October 17, 2004
Glasgow Warriors 34 - 20 Ulster
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Hughenden on Saturday October 16th 2004 | 8 comments
Dan Parks was on fire for Glasgow (Photo by Jen Thomson) Glasgow fly-half Dan Parks led the way as the Scots convincingly beat Ulster 34-20 in the Celtic League match at Hughenden on Saturday.
Parks ran in a brace of tries weighing in with a personal haul of 24 points to add further misery to Ulster's faltering campaign.
Yet it was Ulster who started brightest when Keiran Campbell's darting run from half-way helped them grab the initiative.
In the ensuing pressure Glasgow captain Jon Petrie was sin-binned for a deliberate infringement, and David Humphreys rubbed salt in the wound by slotting the penalty.
But five minutes later it was the home fans who were celebrating the first try of the night.
Parks made the decisive break from half-way, and when the ball was recycled powerhouse prop Kevin Tkachuk plunged over to give the Australian an easy conversion.
But Glasgow went to sleep on the restart and allowed the visitors to reclaim the lead within seconds.
Tyrone Howe provided the finishing touch from a Kevin Maggs pass before Humphreys added the conversion.
The Scots then had to withstand intense pressure as Ulster went in for the kill, but superb tackling kept the visitors out.
Glasgow were handed a massive advantage when first Simon Best was sin-binned for throwing a punch and then Mark McCullough followed to reduce the visitors to 13 men.
The numerical advantage paid dividends as the Hughenden men instantly reclaimed the lead.
They first won good scrum possession, then stretched the Ulster defence with a string of slick passes which created the opening for centre Graeme Morrison to touch down near the posts. Parks again slotted the penalty.
The fly-half then opened up a seven-point gap 10 minutes after the break when he thumped over a 40-metre penalty.
It got even better for Glasgow when Parks sold Humphreys a cheeky dummy to nip in under the posts and convert.
The visitors stayed in touch through a Humphreys penalty which sparked a further period of pressure from Ulster.
But Parks put the issue beyond doubt with his second converted try, and Ulster could respond only with a final Humphreys penalty.
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It doesn't surprise me to read that Danno Parkes has a great day out. He's done it consistently in the Sydney rugby comp and junior rep games. A bloke who broke the all time point single competition scoring record in Sydney, which will never be broken, has class written all over him with a capital 'C'. Given the freedom of using the natural flair he has, it's a case of sitting back and watch the magic happen.
I have to agree though inconsistent last season he has the mark of a great player - self belief that he is going to be a great player. Now that his tackling is improving he is going to command the number 10 jersey for glasgow and country for a long time
The only downside to last night was the inability of Glasgow to collect restarts. It is the only time we lose trys is when fielding restarts after scoring. It cost us a victory last week and spoiled what could of been a thumping last night. So please forwards this week go and ask Rory Kerr for lessons on how to field a high kick.
Well said! The same thing happened last week, but thankfully it didn't cost us the match yesterday... Good to see Rory come back into fantastic form too!
Great team effort. Very impressed with Jon Petrie - leading from the front and really growing into his role as skipper.
Watched the game on Sky (Free Satanta for some reason). Parks did pretty well, but was pleased to see Euan Murray and Scott Lawson getting a chance.
is that kevin Tkachuks first try for glasgow?
Yeah, Kevin's first try for Glasgow
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