Gregor Hayter for Dearlove (51), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (57), Steve Swindall for Beattie (73), Eddie McLaughlin for Shaw (78). Not used a?" Stuart Corsar, Andrew Henderson.Tries, Staniforth, Turner, Gregor; conversions, Gregor 3; penalty goals, Gregor 3.Connacht a?" Matt Mostyn; Ted Robinson, Darren Yapp Keith Matthews, Conor McPhillips; Paul Warwick, Chris Keane; Dan McFarland, John Fogarty, Stephen Knoop, Christian Short, Andrew Farley (captain), John Muldoon, Colm Rigney, Brendan O'Connor. Substitutes a?" Joe Merrigan for Fogarty (half-time), Michael Swift for Oa?"Connor (half-time), Connor Oa?"Loughlin for Keane (60), Ronan Loughney for McFarland (60), Daniel Riordan for Matthews (61), David Gannon for Rigney (72). Noted used a?" David Slemen.Tries, Farley, McPhillips; conversion, Warwick; penalty goal, Warwick.Referee a?" Tim Hayes (Wales).Attendance a?" 1518.Glasgow Warriors 30, Connacht 15November chill blaws loud wia?" angry sugh. Far from wild, only a light, cool breeze blew over Hughenden this evening, but it was a wind change in Glasgowa?'s fortunes. After a barren October the Warriorsa?" fortunes changed with a Celtic League victory against Connacht.Even without a handful of international players, Glasgow took the game at the team from Irelanda?'s far west. Rarely were Connacht in the home 22, and if Glasgow had any disappointment in victory it was that the margin was not greater. But it was, after all, only their second win in nine games this season, and for that the team and their support were grateful.Colin Gregor, effectively Glasgowa?'s third-choice stand-off, turned out to be the official man of the match with 20 points from a try, three conversions, and a like number of penalty goals. His goal-kicking was 100%.Others, though, contributed much, not least Scott Barrow with his ability to ride the tackle and, consequently, draw the supporting forwards in to driving mauls. Also, he made the break from which Gregor ran in the third try.Graydon Staniforth struck hefty ground-gaining punts to turn the occasional Connacht threats. One of his longest was almost immediately followed a more delicate placement up the right touchline, and Dan Turnera?'s try, Glasgowa?'s second, soon followed. It was a crucial score after Glasgow had been unable in the third quarter to add to their 16-3 half-time lead.Kevin Tkachuk, Lee Harrison, and John Beattie revelled in taking the ball at the opposition. As for defence, nothing was more enjoyable in Glasgow eyes than John Barclaya?'s scything tackle to stifle a rare Connacht threat in the first half.Two Gregor penalty goals in the first 12 minutes settled Glasgow. The first came from an exemplary phase of continuity, and it was followed by a Gregor threat with a chip ahead after Barclaya?'s surge into the visitorsa?" 22.Paul Warwick responded with a goal from a scrummage penalty in 18 minutes, the first time Connacht were in the home 22. Staniforth tried to reply with a drop kick from halfway. It was short and wide, but it set up the position for Glasgowa?'s first try. Warwicka?'s 22-metre drop-out fly straight into touch, and from the resulting scrum Graeme Beveridge sprinted away on an arcing run to the right. Staniforth, slanting in for the scrum halfa?'s pass, ran through to the right of the posts, and Gregor, the Scotland sevens specialist, added the goal points.That was 13-3 to Glasgow after 22 minutes, and Gregor kicked another penalty goal in 40 minutes. But time was still left before the interval for Warwick to miss a penalty.Glasgowa?'s pressure slackened after half-time, but they stepped up the pace again almost as soon as the hour had passed. Sam Pinder pounced on Conor Oa?"Loughlin at a scrum close to the visitorsa?" goal-line, and from the ruck there Barrow made the initial dent in the opposition. Turner ploughed over from another ruck, and the stand-off conversion took Glasgow to the comfort of a 23-3 lead.Connacht countered with an Andrew Farley try off a lineout drive, Warwick converting, and the visitors almost cut the margin again when Ted Robinson sliced in off the right wing. Oa?"Loughlina?'s knock-on at a goal-line ruck allowed Glasgow a respite.By then, Connacht seemed to have the scent of a comeback, but that was blown away when Barrow snaffled loose ball in the Glasgow 22. The centre, typically, broke a couple of tackles and ran almost to halfway before releasing Colin Shaw to sprint into the visitorsa?" 22. Though the wing was denied, Gregor was up to finish off between the posts.Gregor also converted, and Glasgow had sight of a fourth try and a bonus point when Pinder thrust down the left in Connachta?'s half. That threat was not only thwarted a?" possession was turned over, and Conor McPhillips raced 70 metres down the touchline for a late try. Warwicka?'s failed conversion was the last kick of the match.Glasgow Warriors a?" Graydon Staniforth; Hefin O'Hare, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Colin Shaw; Colin Gregor, Graeme Beveridge (captain); Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Tim Barker, Dan Turner, Paul Dearlove, John Beattie, John Barclay. Substitutes a?" Fergus Thomson for Lawson (51 minutes), Gregor Hayter for Dearlove (51), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (57), Steve Swindall for Beattie (73), Eddie McLaughlin for Shaw (78). Not used a?" Stuart Corsar, Andrew Henderson.Tries, Staniforth, Turner, Gregor; conversions, Gregor 3; penalty goals, Gregor 3.Connacht a?" Matt Mostyn; Ted Robinson, Darren Yapp Keith Matthews, Conor McPhillips; Paul Warwick, Chris Keane; Dan McFarland, John Fogarty, Stephen Knoop, Christian Short, Andrew Farley (captain), John Muldoon, Colm Rigney, Brendan O'Connor. Substitutes a?" Joe Merrigan for Fogarty (half-time), Michael Swift for Oa?"Connor (half-time), Connor Oa?"Loughlin for Keane (60), Ronan Loughney for McFarland (60), Daniel Riordan for Matthews (61), David Gannon for Rigney (72). Noted used a?" David Slemen.Tries, Farley, McPhillips; conversion, Warwick; penalty goal, Warwick.Referee a?" Tim Hayes (Wales).Attendance a?" 1518.