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April 02, 2007

Saracens 23 - 19 Glasgow Warriors

European Challenge Cup match played at Vicarage Road on Sunday April 1st 2007 | 9 comments

Euan Murray and Andy Wilson put in some huge hits for Glasgow
Saracens survived Glasgow's spirited second-half fightback at Vicarage Road to book a home European Challenge Cup semi-final with English rivals Bath.

Glen Jackson landed two penalties and converted Dan Scarbrough's try to put the hosts into an early 13-0 lead.

Fly-half Dan Parks kept Glasgow in touch with three first-half penalties but Sarries seemed to be home and dry when Kameli Ratuvou's try made it 23-9.

But a fourth Parks penalty and Rory Lamont's try made for a nervous finish.

Both sides were temporarily reduced to 14 players in the 47th minute of a sometimes niggly game when Glasgow number eight John Beattie and Saracens' England flanker Richard Hill were sent to the sin-bin following a skirmish on the floor.

Jackson, who had intercepted a Parks pass to put Scarborugh over in the first half, frustrated Glasgow again with another timely interception as Lamont tried to find Thom Evans.

England centre Andy Farrell, making his return from a back injury, created Saracens' second try in the 52nd minute when he evaded Graeme Morrison's tackle and released Fijian winger Ratuvou.

But Lamont burst through the middle just before the hour and Sarries had to endure some hairy moments in defence in the final quarter before making sure of their semi-final place.

The Premiership play-off contenders have now lost just one of their last 10 matches in domestic and European competitions.

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Saracens 23 - 19 Glasgow Warriors

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Referee C Berdos(France)
Attendance 4259
Man of the Match Every Glasgow player played his part - but Rory Lamont, Graeme Beveridge, Euan Murray and Scott Lawson showed why they will be missed at the Warriors
Justin Va'a
Fergus Thomson
Euan Murray
Andy Newman
Alastair Kellock
Steve Swindall
John Barclay
John Beattie
Graeme Beveridge
Dan Parks
Thom Evans
Andrew Henderson
Graeme Morrison
Hefin O'Hare
Rory Lamont
Scott Lawson
Kevin Tkachuk
Dan Turner
Andy Wilson
Donnie Macfadyen
Colin Gregor
Colin Shaw
Match Substitutions
Off On
John Barclay Donnie Macfadyen
Off On
Fergus Thomson Scott Lawson
Off On
Justin Va'a Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Graeme Morrison Colin Gregor
Off On
Steve Swindall Andy Wilson
Off On
Andrew Henderson Colin Shaw
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Rory Lamont Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Posted by Moody Blue on April 2, 2007 08:32 AM | Reply to this comment

Sad to see the guys drop out after a great effort.
On the brightside - when did all four of the Heineken Cup Semi Finalists have Scots in their matchday squads?
Northampton - Tom Smith, Sean Lamont, Robbie Kydd; Leicester - James Hamilton; Wasps - Mark McMillan; Scarlets - Scott MacLeod;
Not to mention the challenge cup semi finalists - Saracens with Ian Fullarton and Nick Lloyd; Dragons with Ben Daly, Lee Harrison, and Andrew Hall

Posted by McDruid on April 6, 2007 11:52 PM | Reply to this comment

Interesting that at least seven of the eleven you mention are refugees from under-performing Scottish pro teams!

Posted by Ed on April 10, 2007 01:28 AM | Reply to this comment

4 English teams and 2 Welsh teams in the semis of the 2 euro comps with something like 11 Scottish players between them.

Yet Scottish pro teams Glasgow, Edinburgh and Borders are packed with Scottish players aren't.

What does that really say about the scottish pro game when scottish players have to head out of scotland to achieve anything worthwhile in the oval ball game ?

The pro games finished here north of the border and your looking on the brightside ?*#!

Posted by gnasher on April 2, 2007 01:08 PM | Reply to this comment

This is perhaps one of the occasions when we are justified in claiming positives in defeat. It was interesting to hear the observations of the local radio commentators. "This a very good Glasgow side"; "Third bottom playing third top it says a lot for the Magners League"; "Good controlled play from Glasgow". They certainly earned respect.

It is concerning,though, to be losing the likes of Euan, Rory, Scot and Bevvy without a sniff of who we might get from Borders.

Posted by Les on April 2, 2007 05:35 PM | Reply to this comment

Gutted for the guys. Fantastic effort and sadly another case of so close but yet so far. Sarries fans were glad to get away with a win. This season was always going to be a transition time but now the guys know what it means to win and look to be hungry for more! Sad to see some of the guys moving on but the likes of Beattie, Barclay and Low shows that we do have youngsters who, given their chance, can deliver. A blend of youth and experience for next season?

Posted by vicki on April 2, 2007 09:41 PM | Reply to this comment

Lets just hope these guys are getting their contracts sorted out then!

Posted by Allan on April 2, 2007 09:42 PM | Reply to this comment

There were several Sarries fans wiping their brows in relief as they left the stand on Sunday. Great performance - but for the interception try we might just have had them. Well done guys, thanks for giving us a great day out.

Posted by royc on April 3, 2007 10:59 AM | Reply to this comment

Excellent performance by Glasgow. The pack did well against Sarries superstars in both set-piece and loose and the backs were really going for it, some great performances by the Warriors players. Rory Lamont's try was a beauty and if only the ball had got to Thom Evans a few times when we had an overlap that would have been a win.

Posted by rhoddy on April 3, 2007 11:19 AM | Reply to this comment

Are there highlights anywhere?

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