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April 28, 2007

Ulster 10 - 24 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Ravenhill on Friday April 27th 2007 | 11 comments

Rory Lamont went over for Glasgow's first try
The Glasgow Warriors have walked away from Ravenhill in Belfast with Scottish rugby's result of the season tonight, having triumphed 24-10 over title holders Ulster in the Magners League.

Ulster's already tenuous hopes of retaining the Magners League were blown away by a determined Glasgow effort at Ravenhill.

Tries from Rory Lamont, John Barclay and John Beattie, who ran in a 75-metre interception effort, were enough to give Sean Lineen's side a thoroughly deserved win.

It was a largely forgettable first half with the tone for the home side's performance set by Paddy Wallace's penalty miss after two minutes.

Nearly all the constructive rugby came from the Warriors and only a great pick up and drive from his own line from 100th cap-winner Roger Wilson prevented the visitors from opening their account early in proceedings.

There was little of interest until just before the 20th minute when a Wallace inside pass put Tommy Bowe into space and the Ireland international found Andrew Trimble, whose pass failed to put Andy Maxwell in the clear for a great scoring chance.

But Ulster's urgency did not last and four minutes before the half-hour they threw a long lineout ball to Stephen Ferris, who got wrapped up and conceded a penalty. Dan Parks made no mistake and the Warriors had the lead.

The score saw Glasgow, whose ball-carrying and tackling constantly had Ulster on the back foot, up the tempo and they should have scored a try on 34 minutes when Andrew Henderson made a clean break.

However Henderson chose to go it alone and a great Bowe tackle saved a certain score.

But the Warriors did not squander their next chance and, deep in injury time, Rory Lamont dashed over after the forwards had done some great approach work. Parks converted and Glasgow led 10-0.

Ulster came out in the second half intent on making an impact but Bryn Cunningham dropped a scoring pass in the opening exchanges.

Still, Trimble did cross the line after 50 minutes following a great break from Wallace and scoring pass courtesy of Wilson.

However, Wallace missed the conversion and was promptly hauled off for David Humphreys who, shortly after coming on, tried an inside pass that was snapped up for Beattie's fantastic long-range score.

Parksy added the points and then, eight minutes after the hour, Glasgow destroyed an Ulster scrum on the home side's line with John Barclay getting the touchdown.

Parksy again added a conversion, from a tight angle, and Ulster's hopes were extinguished, Andy Maxwell's 79th-minute try being of little consolation.

Pictures from Ravenhill can be seen in the Gallery.

Referee James Jones (Wales)
Attendance 8,056
Man of the Match John Beattie got the official ML Man of the Match award
Justin Va'a
Fergus Thomson
Moray Low
Andy Newman
Alastair Kellock
Steve Swindall
John Barclay
John Beattie
Graeme Beveridge
Dan Parks
Thom Evans
Scott Barrow
Andrew Henderson
Rory Lamont
Francisco Leonelli
Scott Lawson
Kevin Tkachuk
James Eddie
Andy Wilson
Donnie Macfadyen
Colin Gregor
Hefin O'Hare
Match Substitutions
Off On
Justin Va'a Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Fergus Thomson Scott Lawson
Off On
Scott Barrow Hefin O'Hare
Off On
Andy Newman James Eddie
Off On
Francisco Leonelli Colin Gregor
Off On
John Barclay Donnie Macfadyen
Off On
Steve Swindall Andy Wilson
Dan Parks Penalty
Rory Lamont Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
John Beattie Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
John Barclay Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Posted by hammy on April 28, 2007 02:03 AM | Reply to this comment

marvellous...just bloody marvellous. well done the lads yet again

Posted by luckyrugger on April 28, 2007 03:37 AM | Reply to this comment

My word, isn't that just about the best result of the season. From what I heard we were on top for the whole of the 1st half, the Ulster commentators really giving us the credit we deserve, and we went from strength to strength in the 2nd half. Ulster have looked very tentative recently and this was just the time to catch them out, though I am very surprised and relieved that we had the performance to do them on their home turf. Excellent result lads.

Posted by neil on April 28, 2007 09:55 AM | Reply to this comment

Superb result tonight! Hopefully we can keep the momentum going for next week's game. Great progress with the team this year headed up by Sean. Really looking forward to seeing how far up the table we can finish. Hope for a big crowd next week for what will be a tough game. Keep it going lads and well done!

Posted by Alistair on April 28, 2007 10:28 AM | Reply to this comment

Absolutely fantastic result. Winning in Ulster is a massive, massive win.

But, just to prove I can moan about anything, I just wish we could have put together consistent perfromances likes this at the start of the season.

Posted by Alistair on April 28, 2007 10:39 AM | Reply to this comment

Just read an Irish match report, did we really push them off their own ball at a 5m scrum?

Posted by sunday5 on April 28, 2007 02:32 PM | Reply to this comment

Yes, believe it or not it's true! The Irish commentators were gobsmacked. They used the word 'horsed' tho! It was a superb shunt and led to a well deserved try. We really could have won this game another 14 points up, Glasgow were by far the better side last night. Well done lads.

Oh, what are the chances of the one and only T-Bone being in the running for this seasons top try scorer?

Posted by vicki on April 29, 2007 11:24 AM | Reply to this comment

Indeed we did! Unfortunately we were at the other end of the pitch, but our forwards had been all over the Ulster pack. They'd all (and in particular, Al Kellock and T-Bone) stood toe-to-toe and faced up to the Ulster forwards, never taking a step backwards. And they didn't like it one bit!

Posted by i was there on April 29, 2007 11:43 AM | Reply to this comment

Was excellent stuff - Harrison was Al K's bitch on Friday night! Scott Murray take note - that's how its done!

Posted by hannah on April 28, 2007 10:52 AM | Reply to this comment

in the pre season bit rugby world had the Warriors persoanl ad as needing new fans to witness more lows than highs. But this season has been fantastic and every Warriors fan has seen highs. The boys have played brilliantly the whole way through and a win over Ulster has made it all better. Keep up the good work boys and finish the season on a high and keep in up next year!

Posted by bossco85 on April 28, 2007 11:58 AM | Reply to this comment

fantastic! a win in Ulster is a huge result for the boys, sounded like a real corker from the radio. If we can beat Ulster then we will have a great go at the Ospreys and Munster. This is a realy encouraging time for glasgow lets hope it continues!

Posted by Hugues on April 30, 2007 10:31 AM | Reply to this comment

Great win, it should be the start for a massive support from GLASGOW Rugby Community.

All the best for the future!!!

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