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September 24, 2004

Glasgow Warriors 29 - 38 Gwent Dragons

Celtic League match played at Hughenden on Friday September 24th 2004 | 2 comments

Paul Dearlove scored an excellent support try but was stretchered off later in the match
After back-to-back wins over the Celtic League's other Scottish sides, Glasgow were caught out at home as the Dragons came up with a late flurry of points.

Jamie Ringer, Kevin Morgan, Rod Snow and Gareth Cooper ran in tries for the battling Welsh visitors.

Paul Dearlove and Donny Macfadyen were the Glasgow try-scorers, while the rest of the home side's points came from the in-form boot of Dan Parks.

Sione Tuipolutu's late drop-goal denied Glasgow a consolation bonus point.

The Dragons broke the deadlock with a simple penalty by stand-off Ceri Sweeney for offside.

His strike acted as a wake-up call to Glasgow, who stormed up field to seize the initiative with a superb touchdown by flanker Dearlove.

He was involved in the early stages of the move by latching onto a huge miss pass from Andy Henderson.

Sean Lamont then battled his way through four markers before Dearlove ploughed over with three defenders clinging to him.

The conversion was from the widest possible angle, but Parks made it look so easy.

The home side were then punished for dropping their guard. First, Sweeney landed a long-range penalty for obstruction.

Then back-row man Ringer wrong-footed full-back Scott Barrow to dart over for the Dragons' first try.

Glasgow's response was quick and positive with Barrow acting as the link between Henderson and Macfadyen, who was left with a clear scuttle to the line.

Parks slotted the extra points - then banged over a penalty from in front.

However, another moment of slackness at the back handed the visitors a gift of a second try with Kevin Morgan being permitted to run in from almost halfway. Sweeney clipped over the goal to earn the lead once again.

Soon after the Dargons' Canadian Snow was driven over by his pack, Sweeney adding the extras.

Parks was wide of the mark with a penalty, but the home fans were smiling again when he thumped over his next attempt.

The frantic end-to-end action continued after the break with Parks claiming his third penalty for a high tackle - and he repeated the dose to snatch back the lead for Glasgow.

He was on target again as the Dragons began to lose their discipline - but the game was back in the melting pot when Gareth Cooper sneaked over in the corner for their fourth touchdown.

Sweeney converted - then added a penalty to seal Glasgow's fate.

In the closing stages a drop-goal from Tuipolutu denied the home team a consolation bonus point.

From the BBC. More to follow later.

Referee A McKay (Ireland)
Man of the Match Donnie Macfadyen
Kevin Tkachuk
Gordon Bulloch
Lee Harrison
Andy Hall
Dan Turner
Paul Dearlove
Donnie Macfadyen
Jon Petrie
Sam Pinder
Dan Parks
Sean Lamont
Andrew Henderson
Graeme Morrison
Rory Kerr
Scott Barrow
Scott Lawson
Andy Kelly
John Beattie
Andy Wilson
Graeme Beveridge
Calvin Howarth
Kenny Logan
Match Substitutions
Off On
Andy Hall Andy Wilson
Off On
Paul Dearlove John Beattie
Off On
Sam Pinder Graeme Beveridge
Off On
Gordon Bulloch Scott Lawson
Off On
Lee Harrison Andy Kelly
Paul Dearlove Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Donnie Macfadyan Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Posted by JK on September 25, 2004 09:12 PM | Reply to this comment

Heard a report that Paul Dearlove had broken his leg. Terrible luck if it's right - he was having a great game. Good luck to him - hope he makes a speedy receovery.

Posted by Julian on September 26, 2004 12:20 AM | Reply to this comment

True, according to the team doc. Bad news for both Paul & the team. Speedy recovery please!

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