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May 08, 2004

Edinburgh 19 - 17 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Meadowbank on Friday May 7th 2004 | 2 comments

Hugh Campbell was disappointed with Glasgow's performance
The drama of the final five minutes of a previously dismal match ensured the Meadowbank crowd ended their season in fine voice.

The hosts trailed for the whole match, before snatching victory with a last flourish in which the forwards made their strength tell against 13-man Glasgow.

The visitors wanted a win to seal their return to the Heineken Cup, but the bonus point they gained for finishing within seven points, and the Borders’ heavy defeat in Wales, combined to open up a five-point gap, and with Glasgow holding a far better points differential that will be enough.

Hugh Campbell, the Glasgow coach, said: "I’m not pleased the Borders lost, because that’s not good for Scottish rugby, but the key objective was to qualify for the Heineken Cup and there is something to build on next season.

"I think it was a very poor performance tonight from both teams. There was a huge amount of effort, but the quality of rugby just wasn’t there although the conditions made it difficult for the expansive rugby we both want to play."

With both sides rattling up an incredible error count and struggling to find continuity, there were few periods of excitement, the first coming with 12 minutes of the first half remaining and ending with Sam Pinder scoring the first try.

Ironically, it came after the Glasgow scrum-half’s series of shocking passes had rolled his side back 50 metres without losing possession, but he made amends when he nipped through a gap in the home defence 15 metres out and in behind the posts to make Parks’ conversion easy.

Edinburgh responded with a determined burst into the Glasgow half, and when Donnie Macfadyen was penalised at a ruck Warnock drilled the penalty kick to the corner flag. The lineout was taken in and No 8 Andy Dall finished.

Warnock missed the conversion and then a penalty to leave the visitors 7-5 ahead at the break. Parks kept the scoreboard turning with a penalty and though Edinburgh did seem to have more confidence and composure in attack, their inability to retain possession saw them struggle to threaten.

Simon Webster, under pressure, threw a wild pass infield to Parks, who ran in for the try before converting the gift.

Edinburgh finally fired themselves up, Tom Philip exploded through the Glasgow defence on the 22 and, found Marcus Di Rollo, who dived in under the posts, allowing Warnock an easy conversion.

Todd Blackadder retired from the fray with a knee injury - while Glasgow lost Sean Lamont and Joe Beardshaw to the sin-bin as the game drew to its dramatic close, with Joel Brannigan scoring a minute after coming on and Warnock slotting a fine conversion from the right touchline.

Report by David Ferguson of The Scotsman

Referee N.Owens(Wal)
Attendance
Man of the Match Dan Parks
Team
1
Ben Prescott
2
Scott Lawson
3
Matt Proudfoot
4
Joe Beardshaw
5
Andy Hall
6
Paul Dearlove
7
Donnie Macfadyen
8
Jon Petrie
9
Sam Pinder
10
Dan Parks
11
Sean Lamont
12
Andrew Henderson
13
Graeme Morrison
14
Glenn Metcalfe
15
Stuart Moffat
Sub
Gordon Bulloch
Sub
Eric Milligan
Sub
Roly Reid
Sub
Rory Mackay
Sub
Graeme Beveridge
Sub
Calvin Howarth
Sub
Dave Millard
Match Substitutions
Off On
Scott Lawson Gordon Bulloch
Off On
Ben Prescott Eric Milligan
Off On
Matt Proudfoot Ben Prescott
Off On
Sam Pinder Graeme Beveridge
Off On
Paul Dearlove Roly Reid
Off On
Andy Hall Rory Mackay
Off On
Jon Petrie Dave Millard
Scorers
Sam Pinder Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Comments
Posted by Don on May 8, 2004 01:37 PM | Reply to this comment

Hugh Campbell should be replaced by Peter Wright at the end of the season.

Posted by Seoras Alasdair MacLaumann on May 13, 2004 11:17 PM | Reply to this comment

Don,

Hugh Campbell has done a good job with Glasgow. Are you suggesting that Glasgow Hawks should be the pro-team?

The Hawks versus DHSFP game showed how well the latter are as a club team; that has been under estimated by the media!

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