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December 26, 2008

Edinburgh 39 - 6 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Murrayfield on Friday December 26th 2008 | 44 comments

Kelly Brown's try was chalked off by the video referee
Video referee Jim Yuill is off Glasgow's next Christmas card list after knocking the stuffing out of them last night with a bizarre replay verdict.

Warriors' Kelly Brown - and everyone else at Murrayfield - reckoned he had sparked a revival with a clear-cut try seconds after half-time. But Yuill left Brown and his Glasgow team-mates shaking their heads in disbelief as he mysteriously chalked it off to leave the score at 16-6.

That gave the Gunners a lift and they ran riot to shoot up the Magners League table, leapfrogging their old rivals into second place.

Glasgow coach Sean Lineen said: "The video referee apparently saw something to do with an arm in touch. It was very frustrating. Having a score disallowed like that deflated us a lot more than I thought it would.

"I didn't see anything on the replay but the official obviously did. We got a real hiding in the end.

It was a stop-start game and we did not cope the way we should have."

The hosts made a powerful start and forced Glasgow into offending at a ruck, giving Phil Godman the task of slotting the first points.

Dan Parks had an instant opportunity to get his side back on level terms but pushed his effort wide of the target.

Parks jumped back into the limelight three minutes later and this time squared the contest.

Glasgow looked more settled approaching the midway point of the half but watched Parks' next penalty attempt slide past. The home side capitalised on his inconsistency when Godman banged one over at the other end.

His strike spurred Gunners into attacking mode and they were rewarded after 25 minutes.

Skipper Mike Blair couldn't believe his luck as a shocking pass by Parks bounced ideally for him to break away and dash over for the opening try. Godman followed up with the conversion.

Worse was to come for Glasgow as Godman completed his penalty treble, stretching the gap to 13 points.

Some of the damage was repaired thanks to the boot of Parks, who rediscovered his range following yet another scrappy and disjointed sequence.

Referee Neil Paterson finally lost his patience over the persistent infringements by both teams and yellow-carded home flanker Scott Newlands.

Glasgow carved out a great chance to cut the leeway further until captain Ally Kellock spilled the ball at a vital moment.

The Warriors came back out with all guns blazing and seemed to burst the match wide open within two minutes of the restart.

Brown got the touchdown after beating John Houston to a Parks cross-kick.

Even the Edinburgh players had lined up to face the conversion bid only for telly judge Yuill to chalk it off for no clear reason.

It was a massive setback for Glasgow and from that moment they were also-rans.

Within five minutes their night got even worse as Simon Webster scorched in for a second Gunners try that was goaled by Godman.

Godman had the locals in the 12,534 crowd roaring again almost immediately when another dodgy decision - for a late challenge this time - allowed him to add to his penalty tally.

And he repeated the feat to wipe out any prospect of a miraculous Glasgow rally.

The bonus-point rout was capped by tries from man of the match Hugo Southwell and Ben Cairns.

Now Glasgow must somehow recover phsychologically and physically for the second portion of the festive double-header at Firhill on Friday.

Edinburgh coach Andy Robinson said: "The return will be a different ball game. Glasgow will come back strongly at us for sure and we will need to be every bit as sharp and committed."

- Daily Record

Attendance 12,534
Justin Va'a
Dougie Hall
Ed Kalman
Tim Barker
Alastair Kellock
Kelly Brown
John Barclay
John Beattie
Colin Gregor
Dan Parks
Thom Evans
Graeme Morrison
Max Evans
Hefin O'Hare
Bernardo Stortoni
Fergus Thomson
Moray Low
Dan Turner
Richie Vernon
Sam Pinder
Andrew Henderson
Ruaridh Jackson
Match Substitutions
Off On
Ed Kalman Moray Low
Off On
Dougie Hall Fergus Thomson
Off On
Colin Gregor Sam Pinder
Off On
Tim Barker Dan Turner
Off On
Dan Parks Ruaridh Jackson
Off On
John Beattie Richie Vernon
Off On
Graeme Morrison Andrew Henderson
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Posted by Aussie John B frae Eaglesham on December 27, 2008 09:24 AM | Reply to this comment

ABSOLUTELY GUTTED!!! It was a bad, bad night at the office for us all at Glasgow - players, coaches, backroom crew & all us biased supporters, both those who travelled through & those who couldn't & sweated it out back at home.

Just outplayed, much as I hate to admit it of the 'Dark Side', those 'Easterlings from Mordor'. Gee, it sticks in the throat of a Glasgow tragic.

A big, big points difference for this cup, just square the wins, any silverware a bonus to think of later. But the key thing is the long haul, to get back on track after this wee, & only wee wobble, and focus on each league & Heineken game as it comes - 1 game at a time - and then a higher ranking will be there for us. & maybe not let SRU marketing hype get in the way.


