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September 19, 2008

Connacht 15 - 8 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Galway Sportsground on Friday September 19th 2008 | 14 comments

Thom Evans grabbed Glasgow's only try
Glasgow slumped to defeat in Galway tonight as Connacht's rock-solid defence frustrated the Warriors into submission at the Sportsground.

It was a familiar story for Glasgow as they failed to make the most of their scoring opportunities, allowing Connacht to craft a much-needed first win of the season.

Place-kickers Dan Parks and Colin Gregor both had a night to forget for the visitors as they missed a series of kickable penalties, which had they been scored might have deflated Connacht's passion.

The Scottish side received a "wake-up call", according to captain Alastair Kellock, when the Ospreys beat them with a late try last week.

And that looked to be the case as they quickly moved 8-0 ahead.

Parks landed a second-minute penalty goal and winger Thom Evans burst through for a fine individual try after 22 minutes.

Ireland international Gavin Duffy failed to retrieve a high kick and the alert Evans lapped up the loose ball and showed impressive pace to run in his third try in two games.

Glasgow were enjoying all the possession in the early stages but Parks' missed conversion and two sliced penalties did little for his team's swaying confidence.

Turning things around, Connacht enjoyed a dominant 10-minute spell coming up to half-time, which allowed them to take a 12-8 lead into the break.

Duffy redeemed himself with a try-saving tackle and full-back Carr really announced himself with a superb 31st-minute try.

He intercepted a pass from Graeme Morrison on the Connacht 22, turned on the gas to make great headway down the right wing and then cut inside the last man before touching down under the posts.

Ian Keatley converted and Connacht moved ahead soon afterwards when scrum-half Frank Murphy sliced through a gap after taking Andrew Farley's lineout tap-down and offloaded for Wilkinson to pile over. Keatley struck the post with his conversion attempt.

Connacht really did win the hard way as they suffered two sin-binnings in the third quarter, with Colm Rigney and Duffy both carded for not rolling away in the tackle.

Clearing up matters at the breakdown, Welsh referee David Bodilly also flashed a yellow at Glasgow centre Morrison.

The visitors had regained the advantage in terms of possession and territory but they were lacking a final pass and Connacht's forwards, most notably the heavy-hitting Mike McCarthy, tackled their hearts out in a tense finale.

Glasgow had a 25-minute period in and around the hosts' 22.

Their best scoring chances fell to Gregor who twice shot wide of the uprights and it was left to replacement Andy Dunne to kick Connacht safe with an injury-time penalty.

Referee David Bodilly (WRU)
Justin Va'a
Dougie Hall
Moray Low
Opeta Palepoi
Alastair Kellock
Steve Swindall
John Barclay
Kelly Brown
Mark McMillan
Dan Parks
Thom Evans
Graeme Morrison
Max Evans
Hefin O'Hare
Bernardo Stortoni
Eric Milligan
Kevin Tkachuk
Dan Turner
John Beattie
Colin Gregor
Andrew Henderson
Ruaridh Jackson
Match Substitutions
Off On
Dan Parks Colin Gregor
Off On
Steve Swindall John Beattie
Off On
Dougie Hall Eric Milligan
Off On
Opeta Palepoi Dan Turner
Off On
Justin Va'a Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Mark McMillan Ruaridh Jackson
Off On
Max Evans Andrew Henderson
Dan Parks Penalty
Thom Evans Try 
Posted by big blue on September 19, 2008 11:30 PM | Reply to this comment

Appalling, shocking, dreadful, inept.

Posted by Jonboy on September 20, 2008 08:31 AM | Reply to this comment

Yet again we talk a good game all week then fail utterly to deliver. Time to stop telling us all how good they are/can be and actually show us. There's no doubt we have good players but results (and by all account performances) like this indicate leadership and motivation issues

Posted by neilmacd74 on September 20, 2008 09:37 AM | Reply to this comment

How on earth can you spend 25 minutes in an opponents 22 and not come away with a win?

What are the options now?
The guys who were dropped after being mince against the Ospreys can't come back surely and the ones who stepped in this week have failed to deliver.
What's going on with Parks kicking he's usually so reliable when taking a pop at goal but over the past couple of games he's lost his touch.

Llanelli - sorry Scarlets next week will be a big match as they'll be well fired up following their loss at Murrayfield last night.

I've a bad feeling this is going to be a long season.

Posted by eavesdropper on September 21, 2008 06:24 PM | Reply to this comment

I understand that Parks had picked up an injury mid-week, but still started (hence his early substitution).

