Glasgow Celebrate With Six-Try Victory

Glasgow Warriors 46, Edinburgh Gunners 6Glasgow Warriors delayed their Sunday lunch until mid-afternoon and then set about gorging themselves on six tries against Edinburgh Gunners to celebrate their return to Firhill. The bonus point was secured in first-half added time, and by then Glasgow were all but out of sight at 29-6.For Glasgow it was a memorable win to add to the 133-year history of the Inter-City series. The margin was their best in the professional era, though it was not the first time they had scored half a dozen tries against their ancient rivals in the current guise. Just two years ago Glasgow had six in winning the Hughenden joust by 45-33.This latest savoury, though, had a special ingredient in that Glasgow did not concede a try. Even late on, when Edinburgh were battling for a consolation, the home defence held out a?_ or rather held up. Simon Webster was over the Glasgow line, but Rory Lamont turned his fellow cap on his back to prevent him from scoring.Hugh Campbell, Glasgowa?'s heads coach, was naturally delighted with the result, though not just with the six tries and the final margin. He was even more enthusiastic with the defensive qualities. a??Edinburgh had nowhere to go,a?? he commented. a??Our confidence developed from there.a??Edinburgh would have gone to the top of the Celtic League table if they had beaten Glasgow with a bonus point. Yet over the game Glasgow were by far the hungrier. The home team were more aggressive in the tackle, sharper on to man and ball, and quite simply looked a team who had belief in their ability to win and climb to fifth place in the league.Campbell paid a special compliment to John Beattie, who scored one of the six tries. The No.8 in Glasgowa?'s young back row had a??an exceptional gamea??, the coach commented.That view was complemented by the award of man of the match to the 20-year-old Beattie, and the coach also paid tribute to the No.8a?'s breakaway colleagues, Steve Swindall and the 19-year-old John Barclay. Glasgow are blessed in having such talent available to cover the ongoing absence of the international trio of John Petrie, Donnie Macfadyen, and Andrew Wilson.Graydon Staniforth scored two of the other tries, and Colin Gregor had one as well as kicking 14 points with four conversions and two penalty goals. Those two contributed also by appreciating the need to play the game in the opposition half and reacting by kicking deep and wide, either to relieve pressure or to turn the screws in the Edinburgh 22. The width of Gregora?'s passing was also a key element a?_ and that was all the more admirable when it came from Glasgowa?'s third-choice stand-off.In the first quarter, however, little was seen on the menu of the meal that was to follow. The hors-da?"oeuvres had only a few tasty bites, such as the early thrust by Swindall and Kevin Tkachuk to excite the Glasgow support.Mike Blair had a similar excursion for Edinburgh with Alasdair Dickinson in support. That procured the position for Duncan Hodgea?'s opening penalty goal in 10 minutes.Indeed, Edinburgh were twice in the lead in the opening quarter. After Gregor had equalised with his first penalty goal, a kick from all of 45 metres, Hodge had his second in 17 minutes, when Tkachuk apparently spoke out of turn. That persuaded referee Alan Lewis to reverse the penalty so that Glasgow, instead of having a relieving kick, found themselves down 3-6. But in the space of 10 minutes in the second quarter three Glasgow tries turned that deficit into a 22-6 lead.Beattie scored the opening try in 24 minutes, the culmination of fierce recycling close to the Gunnersa?" goal-line. After more than 10 phases of percussion Glasgow changed to a different tune, with Gregora?'s long pass to the left for Scott Barrow to send the No.8 over. That conversion attempt was to be Gregora?'s only missed kick.Three minutes later Glasgow were back in camp on the visitorsa?" line. This time the try came more quickly, and Beattie was involved again, his scrummage pick-up firing the impetus for Tkachuk to score. Gregor converted, and the stand-off soon followed up by pouncing on to loose ball after Barclay had blocked a Hodge clearance.Gregor again converted, and after Hodge had gone wide with an attempted drop goal the home stand-off blocked another of his opposite numbera?'s kicks, giving himself the scent of a second try. This time Webstera?'s pace saved Edinburgh.Three minutes into added time, however, Stanifortha?'s first try secured the bonus point. Barrowa?'s offload in the tackle let Glasgow create a platform on the left for another long pass by Gregor to open the way for Morrison and Beattie create the score, the latter with an inside scoring pass to the full back. Gregor added the goal points, and he extended the lead to 32-6 in the minute