Glasgow Fall To Bath In Close European Match

Bath 31, Glasgow Warriors 26Glasgow produced their best Heineken Cup performance for several years on their visit to the Recreation Ground on an ideal afternoon for rugby today. Even that was not enough to edge Bath in the closest of contests, though they gained a bonus, their first point of the European campaign.It was Glasgowa?'s third European defeat in as many games this season. Yet it was a game they could well have won. They led for much of the first half a?" from the fifteenth minute until the verge of added time a?" and at the interval, after 40 exciting, exhilarating minutes, they thoroughly deserved to be level at 23-all with the former Heineken champions.Even half an hour into the second half that scoreline was unchanged, and still the impression was there that it was a game Glasgow could win. Bath, however, have the habit of winning tight game, and that is just what the home team did, with Salesi Finau scoring the bonus-point try. Glasgow had to settle for a losing bonus point plus the award of the man of the match prize to Dan Parks.Afterwards, Hugh Campbell, Glasgowa?'s head coach, admitted to a??a strange feelinga?? on reflecting on the game. a??Ia?"m gutted,a?? he explained, but he had seen more than enough in the Glasgow performance for him to relish the return match at Firhill on Friday evening. a??Firhill has a pitch that suits us,a?? he remarked. a??Ia?"m looking forward to Fridaya?'s game.a?? He was mindful of how Glasgow had so appreciated their return to the Patrick Thistle ground on six days ago that they had beaten Edinburgh 46-6.Parks scored 18 of Glasgowa?'s first half points with a try, two conversions, and three penalty goals. Also, his chip ahead and catch on the run set up the position from which Andrew Henderson scored Glasgowa?'s other try. Moreover, the Scotland stand-off earned the prize just as much for his control of the game.Glasgow signalled their intent with an early onslaught in which Tim Barker, Henderson, Graeme Morrison, and Rory Lamont had key roles. But Bath caught Glasgow cold when Lee Mears, out of nothing, broke clear at halfway. He was nabbed, but Bath recycled for Matt Perry to send Frikkie Welsh over in the left corner. But the penultimate pass from Tom Cheeseman to Perry was blatantly forward across the 22-metre line.Olly Barkley missed the conversion, the first of his five failed kicks, and Glasgow fired back to take a 10-5 lead after quarter of an hour. Parks kicked a penalty goal for offside in the Bath 22, and the stand-offa?'s kick and catch soon set up the Henderson try, the centre running through two tackles, the last leaving Perry sprawling and injured. Parks converted from well out on the right.Barkley cut back with a penalty goal in 18 minutes, but almost immediately the Glasgow centres, Morrison and Henderson, pressurised Batha?'s right corner. Barker had a go at going over between the posts, and though he was denied Parks sneaked over on the right. The stand-off again converted, Glasgow were 17-8 ahead, and barely quarter of the game had gone.The pace of the gamea?'s scoring rate continued unabated, with Bath scoring again only two minutes later, Barkleya?'s break making a try for Michael Stephenson, replaced for the injured Perry. Barkley missed that conversion, too, but he added a penalty goal from a step inside his own half, the ball skidding over off the crossbar.Parks responded with a second penalty goal for 20-16 after half an hour. But Glasgow then survived two close calls. Cheeseman was over the visitorsa?" line, though the score was denied by a forward pass, and a reversed penalty allowed Warriors to escape from their own 22 instead of seeing their lead cut to one point.Glasgow would have been content to gone into half-time with that 20-16 lead. Instead, from a Bath kick to the left the ball bounced cruelly into touch inches from the goal-line when it logically should have gone dead. Thata?'s the pain at times of playing with a funny shaped football!Glasgow failed to secure their own throw-in there, and Michael Lipman pounced on the loose ball for a try. Barkley converted, but time was still left for Parks to tie the half-time scoreline with his third penalty goal.After the interval Bath reverted to their more normal tight game, setting aside the wide rugby of the first 40 minutes, but that was not apparent until Glasgow were frustrated in pressure that they could not exploit. Lamont was tackled in the air when he jumped to gather a cross kick from Parks, and though Glasgow won the subsequent penalty lineout they could make nothing either of their attempts to drive over close to source or from the long pass that Parks fired to the left.Midway in the second half, while