Disappointing Defeat For Glasgow

Border Reivers 24, Glasgow Warriors 13Glasgow Warriors left Netherdale this evening to carry disappointment into the New Year. For them the trip to the Borders was no Hogmanay party.Instead, Glasgow were left to reflect on the sharp difference between this montha?'s start and its end. Their entry into December was proclaimed with a six-try rout of Edinburgh, but they left it as only a shadow of the team who had celebrated their return to Firhill in that grand style.Reiversa?" victory lifted them into fifth slot in the Celtic League table, one point ahead of the Warriors.Glasgow scored only one try today. That was in the final quarter, but, briefly, it raised Warriorsa?" hopes. That Rory Lamont score, converted by Dan Parks from wide out on the left, cut Reiversa?" lead to 17-13. Glasgow should have sniffed the scent of victory. Instead, it was Reivers who had the final say with a Stevie Scott try.For Glasgow, though, the damage was done in the first half. Their lineout failed to find efficiency and consistency against Scott MacLeod and Semo Sititi, and the visitors lacked the Border urgency and organisation at the breakdown. Nor could Glasgow find a way to exploit numerical superiority in the 10 minutes that Bruce Douglas was in the sin-bin in the second quarter. Conversely, Reivers scored more than half their points while Glasgow were similarly short-handed.It was not the most notable of contests, too scrappy and fractured. The opening fanfare with Daniellia?'s try was not followed up, and the excitement of the finale, with the Lamont and Scott tries, could not hide the overall impression of a dogged contest.Over the game Reivers were simply hungrier than Glasgow. Their appetite for the game seemed to have been whetted by their Murrayfield defeat by Edinburgh.That was only five days ago. Yet Reivers came in fresh, and their opening statement was played with a flourish. From the Glasgow kick-off the home team swung the ball to the left from close on their own goal-line for Sititi to break through. Ross Ford added continuity.Less than four minutes later they clicked the crossfield button again. This time it was close to the Glasgow line after Gregor Townsenda?'s deep kick to the left. Graydon Staniforth and Scott Lawson failed to effect a clearance, Glasgow were penalised, and Chris Cusitera?'s tapped kick set up the means for Simon Daniellia?'s try.Charlie Hore missed the conversion from out on the right, but he kicked penalty goal seven minutes later. That was after Reivers had churned a maul through the Glasgow 22 almost to the line. The maul, however, stopped three times on the way before its engine was revived. That is contrary to what is allowed in the laws of the game, as anyone will see who cares to read that relevant clause.Dan Parks replied with two penalty goals, and after 19 minutes the margin was only 8-6. The first of those could have been more that just a penalty awarded five metres from the Border goal-line. There Sam Pinder was impeded as soon as he tapped the penalty. A sin-sin was merited, but such action was not taken.Yet 12 minutes into the second half Pinder committed the same sin more than 30 metres out from the Glasgow line. He was shown a yellow card. More than this author must have puzzled about how to fit consistency into comparing those two infringements.It was, though, Glasgowa?'s own fault that they did not go into the interval with a lead in hand rather than being still two points down. During Douglasa?'s absence in the sin-bin Glasgow made nothing out of the advantage despite spending more than half of that time hammering the Border goal-line. John Beattie was close a couple of times, and even after Reivers had raised that siege Glasgow came back only to see Graeme Morrison lose possession as he drove into the home 22.Hore, who missed a penalty just after Parksa?'s second, steadily eased Reivers into a 17-6 lead after 55 minutes. Two of his three penalty goals were during Pindera?'s absence.It seemed at that stage that Reivers were content in the knowledge that they could deny Glasgow any way through. Suddenly, however, with little more than 10 minutes left, Glasgow were back in the match. Parks tried to cut through from close range, and though he was stopped he did well to keep on his feet to slip the ball out for Staniforth to send Lamont over in the left corner.Parks converted, and Reiversa?" lead was down to four points. But, almost immediately, Gregor Hayter was sin-binned, and when Nikki Walker, sprinting in off the blind side, sliced past three tackles into the visitorsa?" 22 the Borders worked their way to the line for Sititi to send Scott over. Hore converted.Border Reivers a?" Calum MacRae; Simon Danielli, Ben MacDougall, Charlie Hore, Nikki Walker; Gregor Townsend, Chris Cusiter; Paul Thomson (captain), Ross Ford, Bruce Douglas, Scott MacLeod, Opeta Palepoi, Kelly Brown, Semo Sititi, Andy Miller. Substitutes a?" Tom McGee for Miller (26-36 minutes), McGee for Thomson (half-time), Colin Stewart for MacLeod (62 minutes), John Dalziel for Miller (62), Garry Law for Danielli (67), Stuart Moffat for MacRae (76), Steve Scott for Ford (70). Not used a?" Brendan McKerchar.Tries, Danielli, Scott; conversion, Hore; penalty goals, Hore (4).Glasgow Warriors a?" Graydon Staniforth; Hefin Oa?"Hare, Graeme Morrison, Andy Henderson, Rory Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Tim Barker, Dan Turnera?" John Beattie, Jon Petrie (captain), John Barclay. Substitutes a?" Lee Harrison for Murray (6-16 and 57), Gregor Hayter for Barker (half-time), Steve Swindall for Petrie (49), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (62), Colin Gregor for Parks (72), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (79), Andy Craig for Oa?"Hare (79).Try, Lamont; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (2)Referee a?" Peter Allan (Watsonians).Man of the match a?" Semo Sititi.Attendance