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December 18, 2004

Glasgow Warriors 35 - 0 Connacht

Celtic League match played at Hughenden on Friday December 17th 2004 | 5 comments

T-bone capped a solid performance with his second try for Glasgow
Glasgow soared to victory in a convincing win over Connacht with tremendous individual performances and a superb overall team game.

Three Calvin Howarth penalties put Glasgow in control and Sean Lamont's try before the break extended the home team's half-time lead to 14-0.

Kevin Tkachuk ended any hope of a Connacht revival by scoring Glasgow's second try just after the break.

Lamont's second try and a Donnie Macfadyen try ensured a bonus point.

Before kick-off, the sides were level pegging in mid-table but Connacht never looked in the hunt in tricky conditions at a muddy Hughenden.

Glasgow made a rip-roaring start, pinning the province back in their own 22 - but they failed to turn heavy pressure into a significant early lead.

The Scots had to rely on the boot of stand-off Howarth to edge them in front as he found the target from an awkward angle on the right.

With Connacht still under the cosh, HCalvin repeated the feat to steady the Glasgow jitters which had been underlined by a spate of basic handling errors.

It took the Irishmen until almost midway through the half to force their way into enemy territory but they also were unable to make the most of their opening.

They earned a penalty 30 metres out, only for Paul Warwick's effort to drift past the far post.

There were alarm bells among the Connacht back-markers when Sean Lamont looked destined to latch onto his own chip with virtually a clear path to the line.

But the Test winger grimaced in disgust as he let the ball slip from his fingertips.

Glasgow stepped up the tempo as the break neared and Connacht suffered a three-pronged setback, with Sean back in the spotlight for the right reasons.

First, Calvin completed his penalty treble - then Warwick was sent to the sinbin for blocking a rival by lying on him after a tackle.

The home troops took immediate advantage of their extra man by sending Lamont in at the corner with a huge miss-pass by Howarth.

After half-time, Calvin embarked on the run which paved the way for Glasgow's second touchdown by Canadian World Cup prop Kevin Tkachuk.

Even better was to come for the Warriors when Sean Lamont collected his second score following a great run by Colin Shaw and Calvin again added the extras.

Donnie Macfadyen bagged the all-important fourth try, with substitute Dan Parks landing the kick to round off the rout.

Match report taken from BBC site.

Referee Steve Leyshon (England)
Attendance 1,423
Man of the Match Euan Murray (a choice that perhaps wasn't too popular with the SRU big wigs...)
Team
1
Kevin Tkachuk
2
Scott Lawson
3
Euan Murray
4
Andy Hall
5
Dan Turner
6
Andy Wilson
7
Donnie Macfadyen
8
Jon Petrie
9
Graeme Beveridge
10
Calvin Howarth
11
Rory Lamont
12
Andrew Henderson
13
Graeme Morrison
14
Sean Lamont
15
Colin Shaw
Sub
Gordon Bulloch
Sub
Andy Kelly
Sub
Joe Beardshaw
Sub
John Beattie
Sub
Sam Pinder
Sub
Dan Parks
Sub
Gareth Maclure
Match Substitutions
Off On
Scott Lawson Gordon Bulloch
Off On
Graeme Beveridge Sam Pinder
Off On
Calvin Howarth Dan Parks
Off On
Andy Hall Joe Beardshaw
Off On
Andy Wilson John Beattie
Off On
Euan Murray Andy Kelly
Off On
Graeme Morrison Gareth Maclure
Scorers
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Sean Lamont Try 
Kevin Tkachuk Try 
Calvin Howarth Conversion
Sean Lamont Try 
Calvin Howarth Conversion
Donnie Macfadyen Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Comments
Posted by Envy on December 18, 2004 03:28 AM | Reply to this comment

Thought Colin Shaw cemented his place at full back with a fine display. Also very impressed with Rory on the wing. Both he and his brother prove to be more than a handful to the opposition. Lawson MUST start as his pace is almost like having another back in the line. Beveridge also hugely impressive.

NOW IF ONLY HUGH WOULD LISTEN AND NOT CHANGE THE SQUAD FOR THE EDINBURGH CLASH THEN WE WILL HAVE SOMETHING GOOD BUILDING TOWARDS THE CELTIC CUP!

Posted by vicki on December 18, 2004 01:51 PM | Reply to this comment

Agree with you Envy about backs (inc Scotty!!!), but I think that Hugh Campbell has shown that he does want consistency in the team, by sticking with Calvin, Scott et al, and not automatically drafting all of the international players back in to positions where other guys have been impressive in their absence.

As you say, a repeat performance would set us up well for the second half of the season!

Posted by Seoras Alasdair MacLaumann on December 18, 2004 03:32 PM | Reply to this comment

After the recent results, I can only repeat the caption below the score at the end of play on this site, "Bloody hell!".

Well done players and coaches.

I have read comments in the Sunday sport pages praising the Glasgow attack; but the defence must have equally as good if not better according to the score.

I hope it continues.

Posted by Big G on December 21, 2004 08:40 AM | Reply to this comment

Shawzy is the best fb that Glasgow have it is criminal that he wasnt given a pro-contract, if he doesnt get one for next season then he will surely get picked up by someone else and Glasgow will let another talented youngster slip through their fingers.

Both Lamonts have power and pace, forget about rory kerr, he should be playing club rugby. Both Lamonts along with Shawzy are a potent strike force, they all have power and pace, if they get decent ball they will score tries, now if only Hugh Campbell could see what I can and picks these guys every week we might have a chance of staying high up in the league looking down on Edinburgh.

Posted by John Kennedy on December 21, 2004 07:30 PM | Reply to this comment

You don't seem able to compliment a good player or performance without slagging someone else off in the very next sentence. But don't worry, I'm sure Hugh will be grateful for your advice. After all, we wouldn't be in the top four of the CL at the moment if weren't for these pearls of wisdom.....

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