Bath were without the yellow-carded Peter Short, the visitors saw another good chance go begging. John Beattie kicked ahead up the right, he and Steve Swindall fruitfully followed up for Parks to switch the point of attack to the left, where Morrison was twice prominent, and when the ball was swung infield Euan Murray bumped into the referee on charging in between the posts. The referee ruled that that collision was to Warriorsa?" advantage, and he recalled play for a Glasgow scrummage. But Bath, even with a depleted pack, survived with a tight-head gain. That should not happen to eight against seven.Barkley missed two more penalties in that time, either of which would have taken Bath back into the lead, but after 30 minutes of second-half deadlock the home team edged ahead again, this time from a five-metre scrummage on the left for Chris Malone, Barkley, and Cheeseman to link in sending Finau over.After yet another Barkley miss Colin Gregor pulled Glasgow back to within two points with a penalty goal. But when Morrison was sin-binned Barkley replied in kind, only his fourth success in nine attempts.Bath a?" Matt Perry; Salesi Finau, Tom Cheeseman, Olly Barkley, Frikkie Welsh; Chris Malone, Nick Walshe; Matt Stevens, Lee Mears, Duncan Bell, Steve Borthwick (captain), Peter Short, Andy Beattie, Gareth Delve, Michael Lipman, Substitutes a?" Michael Stephen for Perry (15 minutes), David Barnes for Bell (59 minutes), Rob Fidler for Short (65), Andy Williams for Walshe (75), Andy Higgins for Cheeseman (75).Tries, Welsh, Stephenson, Lipman, Finau; conversion, Barkley; penalty goals, Barkley (3).Glasgow Warriors a?" Graydon Staniforth; Hefin Oa?"Hare, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Rory Lamont; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge (captain); Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Tim Barker, Craig Hamilton, Steve Swindall, John Beattie, John Barclay. Substitutes a?" Lee Harrison for Tkachuk (half-time), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (48), Dan Turner for Hamilton (57), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (57), Tkachuk for Murray (59), Gregor Hayter for Swindall (63), Colin Gregor for Parks (71).Tries, Henderson, Parks; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goals, Parks (3), Gregor.Referee a?" Christophe Berdos (France).Heineken man of the match a?" Dan Parks.Attendance a?" 9810.Bath 31, Glasgow Warriors 26Glasgow produced their best Heineken Cup performance for several years on their visit to the Recreation Ground on an ideal afternoon for rugby today. Even that was not enough to edge Bath in the closest of contests, though they gained a bonus, their first point of the European campaign.It was Glasgowa?'s third European defeat in as many games this season. Yet it was a game they could well have won. They led for much of the first half a?" from the fifteenth minute until the verge of added time a?" and at the interval, after 40 exciting, exhilarating minutes, they thoroughly deserved to be level at 23-all with the former Heineken champions.Even half an hour into the second half that scoreline was unchanged, and still the impression was there that it was a game Glasgow could win. Bath, however, have the habit of winning tight game, and that is just what the home team did, with Salesi Finau scoring the bonus-point try. Glasgow had to settle for a losing bonus point plus the award of the man of the match prize to Dan Parks.Afterwards, Hugh Campbell, Glasgowa?'s head coach, admitted to a??a strange feelinga?? on reflecting on the game. a??Ia?"m gutted,a?? he explained, but he had seen more than enough in the Glasgow performance for him to relish the return match at Firhill on Friday evening. a??Firhill has a pitch that suits us,a?? he remarked. a??Ia?"m looking forward to Fridaya?'s game.a?? He was mindful of how Glasgow had so appreciated their return to the Patrick Thistle ground on six days ago that they had beaten Edinburgh 46-6.Parks scored 18 of Glasgowa?'s first half points with a try, two conversions, and three penalty goals. Also, his chip ahead and catch on the run set up the position from which Andrew Henderson scored Glasgowa?'s other try. Moreover, the Scotland stand-off earned the prize just as much for his control of the game.Glasgow signalled their intent with an early onslaught in which Tim Barker, Henderson, Graeme Morrison, and Rory Lamont had key roles. But Bath caught Glasgow cold when Lee Mears, out of nothing, broke clear at halfway. He was nabbed, but Bath recycled for Matt Perry to send Frikkie Welsh over in the left corner. But the penultimate pass from Tom Cheeseman to Perry was blatantly forward across the 22-metre line.Olly Barkley missed the conversion, the first