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April 29, 2006

Newport Gwent Dragons 32 - 18 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Rodney Parade on Friday April 28th 2006 | 8 comments

Colin Shaw made it onto the scoresheet for Glasgow
Glasgow's miserable run continued with the fifth successive Celtic League defeat at Rodney Parade.

It was a slow start to the game with both sides trading only a penalty each for nigh on the first half hour but as the Dragons took the lead with a second Craig Warlow penalty in the 27th minute, that was the catalyst for Jason Forster to cause the Warriors problems with two tries in quick successions (31 and 36 minutes), both converted by Warlow, both from short range line-out takes and forward drives and within that crucial ten minutes, Glasgow could only respond with one Dan Parks penalty.

The Warriors were dealt another blow well into first half stoppage time when Adam Black crossed the line for the Welsh side, taking the Dragons into the break with a handsome 25-6 lead. Adding to Glasgow’s woes, lock Dan Turner was yellow carded, missing five minutes either side of the break.

Glasgow coach Sean Lineen had stated earlier in the week that he wanted to see different combinations of players line-up for Glasgow with one eye on next season, so being 19 points adrift going into the second half, he took the opportunity to ring the changes and started the latter half of the game with three changes – Fergus Thomson for Scott Lawson, Colin Gregor coming on at scrum half for Sam Pinder and James Eddie for Tim Barker.

However, it took both sides a while to settle back into the game, meanwhile Glasgow made another change – Donnie Macfadyen for John Barclay - and it was another 17 minutes before more points were put on the board, this time for the Warriors as Dan Parks crossed the line with some jinky running for the try and slotted the conversion, closing the gap to 12 points (25-13).

That margin was relatively short lived when the Dragons’ Nathan Brew touched down five minutes later and converted his own try. The rest of the Warriors bench came on as reinforcements – Ben Prescott for Euan Murray, Andrew Wilson for Jon Petrie and Spencer Davey for Graydon Staniforth – and winger Colin Shaw responded with a try in the 70th minute before former Glasgow favourite Andy Hall came on for the Dragons, but that’s where the scoring ended (32-18) and the Warriors failed to slay the Dragons, going down to their fifth straight defeat in the Celtic League since February’s win over Munster.

Referee David Keane (Ireland)
Attendance 3,850
Kevin Tkachuk
Scott Lawson
Euan Murray
Tim Barker
Dan Turner
John Beattie
John Barclay
Jon Petrie
Sam Pinder
Dan Parks
Colin Shaw
Andrew Henderson
Hefin O'Hare
Rory Lamont
Graydon Staniforth
Fergus Thomson
Ben Prescott
James Eddie
Andy Wilson
Donnie Macfadyen
Colin Gregor
Spencer Davey
Match Substitutions
Off On
Scott Lawson Fergus Thomson
Off On
Euan Murray Ben Prescott
Off On
Tim Barker James Eddie
Off On
Jon Petrie Andy Wilson
Off On
John Barclay Donnie Macfadyen
Off On
Sam Pinder Colin Gregor
Off On
Graydon Staniforth Spencer Davey
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Colin Shaw Try 
Posted by vicki on May 1, 2006 11:38 AM | Reply to this comment

There were too few players on the park who have lost any faith or belief in the team - and who can blame them after finding out their jobs are all under threat only hours before kick-off.

Dan Parks was one of the few to take the lead on the pitch, and along with Muffles, reacted to the news from the SRU by putting in a performance to show what they are capable of, rather than a perfomance to show that the towel has been thrown in at Glasgow.

Posted by sunday5 on May 1, 2006 02:44 PM | Reply to this comment

It didn't help that the Referee was an absolute disgrace. I was aghast at some of his disgustingly biased decisions. He only ever gave Glasgow ANYTHING well after the game was out of reach. A complaint should be made.

Posted by Alan on May 1, 2006 03:12 PM | Reply to this comment

Agreed. I thought Dan Turner had been taken out in the air immediately before his offence and penalty should have been the other way...and he wouldn't have been sent off.. just the way I saw it :(

Posted by vicki on May 1, 2006 05:34 PM | Reply to this comment

The only people that can influence a ref during a game are the players. If they complain, they may not reverse the decision, but perhaps they will influence the next one. However, if they just let the decisions pass, don't make a fuss, and don't question the ref, they won't get anywhere - there are no points given out for politeness!

Posted by vicki on May 1, 2006 05:37 PM | Reply to this comment

Actually, I take it back, it's not just the players who can influence the ref - the Dragons crowd convinced the ref of plenty of his decisions . And that's not something you'd see at Firhill, is it?

Posted by hugh on May 1, 2006 06:32 PM | Reply to this comment

You are right Vicki not unless Thistle are playing

Posted by sunday5 on May 7, 2006 01:06 PM | Reply to this comment

Actuall, you are both wrong. The players should never have to speak to the Ref in Rugby unless they are saying "Yes, sir" or "no, sir". We arn't playing kissball here, where you see players screaming into Referee's faces like children. The Captain should be informed by the players and then make his grievances known to the Ref. As Captain it is his resposability to make himself heard on the pitch, to EVERYBODY. There was little of this in Wales.

Posted by Gordon on May 7, 2006 03:02 PM | Reply to this comment

Who said anything about screaming in a referee's face? I think Vic's point was that referees can be influenced by players. Guys like Justin Harrison, Scott Murray, Matt Dawson, Peter Stringer and suchlike chirp away to the referee throughout a game - all very polite but getting their point across. A referee won't change a decision, but some players can make sure he might just give the next decision in their team's favour.

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