after the interval with his second penalty goal.Thereafter Glasgow were more on the back foot than they had been in the first half, and they were hampered in the final quarter by Lee Harrisona?'s absence in the sin-bin. Before the propa?'s departure, however, Swindall and Beattie in concert with Sam Pinder had opened the door for the No.8 to send Staniforth in on the right, and again Gregor kicked a conversion from wide out.Glasgow survived the 10 minutes of reduced numbers, and as soon as they were complete again Fergus Thomsona?'s thrust laid the ground for Morrison to score close to where Staniforth had crossed from his second try. This time Dan Parks kicked the angled conversion.This afternoona?'s attendance numbered only 2003. But the Glasgow supporters obviously enjoyed what they had seen, and at the end of the match the Glasgow players crossed to the stand to pay their thanks. It was, too, a way of asking their supporters to bring a friend or more to Warriorsa?" new home for future games, the next of which will be the Heineken Cup tie against Bath a week on Friday.Glasgow a?" Graydon Staniforth; Hefin Oa?"Hare, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Rory Lamont; Colin Gregor, Graeme Beveridge (captain); Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Tim Barker, Craig Hamilton, Steve Swindall, John Beattie, John Barclay. Substitutes a?" Dan Turner for Hamilton (40+3 minutes to 44), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (46), Lee Harrison for Murray (52), Gregor Hayter for Swindall (59), Murray for Barclay (65-73), Dan Parks for Gregor (66), Andrew Henderson for Barrow (66), Ferguson Thomson for Lawson (68).Tries, Staniforth (2), Beattie, Gregor, Tkachuk, Morrison; conversions, Gregor (4), Parks; penalty goals, Gregor (2).Edinburgh a?" Hugo Southwell; Simon Webster, Peter Jorgensen, Matt Dey, Francisco Leonelli; Duncan Hodge (captain), Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Andrew Kelly, Alasdair Dickinson, Fergus Pringle, Alastair Kellock, Alasdair Strokosch, Dave Callam, Simon Cross. Substitutes a?" Phil Godman for Dey (19-21), Scott Murray for Pringle (half-time), Alan MacDonald for Callam (half-time), Godman for Hodge (51), Dave Hewett for Dickinson (65), Steve Lawrie for Kellock (65), Jamie Blackwood for Blair (73), Michael Pyke for Leonelli (74)Penalty goals, Hodge (2).Referee a?" Alan Lewis (Ireland).Man of the match a?" John Beattie.Attendance a?" 2003.Glasgow Warriors 46, Edinburgh Gunners 6Glasgow Warriors delayed their Sunday lunch until mid-afternoon and then set about gorging themselves on six tries against Edinburgh Gunners to celebrate their return to Firhill. The bonus point was secured in first-half added time, and by then Glasgow were all but out of sight at 29-6.For Glasgow it was a memorable win to add to the 133-year history of the Inter-City series. The margin was their best in the professional era, though it was not the first time they had scored half a dozen tries against their ancient rivals in the current guise. Just two years ago Glasgow had six in winning the Hughenden joust by 45-33.This latest savoury, though, had a special ingredient in that Glasgow did not concede a try. Even late on, when Edinburgh were battling for a consolation, the home defence held out a?_ or rather held up. Simon Webster was over the Glasgow line, but Rory Lamont turned his fellow cap on his back to prevent him from scoring.Hugh Campbell, Glasgowa?'s heads coach, was naturally delighted with the result, though not just with the six tries and the final margin. He was even more enthusiastic with the defensive qualities. a??Edinburgh had nowhere to go,a?? he commented. a??Our confidence developed from there.a??Edinburgh would have gone to the top of the Celtic League table if they had beaten Glasgow with a bonus point. Yet over the game Glasgow were by far the hungrier. The home team were more aggressive in the tackle, sharper on to man and ball, and quite simply looked a team who had belief in their ability to win and climb to fifth place in the league.Campbell paid a special compliment to John Beattie, who scored one of the six tries. The No.8 in Glasgowa?'s young back row had a??an exceptional gamea??, the coach commented.That view was complemented by the award of man of the match to the 20-year-old Beattie, and the coach also paid tribute to the No.8a?'s breakaway colleagues, Steve Swindall and the 19-year-old John Barclay. Glasgow are blessed in having such talent available to cover the ongoing absence of the international trio of John Petrie, Donnie Macfadyen, and Andrew Wilson.Graydon Staniforth scored two of the other tries, and Colin Gregor had one as well as kicking 14 points with four conversions and two penalty goals. Those two contributed also by appreciating the need to play the game in the opposition half and reacting by kicking deep and wide, either to relieve pressure or to turn the screws in the Edinburgh 22. The width of Gregora?'s passing was also a key element a?