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April 15, 2006

Glasgow Warriors 18 - 27 Ulster

Celtic League match played at Firhill on Saturday April 15th 2006 | 8 comments

Hefin O'Hare scored is first try for Glasgow
It was too little, too late, for Glasgow as Ulster powered their way to a first half lead that the Warriors could never make up, despite a good second half performance.

Veteran marksman David Humphreys was yet again the destroyer in chief as the Warriors' woes deepened at Firhill as they went down 27-18 to the Celtic League challengers.

The former Ireland Test fly-half, who announced his retirement from the international stage last week, sent over five penalties to make sure his side stayed in the hunt for the championship.

Ulster - backed by a big contingent of noisy fans - made a storming start and broke the deadlock before even a minute was on the clock.

Scrum-half Isaac Boss sent a teasing chip into the home danger zone which Rory Lamont struggled to cope with.

Eventually he brought the ball under control, but was swamped by markers and Glasgow were penalised for entering the ruck illegally from side on.

Humphreys made no mistake with the kick, although the Warriors replied in positive fashion. Centre Andy Henderson made a break to release midfield partner Hefin O'Hare, but the pass had drifted marginally forward.

The home support were then furious with Welsh referee Tim Hayes when he ignored what looked like a clear case of off-the-ball obstruction after Colin Shaw had back-tracked to gather Humphreys' drop-out.

To add insult to injury, Ulster were awarded another penalty and justice was done as Humphreys watched his effort fly wide.

There was further controversy in the 19th minute which led to Boss bagging a try for the visitors. Shaw had every reason to appear aggrieved when he was penalised for an early tackle attempt.

Ulster surged across the 22-metre line before Boss squeezed over after confusing his markers with a clever dummy.

Humphreys converted but Glasgow responded by stepping up a gear to set up a penalty opportunity for Dan Parks following another powerful burst by Henderson.

Parks did the business to give his side a boost but Humphreys thumped over a long-range penalty after Warriors hooker Scott Lawson was warned for dissent.

And even worse was to come for the Scots when former Australian Test lock Justin Harrison snapped up Ulster's second touchdown.

Humphreys repeated the feat to leave Glasgow in disarray, but they rallied to create a fine try for substitute Johnny Beattie.

Parks traded penalties with Humphreys before dangerman Beattie set up another home score for O'Hare,

Parks converting to ensure a tense finale.

Any prospect of the Warriors completing their comeback was dashed when Humphreys took his penalty tally to five.

Referee Tim Hayes (Wales)
Attendance 2,240
Kevin Tkachuk
Scott Lawson
Euan Murray
Dan Turner
Craig Hamilton
Andy Wilson
Donnie Macfadyen
Jon Petrie
Sam Pinder
Dan Parks
Colin Shaw
Andrew Henderson
Hefin O'Hare
Rory Lamont
Graydon Staniforth
Fergus Thomson
Ben Prescott
James Eddie
John Beattie
John Barclay
Calvin Howarth
Spencer Davey
Match Substitutions
Off On
Andy Wilson John Barclay
Off On
Donnie Macfadyen John Beattie
Off On
Scott Lawson Fergus Thomson
Off On
Euan Murray Ben Prescott
Off On
Dan Turner James Eddie
Off On
Sam Pinder Calvin Howarth
Dan Parks Penalty
John Beattie Try 
Dan Parks Penalty
Hefin O'Hare Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Posted by vicki on April 16, 2006 12:46 PM | Reply to this comment

Pleased for Hefin that he got his first (and could have been second) try, he seems to be playing well at centre.

Posted by markk on April 16, 2006 01:23 PM | Reply to this comment

Also pleased we aren't bottom of the league this week! come on boys get a result next week please. parker pen wont be pretty!

Posted by Garyipa on April 16, 2006 06:24 PM | Reply to this comment

Lets be honest you'd be more competetive in the shield. I'm sure a run would be appreciated more than 5 or 6 rumphings in the HEC

Posted by sunday5 on April 17, 2006 09:58 PM | Reply to this comment

First try? SEVEN months? What's going on with Hefin o'Hare? I am of course pleased that he has finaly scored but correct me if I'm wrong, wingers, centres and all the other backs should be scoring. I mean the boy is quick so why is it he couldn't produce a try in the past seven months? I suspect he benefited from the experience and skills of our national centre. We as fans should be asking more questions of our team and players performances, this seven-month-no-try record is unacceptable. I mean the mighty Canadian has scored more tries than that! Perhaps we should put the T-Bone on the wing.

Posted by markk on April 17, 2006 10:20 PM | Reply to this comment

you don't need to put t-bone on the wing he's usually already there!

Posted by Alan on April 19, 2006 11:34 PM | Reply to this comment

Hefin has not been given the ball. Rory doesn't get the ball. Sean didn't get the ball (and still doesn't for Scotland, so he has to come and get it)..point is that Hefin got his first try when he became a centre, that's interesting.

Posted by sunday5 on April 20, 2006 02:34 PM | Reply to this comment

What's the odds on our friend Alan being a back? Saying that Hefin hasn't had any ball is incorrect. The fact is that he has had it but has taken it far too flat. We can't ignore that our backline is almost always straight and at far too shallow an angle to represent any real attacking force. It's as though they are afraid of any counter attack and so remain defensive, like a sevens side. At the end of the day I'm not having a go at O'Hare or any of the other backs but I really feel that we as fans are perhaps too forgiving.
None the less, congratulations to Hefin, I hope he proves me wrong and scores a good brace of tries in the next few games.

Posted by Garyipa on April 21, 2006 01:41 PM | Reply to this comment

I would hate to see you "having a go" then

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