Another European Half-Century For Glasgow

Glasgow Warriors 51, Narbonne 7Glasgow ran up another Hughenden half-century this evening. In two successive European Challenge Cup matches, though more than a month apart, Warriors have scored no fewer than 120 points a?" 69-7 against Gran Parma, 51-7 against Narbonne.It was Narbonnea?'s heaviest defeat in 12 years of European rugby, and that was no mean feat for Glasgow considering the victims were one-time Goliaths of French club rugby. Fallen Narbonne may have done, but it is a worthy credit point on Warriorsa?" European record to have dealt so severely with one of the French Top 14 by scoring half a dozen tries.Next weeka?'s return match on the Mediterranean coast may well be a totally different game, but even at the halfway point in the pool stage of the competition Glasgow have now done more than enough to state a strong case for qualifying for the knock-out rounds. Those two huge wins at Hughenden followed a narrow defeat away to Saracens, and even now that London cluba?'s visit to Glasgow next month has the look of a qualifying decider.Tonighta?'s first quarter gave no clue of what was to come in the following hour. It was mainly a sparring session a?" strangers meeting in the night and working out what the other was about. But even then Dan Parksa?'s long kicks were indicating that Glasgow were determined to play the game in Narbonne territory.Glasgowa?'s first chance of a score came from a series of three penalty lineouts in Narbonnea?'s right corner. Nothing came of that sequence. Nor could Narbonne benefit from Tinus van Rensburga?'s thrust into the home 22 and Benjamin Beauxa?'s back-up.By half-time, though, Glasgow led by 20-0 with tries by Andrew Henderson and Rory Lamont and four goals by Parks. The four other tries were packed into a hectic phase of less than 20 minutes midway in the second half. The scorers were Kevin Tkachuk, Graeme Beveridge, Scott Barrow, and Thom Evans. Parks, with a 100% strike-rate, raised his tally to 19 points with five conversions and three penalty goals. Colin Gregor converted the last try.Moray Low might well have been among the try-scorers, celebrating his European debut, if he had not knocked on close to the Narbonne line after Andrew Wilsona?'s powerful surge from exploiting the oppositiona?'s loose lineout ball. But Lowa?'s value in the loose was soon effective when he supported Lamonta?'s stirring run past half a dozen bemused opponents. The young prop set up the platform from which swift crossfield transfers and Hefin Oa?"Harea?'s final flipped pass created Hendersona?'s opening try, adding to the first Parks penalty goal.More important, Low played a significant role in his set-piece place at tight head. He appears to be one who is not fazed by older, more experienced props, and that attitude can be added his undoubtedly well structured technique.Another Parks penalty goal edged Glasgow up to 13-0 in 36 minutes, and off the last move of the first half, five minutes into added time, Barrowa?'s long pass sent Lamont in on the right. Barrow, with Wilsona?'s support, also set up the position for the next score, a third penalty goal by Parks three minutes into the second half.But it was only during Jean-Maria Bisaroa?'s 10 minutes in the sin-bin that Warriors began to fire their four-try salvo. In the Narbonne captaina?'s absence Tkachuk and Beveridge scored their tries.Lamont laid the ground for the propa?'s try with a break almost to the goal-line. There Tkachuk rocketed on to receive the ball at full speed before executing the propa?'s version of a pirouette out of a tackle to score. Similarly, though farther out, Scott Lawson at pace latched on to a Parks pass to open the way for Beveridgea?'s score, the bonus-point try.Only then, with the hour passing, did Narbonne find a way through what for much of the night had been sterling defence. Van Rensburga?'s try and Thomas Bouquiea?'s conversion were to be the visitorsa?" only consolations as Glasgow were soon back in charge as Parks chipped through for Barrow to chase and score.Finally, Parksa?'s replacement, Gregor, fielding a loose clearance, sent Evans away on a pacy, weaving run for the sixth try. Gregor kicked the goal, the half-century was on the board again, and the crowd made more than enough noise to belie their numbers of less than 1500. That figure was the one disappointment of the evening.Glasgow Warriors a?" Rory Lamont; Hefin O'Hare, Andrew Henderson, Scott Barrow, Thom Evans; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Justin Va'a, Scott Lawson, Moray Low, Andy Newman, Alastair Kellock (captain), Andrew Wilson, John Barclay, Jon Petrie. Substitutes a?" Kevin Tkachuk for Vaa?"a (50 minutes), Dan Turner for Newman (50), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (66), Steve Swindall for Wilson (66), Sean Marsden for Oa?"Hare (66), James Eddie for Barclay (70), Colin Gregor for Parks (70).Tries, Henderson, Lamont, Tkachuk, Beveridge, Barrow, Evans; conversions, Parks (5), Gregor; penalty goals, Parks (3).Narbonne a?" Thomas Bouquie; Adrien Plante, Vincent Noutary, Tinus Van Rensburg, Julien Candelon; Cedric Rosalen, Julien Seron; Renaud Palomera, Fabien Rofes, Jason Hooper, Ludo Michaux, Henk Eksteen, Benjamin Beaux, Jean Marie Bisaro (captain), Lei Tomiki. Substitutes a?" Luc Ducalon for Hooper (43), Nicolas Nadau for Rosalen (20), Dwayne Haare for Tomiki (56), Arnaud Martinez for Palomera (58), Lionel Mazars for Plante (60).Try, van Rensburg; conversion, Bouquie.Referee a?" Carlo Damasco (Italy).Man of the match