John B frae Eaglesham

Posted by weebaw on December 27, 2008 09:58 AM | Reply to this comment

That was pathetic, and embarrassing to support a team of no hopers.They gave up the ghost after the outrageous non try decision.

The half backs should have been subbed after 20 minutes. The rot started there(or perhaps when Beattie kicked after 2 minutes?), we should never start without Andy Henderson or Fergus Thomson when fit and we desperately need a new winger.

Even Brown and Barclay were eclipsed. It's time for all those on the bench to take their places in the now irrelevant return.

We even made Hugo look world class!

Finally we need a captain who is in the ref's face constantly like all other captains

We've been bleating all season but the only Glasgow starters in the Scottish team should be Barclay and Thom Evans and Haddie has been proved correct

Posted by neil malcolm on December 27, 2008 10:20 AM | Reply to this comment

Will the glasgow supporters please please now agree that Dan Parks should be dropped!? He had a horrific game leaving young jackson to pick up the pieces... Jackson to start at 10 for the return leg!

Posted by Glasgow Rugby Fan on December 27, 2008 11:14 AM | Reply to this comment

Well well what a surprise a bad result and your all giving it the usual tone. Yes we got beaten yes we didnt play well but you are supposed to be supporters so you should be there to support the bad and good! Do you really think the players went out there last night and didnt try to play well?, if you do your supporting the wrong game. It is demorilsing to read and not exactly a support to the players. As far as you captain comments are concerned you are obviously watching different games. Al Kellock played his socks of last night as he always does trying to rally round a demoralised team and he was constantly up at the referee asking questions and stating points. I think it is about time those who write comments like this learn to keep them to themselves and provide support for a team who can compete! and will do if we do what were supposed to do and support! We were second in the league and we can get back there if we all work hard and thats in the stand, on the field and on this site!

Posted by ballinj on December 27, 2008 12:16 PM | Reply to this comment

there is a difference between theory and practise. Yes Glasgow can compete but when it matters they don't win. There is no way a team will win anything by just winning their home games and last night was an opportunity to prove that the league challenge is serious this year.

I think all of us would like a league challenge that isn't over by the start of the 6 nations and more Glasgow players in the Scotland team but on last nights performance is that likely?

I think we are entitled to expect more from this team who constantly get themselves into good positions only to put in poor performances when it really counts. And when they do mess it up then they deserve the criticism that is vented on this site.

Posted by sunday5 on December 27, 2008 01:13 PM | Reply to this comment

Glasgow Rugby Fan: WRONG!! We as supporters have every right to criticise this team for what they produced in Edinburgh. They showed not a scrap of devotion or gut in that game. They gave up after 20 mins and for the record, I wasn't surprised the try was disallowed. Regardless they are supposed to be pro's and act as such. Not capitulate like a bunch of petulant kids. The gunners now have a 30 point head start on Friday. I will be at Firhill on Friday because I firmly believe our team could still win the cup but I was disgusted last night and won't be surprised if there's 2 east coasters to every one of us. It's time for everyone involved to withdraw the digits and regain some pride.

Posted by mediumsizedal on December 27, 2008 03:50 PM | Reply to this comment

Agree with comments-except Glasgow Rugby Fan-this team have now won (if we miss out the French holiday!) 4 out of 13-yes they have a 31% record. This is not the record of a team going places, except down!! We need changes & fast-though it's difficult to see where success is coming from-the players not on duty last night don't seem to be much better than those who played. If we accept that we have good players (do we??) then maybe the coaching methods are wrong. Don't know-but it's going to be a long season. (PS, still a supporter &, yes, I'll be there for the next game-surely can't be that bad twice).

Posted by sandy dennison on December 27, 2008 05:11 PM | Reply to this comment

There goes a golden opportunity to get a record crowd at Firhill next Friday. Who but die hard Glasgow supporters would turn out again to watch another dose of that stuff. Aside the Dan Parks' failed pop pass which gave Mike Blair his try, his casual penalty kick to touch on the right hand side not long after was a damn disgrace. It looked like a kick out of play following the final whistle. Time for him to take a long period of reflection on the bench or out of the squad.

Posted by bossco85 on December 27, 2008 10:37 PM | Reply to this comment

Never in a million years did i see us going to Edinburgh and getting beaten, not just beaten but demolished in every department. I havnt seen the game yet but im guessing there is not much to be positive about. If I was lineen I would be totally ruthless with my team selection for the next match, bring in players like piosek and jackson. Parksy seems to have lost his way a little bit, maybe he should have a wee rest for a couple of matches and i say that as a genuine fan of the man! The main issue is, as always, the forwards. We are far too soft at the breakdown and around the pitch. Al Kellock is possibly the biggest waste of space in the side he shouldnt be playing let alone captaining! Time for a shake up...big style! As for support, i thnk there will still be a good turn out, part of supporting a club is that you stick with them in highs and lows. I will be there shouting at the top of my lungs because i want to see the team play week in week out, even if its not pretty at times! If you aint going to turn up because we got hammerd in Edinbugh we dont need your support! Lets stick behind the boys! It will come right eventually. Lets not forget this cup isnt lost yet...

