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August 21, 2005

Glasgow Warriors 55 - 7 Earth Titans

Friendly match played at Hughenden on Saturday August 20th 2005 | One comment

Kevin Tkachuk went over for one of Glasgow's seven tries
Glasgow Warriors finally won this pre-season friendly 55-7, but they were made to work hard against a stuffy Rotherham side who never stopped trying.

However, the victory came at a cost as Glasgow flanker Steve Swindall was forced to leave the field with a very nasty injury to one of his fingers. Steve had put in an impressive performance until that point and it's clear that he's put in a power of work over the summer in his physical development. He fractured the fourth finger of his right hand, an injury that will keep him out of the Celtic League for several weeks, but hopefully, he'll have a speedy recovery and be back in action soon.

As with the game against Ayr last Monday, the match was played in four 20-minute quarters, which does give the coaches a chance to switch formations and try variations, but does give the play an unreal feel. It's reported that Rotherham wished to play the game over the normal two 40-minute halves, and itisn't dificult to sympathise with that position. "It was not a proper match situation but we were happy with the way the team performed for the first sixty minutes," said Andre Bester. "We went their prepared for a proper match situation but that didn't happen."

"We tried to forced the game too early," was how Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, summed up the way the contest went against the English first-division club. "But we had too much power. Physically, we were much stronger, and we defended better than them. In summary, he commented: "I'm very pleased with how we're progressing."

Glasgow's tries came from Kevin Tkachuk, Rory Lamont, Andy Henderson (2), Andy Craig, Graeme Beveridge and Fergus Thomson. Dan Parks and Calvin Howarth weighed in with the rest of the points with the boot.

Scotland Under-21 skipper Neil Cochrane, who made the move south during the summer, went over for the Titans' try. Mike Whitehead added the conversion to give the very good Rotherham support something to cheer about. It's just unfortunate, and embarrassing, that Glasgow fans couldn't offer the Rotherham fans a refreshment before their long trip home.

A match report is available on the SRU site.

You can see photos from the game here

Team
1
Kevin Tkachuk
2
Scott Lawson
3
Lee Harrison
4
Tim Barker
5
Craig Hamilton
6
Steve Swindall
7
Andy Wilson
8
Jon Petrie
9
Graeme Beveridge
10
Dan Parks
11
Mike Roberts
12
Andrew Henderson
13
Andy Craig
14
Rory Lamont
15
Colin Shaw
Sub
Fergus Thomson
Sub
Paul Dearlove
Sub
Dan Turner
Sub
Colin Gregor
Sub
Eddie McLaughlin
Sub
Gregor Hayter
Sub
John Barclay
Sub
Alasdhair MacFarlane
Sub
Graydon Staniforth
Sub
Stuart Corsar
Sub
Calvin Howarth
Comments
Posted by Alan on August 21, 2005 01:13 AM | Reply to this comment

Thought Steve looked really good till he had to go off .hope that injury doesn't keep him out for long.

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