a?" Rory Lamont.Attendance a?" 1431.Glasgow Warriors 51, Narbonne 7Glasgow ran up another Hughenden half-century this evening. In two successive European Challenge Cup matches, though more than a month apart, Warriors have scored no fewer than 120 points a?" 69-7 against Gran Parma, 51-7 against Narbonne.It was Narbonnea?'s heaviest defeat in 12 years of European rugby, and that was no mean feat for Glasgow considering the victims were one-time Goliaths of French club rugby. Fallen Narbonne may have done, but it is a worthy credit point on Warriorsa?" European record to have dealt so severely with one of the French Top 14 by scoring half a dozen tries.Next weeka?'s return match on the Mediterranean coast may well be a totally different game, but even at the halfway point in the pool stage of the competition Glasgow have now done more than enough to state a strong case for qualifying for the knock-out rounds. Those two huge wins at Hughenden followed a narrow defeat away to Saracens, and even now that London cluba?'s visit to Glasgow next month has the look of a qualifying decider.Tonighta?'s first quarter gave no clue of what was to come in the following hour. It was mainly a sparring session a?" strangers meeting in the night and working out what the other was about. But even then Dan Parksa?'s long kicks were indicating that Glasgow were determined to play the game in Narbonne territory.Glasgowa?'s first chance of a score came from a series of three penalty lineouts in Narbonnea?'s right corner. Nothing came of that sequence. Nor could Narbonne benefit from Tinus van Rensburga?'s thrust into the home 22 and Benjamin Beauxa?'s back-up.By half-time, though, Glasgow led by 20-0 with tries by Andrew Henderson and Rory Lamont and four goals by Parks. The four other tries were packed into a hectic phase of less than 20 minutes midway in the second half. The scorers were Kevin Tkachuk, Graeme Beveridge, Scott Barrow, and Thom Evans. Parks, with a 100% strike-rate, raised his tally to 19 points with five conversions and three penalty goals. Colin Gregor converted the last try.Moray Low might well have been among the try-scorers, celebrating his European debut, if he had not knocked on close to the Narbonne line after Andrew Wilsona?'s powerful surge from exploiting the oppositiona?'s loose lineout ball. But Lowa?'s value in the loose was soon effective when he supported Lamonta?'s stirring run past half a dozen bemused opponents. The young prop set up the platform from which swift crossfield transfers and Hefin Oa?"Harea?'s final flipped pass created Hendersona?'s opening try, adding to the first Parks penalty goal.More important, Low played a significant role in his set-piece place at tight head. He appears to be one who is not fazed by older, more experienced props, and that attitude can be added his undoubtedly well structured technique.Another Parks penalty goal edged Glasgow up to 13-0 in 36 minutes, and off the last move of the first half, five minutes into added time, Barrowa?'s long pass sent Lamont in on the right. Barrow, with Wilsona?'s support, also set up the position for the next score, a third penalty goal by Parks three minutes into the second half.But it was only during Jean-Maria Bisaroa?'s 10 minutes in the sin-bin that Warriors began to fire their four-try salvo. In the Narbonne captaina?'s absence Tkachuk and Beveridge scored their tries.Lamont laid the ground for the propa?'s try with a break almost to the goal-line. There Tkachuk rocketed on to receive the ball at full speed before executing the propa?'s version of a pirouette out of a tackle to score. Similarly, though farther out, Scott Lawson at pace latched on to a Parks pass to open the way for Beveridgea?'s score, the bonus-point try.Only then, with the hour passing, did Narbonne find a way through what for much of the night had been sterling defence. Van Rensburga?'s try and Thomas Bouquiea?'s conversion were to be the visitorsa?" only consolations as Glasgow were soon back in charge as Parks chipped through for Barrow to chase and score.Finally, Parksa?'s replacement, Gregor, fielding a loose clearance, sent Evans away on a pacy, weaving run for the sixth try. Gregor kicked the goal, the half-century was on the board again, and the crowd made more than enough noise to belie their numbers of less than 1500. That figure was the one disappointment of the evening.Glasgow Warriors a?" Rory Lamont; Hefin O'Hare, Andrew Henderson, Scott Barrow, Thom Evans; Dan Parks, Graeme Beveridge; Justin Va'a, Scott Lawson, Moray Low, Andy Newman, Alastair Kellock (captain), Andrew Wilson, John Barclay, Jon Petrie. Substitutes a?" Kevin Tkachuk for Vaa?"a (50 minutes), Dan Turner for Newman (50), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (66), Steve Swindall for Wilson (66), Sean Marsden for Oa?"Hare (66), James Eddie for Barclay (70), Colin Gregor for Parks (70).Tries, Henderson, Lamont, Tkachuk, Beveridge, Barrow, Evans; conversions, Parks (5), Gregor; penalty goals, Parks (3).Narbonne a?" Thomas Bouquie; Adrien Plante, Vincent Noutary, Tinus Van Rensburg, Julien Candelon; Cedric Rosalen, Julien Seron; Renaud Palomera, Fabien Rofes, Jason Hooper, Ludo Michaux, Henk Eksteen, Benjamin Beaux, Jean Marie Bisaro (captain), Lei Tomiki. Substitutes a?" Luc Ducalon for Hooper (43), Nicolas Nadau for Rosalen (20), Dwayne Haare for Tomiki (56), Arnaud Martinez for Palomera (58), Lionel Mazars for Plante (60).Try, van Rensburg; conversion, Bouquie.Referee a?" Carlo Damasco (Italy).Man of the match a?" Rory Lamont.Attendance a?" 1431.