Woe For The Warriors In Wales

Glasgow had a promising start in Wales for their Magners League trip the Liberty Stadium, with their pressure forcing the Ospreys into an unusually shaky start, but when the home side got into their stride they pounded their way over the Glasgow line four times to gain a bonus point 26-9 win.Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen said: "We were beaten by the better team and just couldna?'t score. Ita?'s very frustrating. We just couldna?'t keep possession long enough to make it count. There were some positives in that our lineouts were good and disrupted theirs, and our scrum looked good as well. Our defence scrambled well, but what we really need to work on is what we do with the ball when wea?"ve got it. "Stand-off Colin Gregor settled Glasgow with two penalties in relatively quick succession as his opposite number, Gavin Henson, had a questionable start, including a missed penalty kick. However, it wasna?'t long before the Ospreys answered back.James Hook made the break and passed to Steve Tandy, who drew in the Glasgow defence and sent Scotland winger Nikki Walker off at a sharp angle to power over the line. Henson converted, but the lead was held only for a moment as Gregor again slotted a penalty for the visitors.But worrying scenes for Glasgow saw the stand-off clutching his right thigh as soon as hea?'d kicked the ball. True enough, he lasted another couple of minutes before retiring injured and being replaced by Dan Parks.There was no rest for either side as the frantic pace continued, and the Ospreys powered their way towards the Glasgow line, and with an outstretched arm, Sonny Parker claimed their second try next to the posts, after conferring between the referee and touch judge. Henson converted to stretch their lead.Whenever the Ospreys put the ball through their hands in attack they looked dangerous and ran at Glasgow at every opportunity, but the Warriorsa?" backtracking defence did well to contain them.The Welsh side showed their calibre when former All Black Justin Marshall made an impressive break. He was brought down just short of the line, but Tandy was on his shoulder and ready for the pick and drive to cross in the corner. Henson again converted, and Glasgowa?'s fiery start seemed uncomfortably dampened down.The Ospreys were penalised for not rolling away from the tackle, and captain Kellock, slightly to his forwardsa?" surprise, opted for the corner instead of the kick at goal. The lineout was won and the ball shipped out to a busy midfield, but Glasgow were penalised for not releasing and their momentum was again lost.The Ospreys started the second half at a pace with Shane Williams scything through the Glasgow defence to eventually be stopped by John Beattie, but both sides had a look in and gaps opened up all over the park for some fast and loose play.Glasgow worked their way up to the Ospreys 22, and the Welsh defence were cocky enough not to touch down behind their own line but tried to keep it alive and give it to the wily Williams, who was rather unceremoniously dumped into touch.With neither side grasping the initiative a?" both kicking back and forth a?" Glasgow eventually found touch in the Ospreys 22 and then stole their lineout, but too often silly handling errors crept in and hard-fought possession was lost.When Glasgow gained some momentum they made the Ospreys work to keep them out and camped out on the home try line. After several drives it looked like Glasgow should have been over through John Beattie, but the ball was judged to have gone forward. It did put some wind into Glasgowa?'s sails though and spurred them on to a more sustained attack.The Ospreys fought back, though, looking for their fourth-try bonus point, and when in the dying minutes they looked like they were in at the corner Glasgow did very well to hold them up. Unfortunately, from the resulting scrum, the Ospreys shipped the ball out wide to the other wing for Wales international winger and man of the match Shane Williams to cross the whitewash.In a last ditch attempt to narrow the gap Hefin Oa?"Hare set off on a marvellous break, but it was too little too late, and when the relief of the final whistle came Glasgow were again back in defensive mode on their own line.0-3 a?" Colin Gregor penalty (2 mins)0-6 a?" Colin Gregor penalty (8 mins)5-6 a?" Nikki Walker try (14 mins)7-6 a?" Gavin Henson conversion7-9 a?" Colin Gregor pen (16 mins)12-9 a?" Sonny Parker try (23 mins)14-9 a?" Gavin Henson conv 19-9 a?" Steve Tandy try (28 mins)21-9 a?" Gavin Henson conv26-9 a?" Shane Williams try (77 mins)OSPREYS: Lee Byrne, Nikki Walker, Sonny Parker, James Hook, Shane Williams, Gavin Henson, Justin Marshall, Duncan Jones (capt), Huw Bennett, Adam Jones, Brent Cockbain, Ian Evans, Jonathan Thomas, Steve Tandy, Filo Tiatia. Substitutes: Paul James for Duncon Jones (57 minutes), Alun Wyn Jones for Cockbain (57), Barry Williams for Bennett (64), Andrew Bishop for Hook (70), Jason Spice for Marshall (70), Ducan Jones for Adam Jones (72), Shaun Connor for Byrne (78).GLASGOW: Rory Lamont, Hefin O'Hare, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Thom Evans, Colin Gregor, Graeme Beveridge, Justin Va'a, Fergus Thomson, Euan Murray, Andy Newman, Alastair Kellock (capt), Andrew Wilson, John Barclay, John Beattie. Substitutes: Dan Parks for Gregor (19), Dan Turner for Newman (28), Andrew Henderson for Lamont (32-39), Donnie Macfadyen for Barclay (40+1 - 44), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (half-time), Barclay for Wilson (45), Henderson for Barrow (47), Kevin Tkachuk for Vaa?"a (50), Scott Lawson for Thomson (62).Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland).Attendance: 6288Glasgow had a promising start in Wales for their Magners League trip the Liberty Stadium, with their pressure forcing the Ospreys into an unusually shaky start, but when the home side got into their stride they pounded their way over the Glasgow line four times to gain a bonus point 26-9 win.Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen said: "We were beaten by the better team and just couldna?'t score. Ita?'s very frustrating. We just couldna?'t keep possession long enough to make it count. There were some positives in that our lineouts were good and disrupted theirs, and our scrum looked good as well. Our defence scrambled well, but what we really need to work on is what we do with the ball when wea?"ve got it. "Stand-off Colin Gregor settled Glasgow with two penalties in relatively quick succession as his opposite number, Gavin Henson, had a questionable start, including a missed penalty kick. However, it wasna?'t long before the Ospreys answered back.James Hook made the break and passed to Steve Tandy, who drew in the Glasgow defence and sent Scotland winger Nikki Walker off at a sharp angle to power over the line. Henson converted, but the lead was held only for a moment as Gregor again slotted a penalty for the visitors.But worrying scenes for Glasgow saw the stand-off clutching his right thigh as soon as hea?'d kicked the ball. True enough, he lasted another couple of minutes before retiring injured and being replaced by Dan Parks.There was no rest for either side as the frantic pace continued, and the Ospreys powered their way towards the Glasgow line, and with an outstretched arm, Sonny Parker claimed their second try next to the posts, after conferring between the referee and touch judge. Henson converted to stretch their lead.Whenever the Ospreys put the ball through their hands in attack they looked dangerous and ran at Glasgow at every opportunity, but the Warriorsa?" backtracking defence did well to contain them.The Welsh side showed their calibre when former All Black Justin Marshall made an impressive break. He was brought down just short of the line, but Tandy was on his shoulder and ready for the pick and drive to cross in the corner. Henson again converted, and Glasgowa?'s fiery start seemed uncomfortably dampened down.The Ospreys were penalised for not rolling away from the tackle, and captain Kellock, slightly to his forwardsa?" surprise, opted for the corner instead of the kick at goal. The lineout was won and the ball shipped out to a busy midfield, but Glasgow were penalised for not releasing and their momentum was again lost.The Ospreys started the second half at a pace with Shane Williams scything through the Glasgow defence to eventually be stopped by John Beattie, but both sides had a look in and gaps opened up all over the park for some fast and loose play.Glasgow worked their way up to the Ospreys 22, and the Welsh defence were cocky enough not to touch down behind their own line but tried to keep it alive and give it to the wily Williams, who was rather unceremoniously dumped into touch.With neither side grasping the initiative a?" both kicking back and forth a?" Glasgow eventually found touch in the Ospreys 22 and then stole their lineout, but too often silly handling errors crept in and hard-fought possession was lost.When Glasgow gained some momentum they made the Ospreys work to keep them out and camped out on the home try line. After several drives it looked like Glasgow should have been over through John Beattie, but the ball was judged to have gone forward. It did put some wind into Glasgowa?'s sails though and spurred them on to a more sustained attack.The Ospreys fought back, though, looking for their fourth-try bonus point, and when in the dying minutes they looked like they were in at the corner Glasgow did very well to hold them up. Unfortunately, from the resulting scrum, the Ospreys shipped the ball out wide to the other wing for Wales international winger and man of the match Shane Williams to cross the whitewash.In a last ditch attempt to narrow the gap Hefin Oa?"Hare set off on a marvellous break, but it was too little too late, and when the relief of the final whistle came Glasgow were again back in defensive mode on their own line.0-3 a?" Colin Gregor penalty (2 mins)0-6 a?" Colin Gregor penalty (8 mins)5-6 a?" Nikki Walker try (14 mins)7-6 a?" Gavin Henson conversion7-9 a?" Colin Gregor pen (16 mins)12-9 a?" Sonny Parker try (23 mins)14-9 a?" Gavin Henson conv 19-9 a?" Steve Tandy try (28 mins)21-9 a?" Gavin Henson conv26-9 a?" Shane Williams try (77 mins)OSPREYS: Lee Byrne, Nikki Walker, Sonny Parker, James Hook, Shane Williams, Gavin Henson, Justin Marshall, Duncan Jones (capt), Huw Bennett, Adam Jones, Brent Cockbain, Ian Evans, Jonathan Thomas, Steve Tandy, Filo Tiatia. Substitutes: Paul James for Duncon Jones (57 minutes), Alun Wyn Jones for Cockbain (57), Barry Williams for Bennett (64), Andrew Bishop for Hook (70), Jason Spice for Marshall (70), Ducan Jones for Adam Jones (72), Shaun Connor for Byrne (78).GLASGOW: Rory Lamont, Hefin O'Hare, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Thom Evans, Colin Gregor, Graeme Beveridge, Justin Va'a, Fergus Thomson, Euan Murray, Andy Newman, Alastair Kellock (capt), Andrew Wilson, John Barclay, John Beattie. Substitutes: Dan Parks for Gregor (19), Dan Turner for Newman (28), Andrew Henderson for Lamont (32-39), Donnie Macfadyen for Barclay (40+1 - 44), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (half-time), Barclay for Wilson (45), Henderson for Barrow (47), Kevin Tkachuk for Vaa?"a (50), Scott Lawson for Thomson (62).Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland).Attendance: 6288