_ and that was all the more admirable when it came from Glasgowa?'s third-choice stand-off.In the first quarter, however, little was seen on the menu of the meal that was to follow. The hors-da?"oeuvres had only a few tasty bites, such as the early thrust by Swindall and Kevin Tkachuk to excite the Glasgow support.Mike Blair had a similar excursion for Edinburgh with Alasdair Dickinson in support. That procured the position for Duncan Hodgea?'s opening penalty goal in 10 minutes.Indeed, Edinburgh were twice in the lead in the opening quarter. After Gregor had equalised with his first penalty goal, a kick from all of 45 metres, Hodge had his second in 17 minutes, when Tkachuk apparently spoke out of turn. That persuaded referee Alan Lewis to reverse the penalty so that Glasgow, instead of having a relieving kick, found themselves down 3-6. But in the space of 10 minutes in the second quarter three Glasgow tries turned that deficit into a 22-6 lead.Beattie scored the opening try in 24 minutes, the culmination of fierce recycling close to the Gunnersa?" goal-line. After more than 10 phases of percussion Glasgow changed to a different tune, with Gregora?'s long pass to the left for Scott Barrow to send the No.8 over. That conversion attempt was to be Gregora?'s only missed kick.Three minutes later Glasgow were back in camp on the visitorsa?" line. This time the try came more quickly, and Beattie was involved again, his scrummage pick-up firing the impetus for Tkachuk to score. Gregor converted, and the stand-off soon followed up by pouncing on to loose ball after Barclay had blocked a Hodge clearance.Gregor again converted, and after Hodge had gone wide with an attempted drop goal the home stand-off blocked another of his opposite numbera?'s kicks, giving himself the scent of a second try. This time Webstera?'s pace saved Edinburgh.Three minutes into added time, however, Stanifortha?'s first try secured the bonus point. Barrowa?'s offload in the tackle let Glasgow create a platform on the left for another long pass by Gregor to open the way for Morrison and Beattie create the score, the latter with an inside scoring pass to the full back. Gregor added the goal points, and he extended the lead to 32-6 in the minute after the interval with his second penalty goal.Thereafter Glasgow were more on the back foot than they had been in the first half, and they were hampered in the final quarter by Lee Harrisona?'s absence in the sin-bin. Before the propa?'s departure, however, Swindall and Beattie in concert with Sam Pinder had opened the door for the No.8 to send Staniforth in on the right, and again Gregor kicked a conversion from wide out.Glasgow survived the 10 minutes of reduced numbers, and as soon as they were complete again Fergus Thomsona?'s thrust laid the ground for Morrison to score close to where Staniforth had crossed from his second try. This time Dan Parks kicked the angled conversion.This afternoona?'s attendance numbered only 2003. But the Glasgow supporters obviously enjoyed what they had seen, and at the end of the match the Glasgow players crossed to the stand to pay their thanks. It was, too, a way of asking their supporters to bring a friend or more to Warriorsa?" new home for future games, the next of which will be the Heineken Cup tie against Bath a week on Friday.Glasgow a?" Graydon Staniforth; Hefin Oa?"Hare, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Rory Lamont; Colin Gregor, Graeme Beveridge (captain); Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Tim Barker, Craig Hamilton, Steve Swindall, John Beattie, John Barclay. Substitutes a?" Dan Turner for Hamilton (40+3 minutes to 44), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (46), Lee Harrison for Murray (52), Gregor Hayter for Swindall (59), Murray for Barclay (65-73), Dan Parks for Gregor (66), Andrew Henderson for Barrow (66), Ferguson Thomson for Lawson (68).Tries, Staniforth (2), Beattie, Gregor, Tkachuk, Morrison; conversions, Gregor (4), Parks; penalty goals, Gregor (2).Edinburgh a?" Hugo Southwell; Simon Webster, Peter Jorgensen, Matt Dey, Francisco Leonelli; Duncan Hodge (captain), Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Andrew Kelly, Alasdair Dickinson, Fergus Pringle, Alastair Kellock, Alasdair Strokosch, Dave Callam, Simon Cross. Substitutes a?" Phil Godman for Dey (19-21), Scott Murray for Pringle (half-time), Alan MacDonald for Callam (half-time), Godman for Hodge (51), Dave Hewett for Dickinson (65), Steve Lawrie for Kellock (65), Jamie Blackwood for Blair (73), Michael Pyke for Leonelli (74)Penalty goals, Hodge (2).Referee a?" Alan Lewis (Ireland).Man of the match a?" John Beattie.Attendance a?" 2003.