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May 01, 2004

Llanelli Scarlets 36 - 26 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Racecourse Ground (Wrexham) on Saturday May 1st 2004 | 6 comments

Glenn Metcalfe made a big impact when he came on early in the game
Glasgow came away with a point from Wrexham, but their play was worthy of so much more.

Scarlets climbed to the Celtic League summit after a bonus-point win over Glasgow at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.

Tries from Chris Wyatt, David Hodges and one in each half from Dwayne Peel saw the Scarlets home and sent them a point clear of Ulster at the top.

But the home side were made to work hard for the points as Glasgow grabbed a bonus point with four tries.

Sean Lamont, Sam Pinder, Andrew Henderson and David Millard crossed, with Daniel Parks kicking six points.

Stephen Jones, trying to put thoughts of a possible move to Leicester to the back of his mind, kicked a second minute penalty to open the scoring.

And the first try soon followed when Wyatt dived over under the posts after charging onto quick ball from five metres out. Jones made no mistake from the easy conversion.

But the visitors were prepared to spin the ball wide in the perfect playing conditions and fully deserved their score when Lamont scored after 15 minutes.

The tall winger started the move with a piercing run from the halfway line and was in the right place to collect Pinder's pass after the forwards had set-up a perfect platform.

Parks converted, only to then miss a 24th minute penalty which would have put Glasgow level.

But there was no respite for the Scarlets as scrum-half Pinder scored his side's second try almost immediately.

The Kiwi fooled the Scarlets defence with a dummy after bursting to the blind-side from the base of a ruck some 10 metres out. Parks converted.

To their credit, the Scarlets found the perfect response to regain the lead when a series of midfield surges created an overlap for Hodges to score in the right corner.

Jones missed the conversion, but the Scarlets went into the interval 18-14 ahead.

The second-half started as did the first with a Jones penalty and a Scarlets try in the opening 10 minutes.

Scott Quinnell's introduction off the bench gave the Scarlets extra beef in the pack, and that strength told as the visitors' scrum was forced backwards and Peel crossed after an initial Hodges surge.

But Glasgow refused to lie down, and hit back immediately with their third try when centre Andrew Anderson finished off another flowing move.

Parks' conversion brought his team to within seven points.

Hodges knocked-on when destined to score after another powerful scrum a few yards from the Glasgow tryline, but Peel soon made up for the disappointment with a try from a quick tap penalty.

Jones missed the conversion, and that was his last contribution as Gareth Bowen replaced him at fly-half.

And Bowen soon got his name of the scoresheet when he landed a penalty six minutes from time.

But there was still time for Glasgow to claim a deserved bonus point when Millard raced clear and gave the Scarlets plenty of food for thought as the race for the championship goes down to the wire.

Report BBC Sport

Referee D.Courtney(Ire)
Attendance 5,422
Man of the Match Glenn Metcalfe
Andrew Kelly
Scott Lawson
Matt Proudfoot
Joe Beardshaw
Andy Hall
Andy Wilson
Donnie Macfadyen
Paul Dearlove
Sam Pinder
Dan Parks
Sean Lamont
Andrew Henderson
Dave Millard
Rory Kerr
Stuart Moffat
Simon Gunn
Ben Prescott
Roly Reid
Rory Mackay
Graeme Beveridge
Calvin Howarth
Glenn Metcalfe
Match Substitutions
Off On
Rory Kerr Glenn Metcalfe
Off On
Matt Proudfoot Ben Prescott
Off On
Andy Wilson Roly Reid
Off On
Andy Kelly Matt Proudfoot
Off On
Joe Beardshaw Rory Mackay
Off On
Sam Pinder Graeme Beveridge
Off On
Andrew Henderson Calvin Howarth
Sean Lamont Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Sam Pinder Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Andy Henderson Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dave Millard Try 
Posted by Seoras Alasdair MacLaumann on May 1, 2004 07:44 PM | Reply to this comment

Hard luck Glasgow against Llanelli.

You certainly impressed the Welsh commentators. Although I never heard the full commentary, the 'wireless-announcers' were very excited about you making it tough for the 'champions', in very good conditions.

Seems to have pleased the spectators as well, a who, apparently, were expecting something less.

Congratulations on the well deserved bonus. I am looking forward to 'Scotsport' tomorrow.

Posted by Robbie on May 1, 2004 09:06 PM | Reply to this comment

Saw Glasgow on S4C. Two things were obvious other than a decent performance:

1) We shot ourselves in the foot too many times.

2) Donal Courtney is the new David McHugh ie he's blind, he makes up stuff as he goes along (A Hall's sinbinning) and he tries to stamp his authority on the game too much, similar to Ian Ramage from Berwick.

Posted by Robbie on May 1, 2004 09:10 PM | Reply to this comment

Sean's try was great, a great break down the wing and strength to finish off.

Posted by Doug on May 2, 2004 09:29 AM | Reply to this comment

You can get subtitles on the Welsh commentators. Even they said the Ref was one-sided!. Much better performance overall - hard work for 1 point. Pinder and McFadyen outstanding. Lineout struggled a bit when Beardshaw went off. I would have liked to have seen Chris Wyatt with 'blood and snotters' later in the game.

Posted by Carys (Scarlet Girl) on May 2, 2004 11:27 AM | Reply to this comment

Just wanted to say it was nice to meet you all yesterday and it was a good game. If you want to see the pictures some of the Llanelli fans took you can go to and there are a couple there for you to see. Thanks xx

Posted by Seoras Alasdair MacLaumann on May 2, 2004 03:04 PM | Reply to this comment

Yes Glasgow, I've just watched 'Scotsport' and it looked a cracker of a game. If this robust form is maintained you should beat Edinburgh. Excellent try by 'Blondie 'La Mont'. You must be Iain Morrison's 'Shaun' in today's SoS!

I disagreed with the commentators on Scotsport about the 'handbagging' incident. Courtney should not have sin-binned the Glasgow player for going over the top if he was considering the flow of the game, as in the hand-bagging incident above.

Yes, guys a good to watch game.

On the same Scotsport what happened to young Blackadder?

And well played DHSFP with congrats to Glasgow Hawks.

A feel-good Rugby weekend!

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