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August 23, 2003

Glasgow Warriors 22 - 19 Newcastle

Friendly match played at Hughenden on Friday August 22nd 2003 | No comments
A new Glasgow side handed their supporters the first tangible reason for optimism last night when they deservedly outgunned Zurich Premiership side Newcastle at Hughenden.

When Michael Stephenson, an exciting young England international, blitzed his way to a try just 14 minutes into the game the concern on the faces of a 2,000- plus home support was visible. But, with new skipper Cammy Mather providing a stirring lead, the pack matching the visitors' eight and the backs showing a real zip in attack, the hosts responded quickly.

Moving the ball wide, at pace, Glasgow were dangerous and their reward came after 23 minutes when a series of forward charges resulted in Calvin Howarth nipping through Newcastle's defensive line to score.

Despite pre-season rust, the hosts coped better with personnel changes and their ball retention improved, another slick attack ending with Alan Bulloch bursting through to touch down Calvin Howarth converted and then slotted a penalty to establish a 15- 5 half- time lead.

Newcastle opened the second half with Phil Godman, the Scotland under- 21 fly- half, on at 10, and he soon sparked the move which saw wing Alex Cadwallader break into the home 22 and off- loading to give Ben Gollings an easy run- in for a try, which he converted to cut the deficit to three points.

Jon Steel, a lively second half substitute, sealed the game with a well- taken try eight minutes from time. Howarth converted from the right touchline to enhance the positive feeling around Hughenden, which even a second converted try from Gollings could not erode.

Report by David Ferguson from The Scotsman.

Team
1
Euan Murray
2
Simon Gunn
3
Matt Proudfoot
4
Andy Hall
5
Nathan Ross
6
Cammy Mather
7
Donnie Macfadyen
8
Paul Dearlove
9
Sam Pinder
10
Calvin Howarth
11
Sean Lamont
12
Alan Bulloch
13
Graeme Morrison
14
Gareth Maclure
15
Stuart Moffat
Replacements
Glasgow used their full squad of players over the match.
Backs Alan Bulloch, Calvin Howarth, Sean Lamont, Gareth Maclure, David Millard, Stuart Moffat, Graeme Morrison, Joe Naufahu, Sam Pinder, Kenny Sinclair and Jon Steel.
Forwards Joe Beardshaw, Paul Dearlove, Simon Gunn, Andrew Hall, Andrew Kelly, Scott Lawson, Donnie Macfadyen, Cameron Mather, Rory McKay, Euan Murray, Matt Proudfoot, Roland Reid, Nathan Ross and Andrew Wilson.
Scorers
Calvin Howarth Try 
Alan Bulloch Try 
Calvin Howarth Conversion
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Jonathan Steel Try 
Calvin Howarth Conversion
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