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April 05, 2009

Llanelli Scarlets 21 - 38 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday April 4th 2009 | 13 comments

Colin Gregor sparked a lot of Glasgow's best work
John Barclay and Thom Evans scored twice each as Glasgow racked up an impressive six tries to two victory at Parc y Scarlets.

The home defence was all but absent as Glasgow ran riot especially in the first half of this Magners League match.

The Scarlets went into the game confident of a good performance considering they had Stephen Jones, Mark Jones, Matthew Rees and Dafydd Jones back from Wales duty.

In a lung-bursting, entertaining opening quarter Glasgow emerged with a 19-3 lead with three tries in the space of three minutes - two for Barclay.

A brilliant break by Lome Fa'atau was finished off by fellow wing Thom Evans in the left corner despite a last-ditch tackle by Mark Jones - then it was the turn of the forwards to score the second with Barclay squeezing over.

The Scarlets stopped the rot briefly with a Stephen Jones penalty before Glasgow made a mockery of the home defence as Barclay breezed in under the posts.

The bonus point was brought up by prop Moray Low on 34 minutes after Barclay had won a lineout in the opposition 22.

In first-half injury time the Scarlets mounted something of a comeback with a try for centre Gavin Evans followed by a Jones penalty, but Glasgow still went in at half-time 26-14 up.

That became 33-14 just two minutes into the second half as more dubious defence by the Scarlets saw Max Evans pick up Fa'atau's chip ahead and run in unchallenged behind the posts.

The home crowd were given something to cheer when flanker Dafydd Jones side-stepped his way over for the Scarlets' second try but it was a score which was cancelled out by Glasgow's sixth try for Evans 11 minutes later.

The hosts tried their best to close the 17-point gap in the final 10 minutes but the Glasgow defence, even with Kelly Brown in the sin-bin for a professional foul, were so more efficient than their own.

Sean Lineen said: "That was a really good win, we had a lot of threats with the Evans brothers, Graeme Morrison had a good game, while Johnny Barclay had a really good first half after being in Hong Kong last week."

Referee P. Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Attendance 6,103
Man of the Match Kelly Brown
Kevin Tkachuk
Dougie Hall
Moray Low
Tim Barker
Alastair Kellock
James Eddie
John Barclay
Kelly Brown
Mark McMillan
Ruaridh Jackson
Thom Evans
Graeme Morrison
Max Evans
Lome Fa'atau
Colin Gregor
Fergus Thomson
Ed Kalman
Dan Turner
Calum Forrester
Colin Shaw
Dan Parks
Peter Horne
Match Substitutions
Off On
Tim Barker Dan Turner
Off On
James Eddie Calum Forrester
Off On
Ruaridh Jackson Dan Parks
Off On
Moray Low Ed Kalman
Off On
Dougie Hall Fergus Thomson
Off On
Lome Fa'atau Colin Shaw
Thom Evans Try 
Colin Gregor Conversion
John Barclay Try 
John Barclay Try 
Colin Gregor Conversion
Moray Low Try 
Colin Gregor Conversion
Max Evans Try 
Colin Gregor Conversion
Thom Evans Try 
    Posted by sunday5 on April 5, 2009 08:29 AM | Reply to this comment

    Brilliant game! I thought Gregor was only at Fullback to fill a gap with Bernie out but he was just superb. He was always a threat and managed to get that "here we go" Evansesk feeling when he got his hands on the ball.

    Well done lads but a LOT more of the same is required...

    Posted by ayoung on April 5, 2009 08:39 AM | Reply to this comment

    Brilliant Game! Agree about Gregor, I was worried about him at fullback but he played very well. Barclay was outstanding as well as Morrison, the amount of turnovers the pair of them had not to mention line breaks. Brown must have covered every blade of grass last night, great shift! Defence in the last 15 mins did a great job also especially with 14 men.

    Well done lads!

    Posted by mearns76 on April 6, 2009 08:13 AM | Reply to this comment

    Glad to see you mention Morrison. Although seldom receiving many plaudits he puts a power of work in there week by week, something the much-maligned Frank Hadden recognised.