Posted by billyidol on December 28, 2008 12:48 AM | Reply to this comment

"Lets not forget this cup isnt lost yet..."

The cup? Is that all you are worried about? How about the rest of the league?

Posted by sunday5 on December 28, 2008 10:04 AM | Reply to this comment

Clearly that's not all he's worried about but it must be our primary concern for the next 5 days.

This is the time that we as supporters need to put in a good hard shift for our team. Yes, they let us and themselves down lest week but there's hee-haw we can do about that now. I'd bet my bottom one on them feeling like freeze dried crap right now and I have no doubt what so ever that the game will be a very different affair on Friday. We need every fan who has ever been to a Warriors game and all their pals in Firhill on Friday night baying for blood.

It really isn't over yet. We have a better side than Edinburgh and if they can dole out a hammering then so can we!

Posted by bossco85 on December 28, 2008 11:05 AM | Reply to this comment

No the cup isnt all im interested in, but we should be taking one game at a time until we get back on track. It just so happens that the next match involves the cup!

Posted by garyipa on December 28, 2008 09:25 AM | Reply to this comment

Problem is you need every supporter you can get, fair weather or not, otherwise you won't have a team

Posted by alsfan on December 28, 2008 10:51 PM | Reply to this comment

Yup... and without a Glasgow team there is also no Edinburgh team!

Posted by ballinj on December 28, 2008 12:56 PM | Reply to this comment

parks has medial ligament problems which, as someone who has had intimate experience of medial ligament problems, probably means he isn't sleeping particularly well and kicking will not be very comfortable - with spasms and feeling like your leg is about to give out.

Still think he is our number one and vital to the team but should be given a chance to heal properly.

Posted by weebaw on December 28, 2008 09:46 AM | Reply to this comment

Yes of course we should all turn up and bring our mates.
We'll probably win as long as Sean picks the right team this time but it wont take the pain away of sitting with those smug East coasters who disgracefully booed Parks on to the pitch.
Dan's been good for Glasgow but his time is up at least for now.
Sean also has been great working on meagre rations and bringing on young players. I wouldny do without him.

Posted by rugbyMonkey on December 28, 2008 02:47 PM | Reply to this comment

...on a lighter note did anyone hear what happened to the 'Mary Hen' Warriors fan who was huckled by the MeMaws after words with Richard in among the Warriors supporters in the West Stand?

I suspect that a wee bit of Christmas Spirit may have been involved but she provided a most enjoyable interlude to an otherwise dreadful night, we though she showed more balls and front that some of the Glasgow players.

Posted by sunday5 on December 28, 2008 05:09 PM | Reply to this comment

lol! Sounds like Heather's made a fan!

Posted by michael on December 28, 2008 08:04 PM | Reply to this comment

if i think u r talking about certain fans in the east stand who spent the night shouting and swearing and embaressing all the other glasgow fans and the woman who was arguing with police at half time taints the reputation of all fans these people shouldnt be allowed back!

Posted by rugbyMonkey on December 28, 2008 09:02 PM | Reply to this comment

East Stand / West Stand... you say potato, any road up what's more offensive Heather getting a bit hot under the collar or 6 dumb bleach-blonde Rockets and an ar*e-hole space cadet of a DJ as the half-time entertainment at Firhill. ... I'm with the MaryHen all the way!

PS it too late for the Supporters Club to change their mind and drop big Jim Eddie and get behind Heather MaryHen for Season 2009/2010 (at lease we'd be guaranteed some kind of a result every week) - I'm sure Jim won't be too upset.

PPS ...anyone out there know her stats/past clubs/height/position/weight/DoB/?

Posted by Carolynagain on December 28, 2008 09:19 PM | Reply to this comment

The Supporters Club's got Hefin. This website sponsors James Eddie.

Posted by rugbyMonkey on December 28, 2008 09:50 PM | Reply to this comment

Sorry Carolynagain

...just misread what it said on the site, and Heather misunderstood the meaning of 'Boxing Day' For what it's worth I think The Hef would also gladly step down if you wanted to support a more aggressive, in-your-face candidate.

Posted by Carolynagain on December 28, 2008 10:02 PM | Reply to this comment

Hef's a wee pet lamb and I wouldn't swap him for the world!