Posted by ajm686 on September 20, 2008 11:24 AM | Reply to this comment

'No backward steps for Glasgow' ... hugely disappointing.

Posted by Neil Malcolm on September 21, 2008 01:38 AM | Reply to this comment

Connacht 15 - 8 Glasgow (12 - 8)

... pathetic

Posted by bossco85 on September 22, 2008 10:41 AM | Reply to this comment

100% pathetic, how can we say we have ambitions of finishing high in the league then we go out and get beaten of the worst team in the league. There are clearly issues somewhere that need to be addressed, there is nothing like enough get up and go, especially in the forwards, it has been the same unit playing for a season they should be able to function very well by now! If i was Lineen i would mix up the team for the next game...
15- Stortoni, 14-O'Hare, 13-Morrison, 12-Parks(capt), 11- Evans, 10-Gregor, 9-Mcmillan, 1-Va'a, 2-hall(ferg when fit), 3-Low, 4-Turner, 5- Palepoi, 6-Brown, 7-Barclay, 8-Beattie.
I know its a bit weird in places but we need to try something new because if we keep going the way we are this season is going to be very very long!

Posted by Big Blue on September 22, 2008 12:40 PM | Reply to this comment

Looking at your line-up, I guess you didn't see the Connacht game!

Posted by sunday5 on September 22, 2008 03:55 PM | Reply to this comment

I think you're being a little hard on Connacht there. Labeling them as "the worst team in the league". Given our last couple of performances we could well be looking at them with envious eyes before much longer!

I agree with you that something has to be done, particuarly in the forwards. I'm just not sure what. I would imagine Lineen kicked a few arses after the Ospreys game but we seem to have a team of passengers again. They don't seem interested or am I being harsh? I really hope I am well off the mark.

The guys HAVE to turn in a big game, come on lads!!!!

Posted by Alistair Hutton on September 22, 2008 09:31 PM | Reply to this comment

It's not that they aren't interested, it's that they aren't physically capable. They are mostly boys, the average age of the pack is 25, conventional wisdom says that tight 5 forwards are only physically developed enough at 26 years old plus.

Posted by jonboy on September 22, 2008 09:39 PM | Reply to this comment

Average age of the tight 5 on Friday was 28 and only Moray Low brought it down to that. They're either good enough or they're not, and at the moment they're not!

Posted by mediumsizedal on September 22, 2008 07:58 PM | Reply to this comment

Agree with most comments, at least in part. Don't like being negative-but we can't go on like this-2 bad defeats with the forwards largely at fault. Didn't see the Connacht game-just going by various reports, but the same failings that were there in the Ospreys game seemed to be present, despite the good words from players & coaches. Almost every squad member on Friday was either a full or A international-remind me again how many of that 'calibre' Connacht had? Would keep Parks at 10 (being an ex goalkicker I would never blame the kicker for misses-over the season there's more success than failure!!). The forwards need a rocket, or changed-but we don't have the replacements to hand. Think Va'a has lost the plot, Hall doesn't do enough, Kellock does not merit his place either as player or captain-we need 2 hard animals for the second row-but we ain't got them. Think we also need a big ball carrying 8-Beattie usually puts in a good enough shift, but not sure he's the type of player Glasgow needs at the moment. Enough moans-Parks for captain, but I suppose we will just have to shuffle around with the forwards we have-try to give the team all our support & hope for better performances. As paying customers we have the right to moan-at the same time trying to offer positive suggestions-we surely must be better against Scarlets (please!!).

Posted by pedro on September 23, 2008 08:52 AM | Reply to this comment

15. Stortoni
14. Faatau
13. Evans
12. Henderson
11. Evans
10. Parks
9. McMillan
8. Beattie
7. Barclay
6. Brown
5. Kellock
4. Palepoi
3. Low
2. Hall
1. Tbone

This should be the team. Think Hendo is the much better inside and he and morrison shouldnt play together. Must keep the 3 'bs' as the back row.

Posted by Hef-fan on September 24, 2008 12:23 AM | Reply to this comment

Pedro, this lot played together in Connacht .. various combinations making little difference (and who knows why Hef was substituted except the coach but Lome would have been worse)..only Bernie, Thom and G-dog performed. I also suggest a return for Pinder .. at least he wasn't involved in the disgraceful performance in Ireland.
We need the youngsters to step up and replace these underachievers now!

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