a?" 2701.Border Reivers 24, Glasgow Warriors 13Glasgow Warriors left Netherdale this evening to carry disappointment into the New Year. For them the trip to the Borders was no Hogmanay party.Instead, Glasgow were left to reflect on the sharp difference between this montha?'s start and its end. Their entry into December was proclaimed with a six-try rout of Edinburgh, but they left it as only a shadow of the team who had celebrated their return to Firhill in that grand style.Reiversa?" victory lifted them into fifth slot in the Celtic League table, one point ahead of the Warriors.Glasgow scored only one try today. That was in the final quarter, but, briefly, it raised Warriorsa?" hopes. That Rory Lamont score, converted by Dan Parks from wide out on the left, cut Reiversa?" lead to 17-13. Glasgow should have sniffed the scent of victory. Instead, it was Reivers who had the final say with a Stevie Scott try.For Glasgow, though, the damage was done in the first half. Their lineout failed to find efficiency and consistency against Scott MacLeod and Semo Sititi, and the visitors lacked the Border urgency and organisation at the breakdown. Nor could Glasgow find a way to exploit numerical superiority in the 10 minutes that Bruce Douglas was in the sin-bin in the second quarter. Conversely, Reivers scored more than half their points while Glasgow were similarly short-handed.It was not the most notable of contests, too scrappy and fractured. The opening fanfare with Daniellia?'s try was not followed up, and the excitement of the finale, with the Lamont and Scott tries, could not hide the overall impression of a dogged contest.Over the game Reivers were simply hungrier than Glasgow. Their appetite for the game seemed to have been whetted by their Murrayfield defeat by Edinburgh.That was only five days ago. Yet Reivers came in fresh, and their opening statement was played with a flourish. From the Glasgow kick-off the home team swung the ball to the left from close on their own goal-line for Sititi to break through. Ross Ford added continuity.Less than four minutes later they clicked the crossfield button again. This time it was close to the Glasgow line after Gregor Townsenda?'s deep kick to the left. Graydon Staniforth and Scott Lawson failed to effect a clearance, Glasgow were penalised, and Chris Cusitera?'s tapped kick set up the means for Simon Daniellia?'s try.Charlie Hore missed the conversion from out on the right, but he kicked penalty goal seven minutes later. That was after Reivers had churned a maul through the Glasgow 22 almost to the line. The maul, however, stopped three times on the way before its engine was revived. That is contrary to what is allowed in the laws of the game, as anyone will see who cares to read that relevant clause.Dan Parks replied with two penalty goals, and after 19 minutes the margin was only 8-6. The first of those could have been more that just a penalty awarded five metres from the Border goal-line. There Sam Pinder was impeded as soon as he tapped the penalty. A sin-sin was merited, but such action was not taken.Yet 12 minutes into the second half Pinder committed the same sin more than 30 metres out from the Glasgow line. He was shown a yellow card. More than this author must have puzzled about how to fit consistency into comparing those two infringements.It was, though, Glasgowa?'s own fault that they did not go into the interval with a lead in hand rather than being still two points down. During Douglasa?'s absence in the sin-bin Glasgow made nothing out of the advantage despite spending more than half of that time hammering the Border goal-line. John Beattie was close a couple of times, and even after Reivers had raised that siege Glasgow came back only to see Graeme Morrison lose possession as he drove into the home 22.Hore, who missed a penalty just after Parksa?'s second, steadily eased Reivers into a 17-6 lead after 55 minutes. Two of his three penalty goals were during Pindera?'s absence.It seemed at that stage that Reivers were content in the knowledge that they could deny Glasgow any way through. Suddenly, however, with little more than 10 minutes left, Glasgow were back in the match. Parks tried to cut through from close range, and though he was stopped he did well to keep on his feet to slip the ball out for Staniforth to send Lamont over in the left corner.Parks converted, and Reiversa?" lead was down to four points. But, almost immediately, Gregor Hayter was sin-binned, and when Nikki Walker, sprinting in off the blind side, sliced past three tackles into the visitorsa?" 22 the Borders worked their way to the line for Sititi to send Scott over. Hore converted.Border Reivers a?" Calum MacRae; Simon Danielli, Ben MacDougall, Charlie Hore, Nikki Walker; Gregor Townsend, Chris Cusiter; Paul Thomson (captain), Ross Ford, Bruce Douglas, Scott MacLeod, Opeta Palepoi, Kelly Brown, Semo Sititi, Andy Miller. Substitutes a?" Tom McGee for Miller (26-36 minutes), McGee for Thomson (half-time), Colin Stewart for MacLeod (62 minutes), John Dalziel for Miller (62), Garry Law for Danielli (67), Stuart Moffat for MacRae (76), Steve Scott for Ford (70). Not used a?" Brendan McKerchar.Tries, Danielli, Scott; conversion, Hore; penalty goals, Hore (4).Glasgow Warriors a?" Graydon Staniforth; Hefin Oa?"Hare, Graeme Morrison, Andy Henderson, Rory Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Tim Barker, Dan Turnera?" John Beattie, Jon Petrie (captain), John Barclay. Substitutes a?" Lee Harrison for Murray (6-16 and 57), Gregor Hayter for Barker (half-time), Steve Swindall for Petrie (49), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (62), Colin Gregor for Parks (72), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (79), Andy Craig for Oa?"Hare (79).Try, Lamont; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks (2)Referee a?" Peter Allan (Watsonians).Man of the match a?" Semo Sititi.Attendance a?" 2701.