    Posted by liviwarrior on April 5, 2009 09:29 AM | Reply to this comment

    Congratulations guys - sounds as though it was a great game - fantastic result. Welcome back to the guys who had a break after the 6N - looks like the rest did them the world of good - 2 tries from JB - what a return.

    Well done to Sean too - his team selection worked a treat.

    Lets see if we can keep this up till the end of the season.

    Posted by gnasher on April 5, 2009 10:15 AM | Reply to this comment

    Excellent finishing and defending. Who says we can't finish of chances? My only concern is how little ball we had - according to the stats one third to their two thirds. I suppose it was a reflection of how well they retained possession for phase after phase, without actually doing anything with it. Conversely, when we did turn them over the response was devastating. Well done guys.

    Posted by bossco85 on April 5, 2009 11:27 AM | Reply to this comment

    Much better today! Looked clinical once we moved the ball wide. Not a lot else to say for once apart from a very good all round performance. We even looked happy to defend for the last while which is very encouraging in terms of closing games out! More of the same now boys!

    Posted by s153 on April 5, 2009 02:36 PM | Reply to this comment

    Yes, great result, but why can't they do it consistently, that has been the big problem for far too many season now. One good win amongst several poor defeats is not good enough. Plaudits will only be earned when they have strung together a number of good results.

    Posted by jimbop on April 5, 2009 06:45 PM | Reply to this comment

    Agree with all the comments about Colin Gregor but he's done the same for us several times this year. Don't know if it's his 7's experience but he often seems to be one move ahead of some of his team-mates and never lets his concentration drop. Scarlets were disappointing and the atmosphere at their posh new stadium was worse than Murrayfield - fans must be missing Stradey. Let's hope that rumours of us moving to Broadwood are completely unfounded or we'll need more than drums to generate our atmosphere.

    Posted by sunday5 on April 5, 2009 11:30 PM | Reply to this comment

    Broadwood? You're kidding, right? Because that isn't funny!

    Posted by uglyscorpion on April 5, 2009 07:48 PM | Reply to this comment

    Not a lot else to say? You had some negative stuff to say before the game, so how about something more positive? Defence was excellent, and fully committed. Gregor was excellent at full back and Morrison was outstanding in defence and attack, with the backs looking sharp and dangerous throughout. The pack competed for every ball, the highlight being when they turned the ball over when down to 7 men. Scarlets looked pitiful, even with their internationals returning - and Stephen Jones went home hungry.

    Posted by bossco85 on April 5, 2009 08:15 PM | Reply to this comment

    Yea fair point I had a lot of negative stuff to say before the game. But this is just one win, it doesn't make everything rosy in my eyes. The pack did play well and the backs where clinical, but the scarlets didn't offer much! It's a good result, im taking nothing from that, but it is still only one in a row, lets not get carried away! As i said, taking nothing away from a good performance, all we need to to do now is build on it!

    Posted by mediumsizedal on April 5, 2009 08:47 PM | Reply to this comment

    Sorry scorpion-I too had very negative comments before Saturday's game-and I still stand by them. Yes it was a great result, but until this team gets it's act together & starts churning out regular, predictable results,I repeat, they are not good enough. If you saw the game you will have seen that Scarlets had more of the ball, but were very poor. Producing the odd flash (Toulouse, Cardiff & this one) does not make a good team, grinding out results week after week (like Munster) does. But I agree, let's be positive-it's a start & if they keep up this level of performance for the remaining games then I will feel much more positive. I still think we need a prop, a hard man second row & a big bruiser at number 8 (like Rush?). Not surprised by the performance of Budgie-he is a very intelligent little footballer who performs well at scrum half or anywhere else (well, maybe not at 10!!)-he had a poor season last time, but has played well this year & is probably a better scrum half than McMillan. Still not too sure about Jackson as regular starting stand-off-maybe we need a seasoned 10 as well. Still-roll on Ulster!!

    Posted by gnasher on April 6, 2009 10:12 AM | Reply to this comment

    I agree we need more steel up front. Hines (if the rumour is accurate) would be good and a top rate prop. With a harder front five I think the back row will look after itself, Kelly Brown was excellent on Saturday. As for the backs, we've already got Cusiter but Jackson needs game time, which Sean is giving him, so yes we will need Dan (or somebody else for next season). Given the limitation on funds that would about do it.

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