October 27, 2006
Glasgow Warriors 69 - 7 G.r.A.N Rugby Parma
European Challenge Cup match played at Hughenden on Friday October 27th 2006 | 17 comments
Graeme Beveridge was excellent for Glasgow A steady drizzle poured down on Hughenden this evening, but the enthusiasm of the Glasgow faithful was far from damped as Warriors' deluge of 10 tries swept aside GRAN Parma in the European Challenge Cup.
By racking up as many as 69 points Glasgow broke their own record score in any competition in the professional area. But it was the manner of the victory that should be remembered in history rather than the simple statistics. Right from the start the purpose stated by Glasgow's rugby was to play a fast, wide-spread game despite the conditions.
Their attitude paid off. Within the first quarter they scored three tries, two of them by Hefin O'Hare. Their 24-0 lead was comfortable insurance against any lapses of concentration, but it was not needed. Glasgow kept up the pace and persistence almost throughout the 80 minutes, and only deep in added time in the first half did they allow Parma away for a try.
O'Hare added his third try for a 31-0 lead after 36 minutes. Sam Pinder had two tries, and each of O'Hare's threequarter-line colleagues, Rory Lamont, Graeme Morrison, and Andy Henderson, scored one each, as did Kevin Tkachuk and Steve Swindall. Dan Parks kicked five conversions and a penalty goal, and his new understudy, Ruaridh Jackson, had two conversions to mark his Glasgow debut.
Parks had much more influence on the contest than his place-kicking. His game management was excellent, mixing the play with fine kick placements and passing variety. Indeed, his contribution was such that it drew Sean Lineen, Glasgow's head coach, to remark after the game that the stand-off's rugby in the past couple of weeks has been "the best I've seen him play."
Glasgow's previous best in the professional era was in beating Ontario 65-21 in the Toronto invitation tournament in 1999. In regular competition their highest score had been 62-38 in winning against Newbridge in the 1996 European Conference, the forerunner of the Challenge Cup: that game in Wales was Glasgow's first in Europe.
As for this evening's record-breaking event, Parks set the ball rolling with a penalty goal in five minutes. O'Hare - "a model professional", as Lineen described him afterwards - then plucked out two tries in quick succession. First he cut through the middle from 15 metres and stepped past the last Parma opponent, and he then chased down a Graeme Beveridge kick ahead for his second.
Beveridge, who was to be named man of the match, was to be the catalyst for the third try. The scrum half's break up the left touchline from loose ball and Parks's astute linkage provided for Andy Henderson to score.
Parma lost Carlo Festuccia, their captain and hooker, to the sin-bin on the half-hour, and, that, ironically, coincided with the longest dry spell in Glasgow's scoring, though Euan Murray deserved a try when he broke clear to run fully 40 metres. The prop was denied by Carl Manu only five metres out, but the applause from the crowd for Murray could not have been louder if he had scored.
His fellow prop, Tkachuk, was a key in Glasgow's fourth try, earning the bonus point. Not only did he make the initial thrust but he also had a hand in the subsequent linking, and Lamont made a telling infield cut before Parks chipped through for O'Hare's third try.
Parks converted all four first-half tries, the second and fourth from tight on the left touchline. But time was still left before the interval for Parma to make their only strike. Ironically, it came from Lamont's exploitation of turn-over ball, but Jason Tiatia intercepted John Barclay's pass to run from halfway for a try that Rima Wakarua converted.
Only 65 seconds into the second half, however, Beveridge was the spark again for Henderson to provide for his fellow centre, Morrison, to score. Parks again converted.
Henderson's break and O'Hare's run up the touchline made Lamont's try, and after Steve Swindall had been denied close to the line Pinder sliced nipped over in the left corner. Parks hoisted Glasgow's half-century by converting the second of those two, his third from the left touchline.
In the last 13 minutes, with Glasgow fielding two apprentices, Jackson and Calum Forrester, three more tries flowed in. Swindall went more than close, Tkachuk finished what he started with a charge from near halfway as a prelude to an incisive contribution from Forrester, and Pinder had his second. Jackson, the sorcerer's apprentice, converted two of those, one from the right touchline.