of his five failed kicks, and Glasgow fired back to take a 10-5 lead after quarter of an hour. Parks kicked a penalty goal for offside in the Bath 22, and the stand-offa?'s kick and catch soon set up the Henderson try, the centre running through two tackles, the last leaving Perry sprawling and injured. Parks converted from well out on the right.Barkley cut back with a penalty goal in 18 minutes, but almost immediately the Glasgow centres, Morrison and Henderson, pressurised Batha?'s right corner. Barker had a go at going over between the posts, and though he was denied Parks sneaked over on the right. The stand-off again converted, Glasgow were 17-8 ahead, and barely quarter of the game had gone.The pace of the gamea?'s scoring rate continued unabated, with Bath scoring again only two minutes later, Barkleya?'s break making a try for Michael Stephenson, replaced for the injured Perry. Barkley missed that conversion, too, but he added a penalty goal from a step inside his own half, the ball skidding over off the crossbar.Parks responded with a second penalty goal for 20-16 after half an hour. But Glasgow then survived two close calls. Cheeseman was over the visitorsa?" line, though the score was denied by a forward pass, and a reversed penalty allowed Warriors to escape from their own 22 instead of seeing their lead cut to one point.Glasgow would have been content to gone into half-time with that 20-16 lead. Instead, from a Bath kick to the left the ball bounced cruelly into touch inches from the goal-line when it logically should have gone dead. Thata?'s the pain at times of playing with a funny shaped football!Glasgow failed to secure their own throw-in there, and Michael Lipman pounced on the loose ball for a try. Barkley converted, but time was still left for Parks to tie the half-time scoreline with his third penalty goal.After the interval Bath reverted to their more normal tight game, setting aside the wide rugby of the first 40 minutes, but that was not apparent until Glasgow were frustrated in pressure that they could not exploit. Lamont was tackled in the air when he jumped to gather a cross kick from Parks, and though Glasgow won the subsequent penalty lineout they could make nothing either of their attempts to drive over close to source or from the long pass that Parks fired to the left.Midway in the second half, while Bath were without the yellow-carded Peter Short, the visitors saw another good chance go begging. John Beattie kicked ahead up the right, he and Steve Swindall fruitfully followed up for Parks to switch the point of attack to the left, where Morrison was twice prominent, and when the ball was swung infield Euan Murray bumped into the referee on charging in between the posts. The referee ruled that that collision was to Warriorsa?" advantage, and he recalled play for a Glasgow scrummage. But Bath, even with a depleted pack, survived with a tight-head gain. That should not happen to eight against seven.Barkley missed two more penalties in that time, either of which would have taken Bath back into the lead, but after 30 minutes of second-half deadlock the home team edged ahead again, this time from a five-metre scrummage on the left for Chris Malone, Barkley, and Cheeseman to link in sending Finau over.After yet another Barkley miss Colin Gregor pulled Glasgow back to within two points with a penalty goal. But when Morrison was sin-binned Barkley replied in kind, only his fourth success in nine attempts.Bath a?" Matt Perry; Salesi Finau, Tom Cheeseman, Olly Barkley, Frikkie Welsh; Chris Malone, Nick Walshe; Matt Stevens, Lee Mears, Duncan Bell, Steve Borthwick (captain), Peter Short, Andy Beattie, Gareth Delve, Michael Lipman, Substitutes a?" Michael Stephen for Perry (15 minutes), David Barnes for Bell (59 minutes), Rob Fidler for Short (65), Andy Williams for Walshe (75), Andy Higgins for Cheeseman (75).Tries, Welsh, Stephenson, Lipman, Finau; conversion, Barkley; penalty goals, Barkley (3).Glasgow Warriors a?" Graydon Staniforth; Hefin Oa?"Hare, Graeme Morrison, Andrew Henderson, Rory Lamont; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge (captain); Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Tim Barker, Craig Hamilton, Steve Swindall, John Beattie, John Barclay. Substitutes a?" Lee Harrison for Tkachuk (half-time), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (48), Dan Turner for Hamilton (57), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (57), Tkachuk for Murray (59), Gregor Hayter for Swindall (63), Colin Gregor for Parks (71).Tries, Henderson, Parks; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goals, Parks (3), Gregor.Referee a?" Christophe Berdos (France).Heineken man of the match a?" Dan Parks.Attendance a?" 9810.