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January 22, 2005

Gwent Dragons 21 - 16 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Rodney Parade (Newport) on Saturday January 22nd 2005 | 5 comments

Dan scored a drop goal, and also secured the bonus point with a late penalty for Glasgow
Glasgow fought to the end of the match against Newport Gwent Dragons, with Dan Parks slotting a penalty in added time to earn the all-important bonus point.

The battle between the fourth and fifth-placed teams was always close in terms of territory and possession, but higher-placed Newport had more of a cutting edge in difficult, wet conditions.

Glasgow drove on through their pack, who won good lineout ball and put pressure on the Dragons in the scrum, but found the home defence too strong.

Recalled Wales squad lock Ian Gough had another big game for the Dragons and hooker Steve Jones was a livewire.

The Dragons took the lead after 15 minutes when Gough won a lineout and drove to the line before releasing the ball for outside-half Ceri Sweeney to cut through to score and convert.

Eight minutes later South African full-back Percy Montgomery returned a weak free-kick to touch by Glasgow outside-half Dan Parks to the Glasgow line. Newport won the lineout and drove prop Chris Anthony over for Sweeney to convert.

In the 26th minute Parks reduced the deficit with a penalty and the Dragons were caught offside in their 22 and inside a minute of the restart had added a dropped goal.

There continued to be little between the sides with many errors in the difficult conditions, but the Dragons' superior three-quarters kept them in front.

In the 53rd minute Wales international Hal Luscombe broke clean through the centre and put Montgomery over for a try, Sweeney again converting.

But Glasgow were finally rewarded for their effort in the 75th minute when Canadian prop Kevin Tkachuk was driven over for a try which Parks converted.

Parks added a late penalty to earn his side a deserved bonus point.

Referee Colin Stanley (Ireland)
Attendance 4072
Man of the Match Cammy Mather stood out, as did his back row colleagues, Paul Dearlove and Steve Swindall
Kevin Tkachuk
Gordon Bulloch
Andy Kelly
Joe Beardshaw
Dan Turner
Steve Swindall
Cammy Mather
Paul Dearlove
Graeme Beveridge
Dan Parks
Rory Lamont
Andrew Henderson
Andy Craig
Dave Millard
Kenny Logan
Scott Lawson
Ben Prescott
Andy Hall
Jonathan van der Schyff
Alasdhair MacFarlane
Graeme Morrison
Colin Shaw
Match Substitutions
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Paul Dearlove Jonathan van der Schyff
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Jonathan van der Schyff Paul Dearlove
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Dan Turner Andy Hall
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Gordon Bulloch Scott Lawson
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Dave Millard Colin Shaw
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Andrew Henderson Graeme Morrison
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Andy Kelly Ben Prescott
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Drop
Kevin Tkachuck Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Posted by Neal Parks on January 22, 2005 11:13 PM | Reply to this comment

Looks like the men put in another stout effort, but came away winless. I'd like to see the coach adopting a few of Jack Gibson's coaching techniques. Jack could take a bottom placed team to win a premiership just by sticking to the basics.

Posted by Alan on January 22, 2005 11:49 PM | Reply to this comment

Hey, we're not at the bottom!.. and there were all the injuries (not making excuses) Well played Glasgow!

Posted by alan haggerty on January 23, 2005 12:12 AM | Reply to this comment

good game,miserable conditions, lot better performance in the second half. Thought we might even just nick it at end.
Kenny was a lot better when he went back onto the wing. Graeme had a good game at scrum half and Dan was impressive at 10 but man of the match on our side had to be Cammy.

Posted by hendo on January 23, 2005 02:05 AM | Reply to this comment

I think the last home game showed, for the first time, in a long while, unfortunately, that 'the big Camster' is back to the form he showed when he arrived from Leeds. We've missed his ability and his 'leading by example' style of rugby, through no fault of his own, excepting injury and no disrespect to others.
Just wish the proverbial bickering and self-important -"or is it self-impotent"- infighting would give way and let 'the whole' improve -as it undoubtably would- with direct, uninterrupted management that the pro-sides obviously need, AND ALREADY HAVE, that blinkered interference, does not allow!
Love Firhill, but removes the atmosphere of the terrace that Hughenden allows, never experienced Scotstoun because of the same doubts i have about going now- what atmosphere?????

Posted by vicki on January 23, 2005 07:25 PM | Reply to this comment

Following a game on Ceefax has to be the most frustrating way to support a team ever!!!! Disappointed that we didn't move back into top 4, but at least they got the bonus point - and prevented the Dragons from getting their bonus point too!

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