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November 05, 2004

Glasgow Warriors 36 - 22 The Borders

Celtic League match played at Hughenden on Friday November 5th 2004 | 3 comments

Calvin Howarth put in a record-breaking performance
Kenny Logan scored his first try on home turf for Glasgow last night to inflict more Celtic League misery on the Borders, who remain stuck at the foot of the table.

With the match still in the balance, the former Scotland winger finished off a sparkling move by diving over in the corner.

Despite international call-ups reducing this to something approaching a club game, it was end-to-end stuff with both sides playing some very decent rugby and several second-string players using the opportunity to make a name for themselves.

Glasgow’s Calvin Howarth made a fine early break in midfield, putting pressure on the visiting defence and eventually forcing them offside. Howarth was happy to kick the penalty and he did much the same again less than five minutes later, Borders again infringing as they tried to slow down a break from the Glasgow stand-off.

The Borders hardly touched the ball for the first ten minutes, but when they did they swept upfield, won a penalty of their own and took the lineout in the corner option. The catch and drive worked neatly, driving Steve Scott over for the try.

Although Glasgow could not find a try, their lead from two more Howarth penalties was a fair reflection of the game. Charlie Hore got one penalty back for the Borders. At the other end, an over-the-top pass to Logan left the captain for the night just too much to do, leaving the half-time score 12-8.

After the restart, Sam Pinder squeezed into the corner, but the arrival of Wayne McEntee on the Borders flank moments later stiffened the Borders attack to such an extent that they were able to reply with a fine converted try out wide from Iain Berthinussen, some slick long passes outflanking the defence.

With just two points in it and 20 minutes left, Howarth chose that moment to lose his 100 per cent penalty record, missing a medium-range chance. But he made amends a few minutes later when McEntee was yellow-carded for a high tackle. Glasgow tightened their grip and a terrific break from full-back Rory Lamont, taken on by Andrew Wilson, brought a huge overlap on the left which Logan gratefully accepted.

Although a massive conversion from Howarth looked to open up a real gap, Borders stung back quickly. A fumble from the kick-off led to a scrum and Mark Blair charged over on the blind side to keep his side in the hunt. But when Steve Scott was also yellow-carded with five minutes to go, and Howarth landed his seventh penalty of the night, it was all over bar a further penalty for Howarth.

Report from The Scotsman

Referee A McKay (IRFU)
Attendance 1,765
Man of the Match Calvin Howarth
Team
1
Andy Kelly
2
Scott Lawson
3
Euan Murray
4
Andy Hall
5
Dan Turner
6
Steve Swindall
7
Andy Wilson
8
John Beattie
9
Sam Pinder
10
Calvin Howarth
11
Kenny Logan
12
Gareth Maclure
13
Dave Millard
14
Rory Kerr
15
Rory Lamont
Match Substitutions
Off On
Sam Pinder Graeme Beveridge
Off On
Steve Swindall John Barclay
Off On
John Beattie Joe Beardshaw
Off On
Dave Millard Colin Gregor
Off On
Scott Lawson Fergus Thomson
Off On
Euan Murray Eric Milligan
Scorers
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Sam Pinder Try 
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Kenny Logan Try 
Calvin Howarth Conversion
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Comments
Posted by vicki on November 8, 2004 08:52 PM | Reply to this comment

Excellent performance from Glasgow at the weekend! Could prove to be an important game to have won, and it was particularly good to see the team succeed without eleven of their regular players!
Well done - and good luck for next Saturday!

Posted by Gordon on November 8, 2004 09:10 PM | Reply to this comment

Some great performances. Rory Lamont looked the part, and increased confusion as to why he's not in Heineken squad. Calvin H and Sam P did well. Steve Swindall gets better every time I see him play. Thought Scott Lawson did well and the pack was very abrasive.

Good to see so many young players taking their chance to impress.

Posted by Ashleigh on November 9, 2004 11:03 AM | Reply to this comment

Agree about Rory Lamont, he stepped up to the mark no problem on Friday night, impressed. I remember thinking at the time his absense in the Heineken Cup Squad was surprising and unfair on the player. Looking forward to seeing more of Rory in the coming weeks.

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