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May 27, 2006

Connacht 33 - 7 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Galway Sportsground on Friday May 26th 2006 | No comments

Sam Pinder went over for Glasgow's only try
Glasgow Warriors' bid for Heineken Cup qualification fizzled out at the Sportsground as five-try Connacht ended their recent woes with a heartening win.

The result - Connacht's first win in four games - means Border Reivers will join Edinburgh as Scotland's representatives in next season's Heineken Cup.

Glasgow, buoyed by their triumph over Llanelli two weeks ago, had everything to play for but a poor display saw Sean Lineen's men outmanoeuvred.

The Irish province, with nothing but pride on the line, lifted themselves off the bottom rung of the Celtic League as tries from flanker Matt Lacey, hooker John Fogarty, scrum-half Chris Keane, young lock David Gannon and replacement fly-half David Slemen saw them untroubled.

Glasgow's disappointment was magnified as they slipped to 11th in the standings. Connacht, the league's long-time bottom side, managed to finish above the Scots - both sides ended the campaign on 37 points, but the westerners pinched 10th place courtesy of their six victories to Glasgow's five.

Connacht got the ideal start when Lacey muscled over from close range in the seventh minute. Fly-half Mark McHugh missed the conversion from wide out on the right but regained his poise on the quarter-hour to add the extras to Fogarty's effort.

Connacht's brutish pack were bossing matters up front and McHugh's sweet right boot had his side constantly on the march. His opposite number Colin Gregor, so influential on his last visit to Ireland - he scored 21 points in a surprise victory at Munster, was kept relatively quiet.

Connacht tagged on a third try just before the break when Keane, who, like Fogarty, is part of the Ireland A squad for next month's Churchill Cup, sliced through for his first league try in three seasons. McHugh converted for a 19-0 half-time lead.

Glasgow scrum-half Sam Pinder got his side off the mark, five minutes into the second half, when he rounded off a neat move for Gregor to convert.

But Pinder turned villain moments later when his pass was intercepted by Gannon, another Churchill Cup-bound player, on the Glasgow 10-metre line and the Buccaneers clubman had enough pace to gallop over and bag a converted score.

Slemen completed the rout 12 minutes from the end, with McHugh adding his fourth conversion to crown only Connacht's third win in eight meetings with Glasgow

Referee Nigel Owens (Wales)
Attendance 2,200
Stuart Corsar
Fergus Thomson
Kevin Tkachuk
James Eddie
Dan Turner
Jon Petrie
Donnie Macfadyen
John Beattie
Sam Pinder
Colin Gregor
Spencer Davey
Graeme Morrison
Hefin O'Hare
Rory Lamont
Graydon Staniforth
Scott Lawson
Eric Milligan
Craig Hamilton
John Barclay
Andy Wilson
Dan Parks
Iain Kennedy
Match Substitutions
Off On
Stuart Corsar Eric Milligan
Off On
Graydon Staniforth Iain Kennedy
Off On
Fergus Thomson Scott Lawson
Off On
Sam Pinder Dan Parks
Off On
Jon Petrie Andy Wilson
Off On
James Eddie Craig Hamilton
Off On
Donnie Macfadyen John Barclay
Sam Pinder Try 
Colin Gregor Conversion

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