Report from Glasgow's official website
Well congratulations a 3rd win of the season against the mighty giants of world rugby...Parma....Glad to see that GW can play rugby, all be it against a side that would probaly struggle in the english national divisions, but a win is a win is a win! Hope Sean does not see this as a launch pad to greater things...ha ha ha. Our new, sorry old board must be delighted with the team performance...
Get a grip of yourself. A win is a win. I don't care who it's against I just want to see the Warriors win. Parma didn't well, granted but I'd like to think it was more to do with the way we came at them. A few pleasing things.
1. Except for the shot at goal at the start to get points on the board they went for 7 points with every penalty, allowing the backs to get into the game. It was a confidence booster for them that so much came off.
2. They had the game won by half time along with the bonus point secured but still came out in the second half to attack.
The half backs played really well as did the centres with a lot of clever play.
Parma aren't top class but they were dispatched ruthlessly by Glasgow. You can't ask for more than that.
Biggest disappointment - the crowd. 1707 is poor and even those that were there were somewhat subdued. Was it the weather?
They were drawn against us in our group - we have to play them, and more importantly we have to beat them. Having watched Glasgow play supposedly poorer teams in the past and either struggle to secure the win or even worse, get defeated, I am happy to see us use the oportunity to score ten tries, to use some of our younger players. Why on earth shouldn't we all, new sorry old board included, be happy with the team performance?? I for one am!
The most heartening thing was that Glasgow continued to turn the screw right until the end. All the great teams do this, never giving their opponents any chance. If we had played this way in the first game of the season the Dragons would never have beaten us.
Oh, and there were FAR more than 1,707 people at the game last night. Where I was standing literaly EVERYONE was talking about the Sports Club etc and how they got in for free. Not on....
The whole "getting in for free" thing is one thing, but are they actually being counted for the crowd numbers??? If they are there, they should be counted.
I suppose as far as the SRU and the bankers are concerned it's only the paying customers that count. No guarantee that anyone in receipt of a freebie would pay full whack if they had to (though you'd hope a good proportion of them would still be willing to get behind the team).
Anyway, great entertainment last night. Well done the lads!
A crowd is a crowd whether they paid or not.. it did seem far more than the quoted number!
if you have any complaints contact the SRU about Hillhead members coming into the ground. There are conditions of the SRU using Hughenden, bear in mind your using their facilities on a Friday evening.
Good win for Glasgow ... Connacht should be next for a good going over!
Unfortunately I'm too busy coaching kids and getting them interested in rugby in Scotland to help out.
I'm perfectly calm here Sunday5. You brought the issue up on people going through the gate not being counted and getting in free so the simple solution as I said. You and a mate volunteer to stand there with the clickers. I'm sure you'll have the issue sorted out in no time.
You coach kids on a Friday night? You should send them along to the game and coach them on a Saturday....
Are you simmering yet?
They are being coached at the club on a Friday evening, a Saturday morning, and a Sunday. There's midi's, mini's and touch rugby for the younger kids. It's Fortunate that there's still some clubs out there who are actually intent on putting something back into the Scottish game and attracting kids to the game unlike the more professional side of the Scottish game.
Some of them already go along to the pro rugby on a Friday night. The opposite direction to Hughenden right enough, but then again I, nor anyone at my club, can really instruct them which pro side to go along and support.
It seems that you'd need to ask the chiefs back at your own camp at the Glasgow region to send publicity to the kids at traditional North & Midlands clubs then maybe those kids can attend some Glasgow games. Edinburgh seem to manage publicity at those same clubs to try and attract more people through their gates. Hey presto it's working!
However, If you contact my club on the issue of holding back the coaching to solely a Saturday so they can attend pro games on a Friday then I'm sure they'll let you know the outcome.
Simmering..nah...I haven't even gone into the kitchen to go near the cooker.
Naaa...not ranting, simply giving you an answer to your question about coaching the kids on a Saturday so they can go to the games on a Friday.
I seem to recall you doing some ranting over attendances and Hillhead members heading through the gates without paying or being counted.
Keep going highland brave--you have a duty to educate those who dont understand how rugby has evolved in Scotland a sport like most others that depends on unpaid and unsung people just getting on with it and fitting it in around the rest of their lives without this pro rugby will become--if it has not already become a baseless fabric with no next generation
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