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March 03, 2006

Glasgow Warriors 8 - 20 Border Reivers

Celtic League match played at Firhill on Friday March 3rd 2006 | One comment

G-Dog had another solid performance for Warriors, in an otherwise disappointing display
Glasgow Warriors maintained their record of being unable to build on any strong displays, by failing to leapfrog the Border Reivers in tonight's important derby.

Glasgow carved out the first real scoring chance when centre Graeme Morrison swooped to intercept an intended chip over the top by Simon Danielli, but Andy Miller backtracked to halt the move with a brilliant tackle.

Immediately afterwards, Calum MacRae booted the Borders in front with a confidently struck penalty after Rory Lamont was guilty of playing the ball illegally on the ground.

Colin Gregor, who had been in such devastating kicking form in the Warriors' stunning victory over league leaders Munster, squandered an opportunity to square the issue - and the visitors capitalised by opening up a 13-point advantage at the interval.

First, Danielli slid over in the corner for a tidy try in the wake of a scrummage on the 22-line.

MacRae banged over the tricky conversion - then added a penalty after Gregor had wasted another chance for Glasgow.

There was even more frustration for the home troops on the stroke of the break when skipper Jonny Petrie was bundled out of play just a metre from the target after a powerful surge featuring Sam Pinder and Steve Swindall.

Glasgow suffered a further setback shortly after the restart as winger Mike Roberts hobbled off with a leg problem.

The Warriors had the better of the exchanges for the next 10-minute spell, but could not find a way through the watertight Reivers defence.

And their woes worsened when Miller galloped over for the second Borders try after latching on to a pinpoint pass from fit-again stand-off Gregor Townsend. MacRae slotted the extra points from wide out.

Glasgow at least broke their duck when Gregor rediscovered his touch, but they were left with a mountain to climb even to salvage a consolation bonus point.

They gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Sam Pinder darted over following a quick tapped penalty under the crossbar by prop Kevin Tkachuk - but Gregor's jitters returned as he sent the conversion wide.

Calcutta Cup hero Ross Ford has been ruled out of Scotland's surprise RBS 6 Nations Championship title charge after being injured in Celtic League action.

The young Borders hooker - who starred in the closing stages of the historic triumph over world champions England at Murrayfield - was stretchered off after just two minutes of the crucial Celtic League clash at Firhill.

Ford suffered serious knee ligament damage as he landed awkwardly in a challenge and is likely to be sidelined until next season.

Ironically, the man he was directly opposing - Scotty Lawson - will take his place in Frank Hadden's national squad for next weekend's encounter with Ireland in Dublin and against Italy in Rome seven days later.

Ford's plight took the shine off the Reivers victory, which made them firm favourites to pip the hosts for Scotland's second automatic slot in next season's Heineken Cup behind championship contenders Edinburgh.

Attendance 1,406
Man of the Match G-Dog was only one with a glimmer of pace in the backs tonight
Kevin Tkachuk
Scott Lawson
Euan Murray
Dan Turner
Craig Hamilton
Steve Swindall
Jon Petrie
Gregor Hayter
Sam Pinder
Colin Gregor
Mike Roberts
Graeme Morrison
Spencer Davey
Rory Lamont
Graydon Staniforth
Fergus Thomson
Lee Harrison
James Eddie
John Beattie
Alasdhair McFarlane
Hefin O'Hare
Calvin Howarth
Match Substitutions
Off On
Mike Roberts Hefin O'Hare
Off On
Gregor Hayter John Beattie
Off On
Scott Lawson Fergus Thomson
Off On
Euan Murray Lee Harrison
Off On
Colin Gregor Calvin Howarth
Colin Gregor Penalty
Sam Pinder Try 
Posted by vicki on March 4, 2006 06:33 PM | Reply to this comment

For a while I thought we were going to get nilled...

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