Posted by rugbyMonkey on December 28, 2008 10:23 PM | Reply to this comment

Tell that to the big Bath 6ft 5in New Zealander Jonny Fa'amatuainu, Hef stopped in his tracks at Firhill a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by sunday5 on December 29, 2008 10:21 AM | Reply to this comment

I think you're way out of line talkng about the cheerleaders and DJ like that. Who the bloody hell are you? At least they turn up and contribute something. They give their time and energy, they aren't pro cheerleaders. They could be out pissing up with their mates but instead freeze their collective backside off attempting to entertain ungratefull, illmannered tubes like you. How can you say their stupid? Do you know them? Have you given them IQ tests or are you just going by rediculous stereotypes? Not cool Monkey Boy. Not cool at all.

Posted by monster_munch on December 29, 2008 12:53 PM | Reply to this comment

Oh look! Sunday5 loves a cheerleader! Sunday5 loves a cheerleader!

Posted by Finbar on December 30, 2008 10:43 AM | Reply to this comment

Nah - Sunday5 is probably the ar*ehole DJ!

Posted by garyipa on December 29, 2008 03:37 PM | Reply to this comment

that would be the
Scottish Rocketts PRO dance team then

Posted by sunday5 on December 30, 2008 09:27 AM | Reply to this comment

They aren't pro cheerleaders. This is not how they make a living.

In fact, I was under the impression they were students at Glasgow Uni. Anybody?

Posted by Phall on December 30, 2008 05:24 PM | Reply to this comment

Sunday 5, I think you are mistaking the Rockettes for our former Cheerleaders, The Pussycats. The Pussycats were amateur and were undergraduates at Glasgow.

Posted by rugbyMonkey on December 30, 2008 07:23 PM | Reply to this comment

... that would explain what happened to the the skinny wee anorexic blond one that used to stand at the right of the troop (is that the correct collective term for cheerleaders? or is that monkeys - not quite sure at the moment) when they did their 'thang' for Glasgow Rugby at Hughenden.

Sunday 5 will be saying next that The Soul Kings are just three Glasgow guys being racist for a wee bit of half-time fun?

Lets get this clear 'We are Scotland' is the national call and 2009 is the Homecoming. So why the hell don't we take the opportunity to let visiting teams/fans/refs know it! I wonder what others think but I feel we don't need for 'Debbie does Dalmarnock' teamed the illegitimate son of Smashey and Nicey. Where is the spirit? Where's the heart? Where are the pipes and drums of The Red Hot Chilli Pipers (even a cut down version would do)?

Must dash and as my old pal Denny Crane would say 'I loved the Pussycats - let's bring them back!'

Posted by Phall on December 31, 2008 11:15 AM | Reply to this comment

I think the girl you're talking about was studying medicine and went on to specialise in Anaesthetics. Some of the girls still attend gamess as supporters.

Posted by rugbyMonkey on December 31, 2008 02:17 PM | Reply to this comment

Thanks for the heads up Phall.

Posted by rugbyMonke on December 31, 2008 02:24 PM | Reply to this comment

Thanks for the heads up Phall.

Posted by Finbar on December 31, 2008 03:36 PM | Reply to this comment

Is there an echo in here?

Posted by Finbar on December 31, 2008 03:37 PM | Reply to this comment

Is there an echo in here?

Posted by rugbyMonke on January 1, 2009 09:33 AM | Reply to this comment

you can say that again...

Posted by manattheback on December 29, 2008 07:44 PM | Reply to this comment

I've always had it in my mind that 'Sunday5' was more interested in things other than rugby! That's why you tell me to stay 'attheback', because you're hogging the seats at the front, drooling! Mind you he does a better job of defending the cheerleaders than he does defending DP!

Posted by sunday5 on December 30, 2008 09:26 AM | Reply to this comment

I did go off on a bit of a rant, granted.

When did I tell you to stay at the back? I have no idea what you're talking about. We've never even met, not that I'd ever attempt to dictate where a person should sit or am I missing the pointless point you're trying to make?

Posted by rugbyMonkey on December 30, 2008 07:29 PM | Reply to this comment

"They could be out pissing up with their mates..." - do you know their mates? what makes you think they would hang about with people like that? What are the 39 steps? and Were you at the game caller?

Big assumption there Sunday5 (...Ch*ist, I hope you're not Sean Lineen ).

Posted by alsfan on December 28, 2008 11:00 PM | Reply to this comment

Saint Michael, Mr Perfect .. did you really have to get him thrown out by the Polis? We could have dealt with it, surely?

Posted by michael on December 29, 2008 08:28 PM | Reply to this comment

a didnt gt any1 chucked out mate they did a fine job themselves wen going bak to my seat at half time and saw the famous heather embaressing herself!

Posted by Alsfan on December 29, 2008 11:56 PM | Reply to this comment

Fair enough. Point is we should have dealt with this rather than calling ra polis. Guy could have been charged and had a record for having a few drinks too many or whatever. Look after our own even if you don't like the language.

Posted by michael on December 30, 2008 04:32 PM | Reply to this comment

actually it was 2 edinburgh fans complained to the police before heather unnesscialiry gt involved!

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