Glasgow Consigned To Europe'S Second Tier

Connacht 33, Glasgow Warriors 7Glasgow Warriors will be playing in the European Challenge Cup next season. Their visit to Galway this evening did not produce the victory they needed to have any hope of overtaking Border Reivers in the race to join Edinburgh Gunners in Heineken Cup qualification.Instead, Glasgow suffered a heavy defeat at the Galway Sportsground, Connacht plundering maximum points by scoring five tries to one. Indeed, the home team had secured their four-try bonus only nine minutes into the second half.Connachta?'s victory also left Glasgow at the foot of the table. The pair finished level on 37 league points, but Connacht edged ahead in the tie-break with six wins to Glasgowa?'s five.It was a dreadful first half for Glasgow. At the interval Connacht lead 19-0, with tries by flanker Matt Lacey, hooker John Fogarty, and scrum half Chris Keane.Connacht got the ideal start when Lacey muscled over from close range in the seventh minute. Stand-off Mark McHugh missed the conversion from wide out on the right, but he regained his poise on the quarter-hour to add to FogartyA?s try.ConnachtA?s pack were bossing the game up front, and McHughA?s right boot had Connacht constantly on the march. It was no surprise when Connacht tagged a third try just before the break when Keane sliced through for his first league try in three seasons. McHugh again converted.Scrum half Sam Pinder responded for Glasgow five minutes after the interval, the scrum half rounding off one of Glasgowa?'s few good moves. Stand-off Colin Gregor converted, but only four minutes later Connachta?'s 19-point lead was restored when lock David Gannon intercepted on the Glasgow 10-metre line and galloped all the way to score.Going into the final quarter, David Slemen had further to Glasgow misery with Connachta?'s fifth try. McHugh kicked his fourth conversion.Even if Glasgow had won it would not have been enough to escape being consigned to European rugbya?'s second-tier tournament. Borders ensured their return to the Heineken Cup by winning their Netherdale game against Dragons by 43-5.Connacht a?" Matt Mostyn; Darren Yapp, John Hearty, Gavin Williams, Conor McPhillips; Mark McHugh, Chris Keane; Ray Hogan, John Fogarty, Stephen Knoop, David Gannon, Andrew Farley, John Muldoon, Colm Rigney, Matt Lacey. Substitutes a?" Michael Swift for Rigney (44 minutes), David Slemen for Mostyn (44), Tom Tierney for Keane (54), David McGowan for Farley (59), Adrian Clarke for Hogan (65), Ted Robinson for Hearty (68), Joe Merrigan for Fogarty (70).Tries, Lacey, Fogarty, Keane, Gannon; conversions, McHugh (4).Glasgow Warriors a?" Graydon Staniforth; Spencer Davey, Hefin Oa?"Hare, Graeme Morrison, Rory Lamont; Colin Gregor, Sam Pinder; Stuart Corsar, Fergus Thomson, Kevin Tkachuk, James Eddie, Dan Turner, Jon Petrie, John Beattie, Donnie Macfadyen (captain). Substitutes a?" Eric Milligan for Corsar (half-time), Iain Kennedy for Staniforth (half-time), Scott Lawson for Thomson (47), Andrew Wilson for Petrie (48), Dan Parks for Pinder (48), Craig Hamilton for Eddie (62), John Barclay for Macfadyen (62).Try, Pinder; conversion, Gregor.Referee a?" Nigel Owens (Wales).Connacht 33, Glasgow Warriors 7Glasgow Warriors will be playing in the European Challenge Cup next season. Their visit to Galway this evening did not produce the victory they needed to have any hope of overtaking Border Reivers in the race to join Edinburgh Gunners in Heineken Cup qualification.Instead, Glasgow suffered a heavy defeat at the Galway Sportsground, Connacht plundering maximum points by scoring five tries to one. Indeed, the home team had secured their four-try bonus only nine minutes into the second half.Connachta?'s victory also left Glasgow at the foot of the table. The pair finished level on 37 league points, but Connacht edged ahead in the tie-break with six wins to Glasgowa?'s five.It was a dreadful first half for Glasgow. At the interval Connacht lead 19-0, with tries by flanker Matt Lacey, hooker John Fogarty, and scrum half Chris Keane.Connacht got the ideal start when Lacey muscled over from close range in the seventh minute. Stand-off Mark McHugh missed the conversion from wide out on the right, but he regained his poise on the quarter-hour to add to FogartyA?s try.ConnachtA?s pack were bossing the game up front, and McHughA?s right boot had Connacht constantly on the march. It was no surprise when Connacht tagged a third try just before the break when Keane sliced through for his first league try in three seasons. McHugh again converted.Scrum half Sam Pinder responded for Glasgow five minutes after the interval, the scrum half rounding off one of Glasgowa?'s few good moves. Stand-off Colin Gregor converted, but only four minutes later Connachta?'s 19-point lead was restored when lock David Gannon intercepted on the Glasgow 10-metre line and galloped all the way to score.Going into the final quarter, David Slemen had further to Glasgow misery with Connachta?'s fifth try. McHugh kicked his fourth conversion.Even if Glasgow had won it would not have been enough to escape being consigned to European rugbya?'s second-tier tournament. Borders ensured their return to the Heineken Cup by winning their Netherdale game against Dragons by 43-5.Connacht a?" Matt Mostyn; Darren Yapp, John Hearty, Gavin Williams, Conor McPhillips; Mark McHugh, Chris Keane; Ray Hogan, John Fogarty, Stephen Knoop, David Gannon, Andrew Farley, John Muldoon, Colm Rigney, Matt Lacey. Substitutes a?" Michael Swift for Rigney (44 minutes), David Slemen for Mostyn (44), Tom Tierney for Keane (54), David McGowan for Farley (59), Adrian Clarke for Hogan (65), Ted Robinson for Hearty (68), Joe Merrigan for Fogarty (70).Tries, Lacey, Fogarty, Keane, Gannon; conversions, McHugh (4).Glasgow Warriors a?" Graydon Staniforth; Spencer Davey, Hefin Oa?"Hare, Graeme Morrison, Rory Lamont; Colin Gregor, Sam Pinder; Stuart Corsar, Fergus Thomson, Kevin Tkachuk, James Eddie, Dan Turner, Jon Petrie, John Beattie, Donnie Macfadyen (captain). Substitutes a?" Eric Milligan for Corsar (half-time), Iain Kennedy for Staniforth (half-time), Scott Lawson for Thomson (47), Andrew Wilson for Petrie (48), Dan Parks for Pinder (48), Craig Hamilton for Eddie (62), John Barclay for Macfadyen (62).Try, Pinder; conversion, Gregor.Referee a?" Nigel Owens (Wales).