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August 31, 2008

Gloucester 30 - 8 Glasgow Warriors

Friendly match played at Kingsholm on Saturday August 30th 2008 | No comments

Lome Fa'atau went ver for Glasgow's only try
Sean Lineen described Glasgow Warriors' display against Gloucester at Kingsholm yesterday as "dreadful".

Consequently, there are likely to be some harsh words on the training paddock this week as the Warriors prepare for their opening Magners League clash at Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday night.

Gloucester, who topped the Guinness Premiership table last May before losing out to Leicester in the play-off semi– finals, were hardly at their best, but were good enough to starve Glasgow of any sort of quality possession. And there were few crumbs of comfort for head coach Lineen as the Warriors scrum found itself under pressure from the start and proceeded to crumble in the final quarter.

It hardly helped either that they were careless in midfield where their distribution was, to say the least, poor. Glasgow actually led 8-3 at half-time as fly-half Dan Parks kicked a penalty after Gloucester were caught offside at a maul. It got better when impressive wing Lorne Fa'atau chased a huge clearance kick upfield by full-back Bernardo Sortoni. The ball bounced gratefully in to his arms and Fa'atau raced 40 metres to cross unopposed.

The rest was not pretty and Lineen added: "There was nothing positive to take out of that. Having been 8-3 up and to lose 27 unanswered points in the second-half is a big problem. Our leaders did not show up and we did nothing on the front foot."

Gloucester had enough chances to have won by an even bigger margin. They were only 16-8 ahead as injury time approached, courtesy of penalties from fly-half Ryan Lamb and a conversion of England international centre Anthony Allen's try. But a couple of late tries from Scottish scrum-half Rory Lawson and full-back Olly Morgan compounded a poor afternoon for the Warriors, their second warm-up defeat of the summer

Team
1
Kevin Tkachuk
2
Dougie Hall
3
Moray Low
4
Alastair Kellock
5
Dan Turner
6
Kelly Brown
7
John Barclay
8
Richie Vernon
9
Mark McMillan
10
Dan Parks
11
Thom Evans
12
Graeme Morrison
13
Max Evans
14
Lome Fa'atau
15
Bernardo Stortoni
Sub
Eric Milligan
Sub
Justin Va'a
Sub
Ed Kalman
Sub
Tim Barker
Sub
Andrew Henderson
Sub
Ruaridh Jackson
Sub
Steve Swindall
Sub
Calum Forrester
Sub
Colin Gregor
Sub
Hefin O'Hare
Scorers
Dan Parks Penalty
Lome Fa'atau Try 
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