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September 13, 2009

Glasgow Warriors 19 - 11 Llanelli Scarlets

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Sunday September 13th 2009 | 11 comments

Rob Dewey went over for Glasgow's try
Glasgow edged a tight contest at Firhill, holding their nerve as Dan Parks' haul of 14 points proved decisive.

Scotland international Parks played a key role - kicking three penalties, a conversion and a drop goal - as the Warriors collected their second successive home league win.

The Scarlets, winless in Glasgow since 2003, missed out on what would have been a deserved losing bonus point when Parks potted a late penalty to push the margin to eight points.

The respective place-kickers, Parks and Scarlets number 10 Rhys Priestland, missed two shots at the posts apiece during a relatively incident-free opening quarter.

Neither side could stamp their authority on proceedings, with the well-organised defences shutting down most of the attacking forays.

Glasgow suffered some early setbacks as Parks' two misses were followed by a match-ending injury for prop Moray Low.

On 15 minutes, Priestland was narrowly wide with a penalty attempt from inside his own half, and the young stand-off failed to punish Glasgow skipper Alistair Kellock for a tackle infringement - drawing his second effort away to the right of the target.

There was pressure on the Scarlets when Parks launched a probing kick towards the left corner, and Kellock did well to block down a subsequent clearance attempt from visiting scrum half Martin Roberts.

Glasgow were beginning to look the part and after Parks made a slashing break through midfield and Brown kept the move going close to the touchline, Kellock was mauled forward to within metres of the try-line.

Dafydd Jones managed to save his side's bacon under the posts, competing brilliantly for a ground ball and forcing a relieving penalty.

But the deadlock was broken by the Warriors on 29 minutes when big winger Rob Dewey galloped over for his first league try for the club.

Full-back Bernardo Stortoni made the initial incision on the left, the ball was spread out to the right, aided by some good clearing out from the forwards, and a looping pass from Parks put Dewey over in the corner.

Parks added the tricky conversion but the Scarlets bounced back with a converted try, three minutes later.

Daniel Evans came up in the line, taking a perfectly-timed pass from Jonathan Davies and the fleet-footed full-back put the afterburners on to cross the whitewash from 40 metres out.

There were question marks over whether Davies' pass was actually a forward one, however the try stood and went unconverted.

Evans tried his luck with a long range drop goal shot which had the distance but not the accuracy. Still, the Scarlets ended the half in good stead and a penalty from Priestland, after a ruck offence by Chris Cusiter, gave them an 8-7 buffer to take into the break.

Both sides engineered try-scoring chances on the restart. A crossfield kick from Parks was gobbled up by winger Thom Evans but his international colleague Sean Lamont was quick to close him down.

A bustling run by Scarlets hooker Ken Owens deserved more, yet a lofted pass from Priestland was spilled by an unmarked Iestyn Thomas with the line in sight.

Parks and Priestland traded penalty goals, the latter kicking the Scarlets back in front at 11-10 after Brown was spotted coming in at the side of a ruck.

Building for a final quarter push, the Scarlets mauled forward from a lineout in the hosts' 22 and prop Deacon Manu missed a gilt-edged chance to touch down in the left corner.

He looked to have done the hard work as he bounced off a tackle from Dewey, but he agonisingly lost control of the ball as he twisted his way over the try-line.

That was a major turning point in the game and Glasgow - helped by their hard-grafting back row - regained the lead soon after, courtesy of a well-taken drop goal from Parks.

The fly-half's influence was growing and he popped over another penalty on 67 minutes, just moments after Scarlets replacement Simon Easterby was sin-binned for lashing out at Graeme Morrison.

A TMO decision brought Glasgow no joy as they went in search of a clinching try, while the ever ready Stortoni was denied a try by a superb challenge close to his posts by Mark Jones.

The 14-man Scarlets could not hold out though, and when Evans was whistled up for holding onto possession on the deck, a third and final penalty from Parks confirmed a satisfying result for Sean Lineen and his players.

Referee John Lacey (Ireland)
Attendance 2,582
Man of the Match
Jon Welsh
Dougie Hall
Moray Low
Tim Barker
Alastair Kellock
Kelly Brown
John Barclay
John Beattie
Chris Cusiter
Dan Parks
Thom Evans
Graeme Morrison
Peter Murchie
Rob Dewey
Bernardo Stortoni
Pat MacArthur
Kevin Tkachuk
Dan Turner
Richie Vernon
Mark McMillan
Colin Gregor
Colin Shaw
Match Substitutions
Off On
Moray Low Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Chris Cusiter Mark McMillan
Off On
Thom Evans Colin Shaw
Off On
John Beattie Richie Vernon
Off On
Alastair Kellock Dan Turner
Off On
Rob Dewey Colin Gregor
Rob Dewey Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Drop
Dan Parks Penalty
    Posted by sunday5 on September 13, 2009 07:58 PM | Reply to this comment

    Colin Shaw.... Interesting...

    Posted by s153 on September 14, 2009 07:43 AM | Reply to this comment


    Posted by sunday5 on September 14, 2009 09:27 AM | Reply to this comment

    I just thought that although he was only on the field for a short time he did well. I even thought he brought more to the table than Evans did. Dare I say it?? Nobody tries harder or looks hungrier than Shaw.

    Not to say anything derogatory about Evans you understand, everyone is allowed an off game but he seems to have lost a bit of pace and the big question of who would come out on top between him and Lamont was conclusively answered, in my opinion anyway.

    Posted by S153 on September 14, 2009 12:56 PM | Reply to this comment

    No problem, I rate Shawzy highly but he's been unlucky with injuries and seems to have been down Lineen's pecking order. But he is a good player and fearless in the tackle.

    Posted by S153 on September 14, 2009 12:57 PM | Reply to this comment

    No problem, I rate Shawzy highly but he's been unlucky with injuries and seems to have been down Lineen's pecking order. But he is a good player and fearless in the tackle.

    Posted by Derek on September 13, 2009 09:14 PM | Reply to this comment

    Going to keep beating the drum.....2,582...... come one they are seriously saying that the stand was less than half full?

    Posted by sunday5 on September 14, 2009 09:21 AM | Reply to this comment

    There were loads of empty seats around me and when I was walking towards the stadium 15 mins before kick off the place was deserted. 2582 sounds about right I'm sorry to say.

    Posted by lineens weegie army on September 14, 2009 10:34 AM | Reply to this comment

    look on the bright side - we would have been over the moon with 2,500 last season, but were disapointed this season.

    Posted by AJPatterson on September 14, 2009 11:42 AM | Reply to this comment

    I think the timing wasn't ideal as there will be a number of people with family commitments etc. and who had organised other stuff for the Sunday thinking that the match would be on a Friday. So 2,500 isn't bad considering.

    Posted by mike13 on September 14, 2009 08:45 AM | Reply to this comment

    I thought the same sitting in the centre but when i watched the game back on S4C i was surprised there was so much space at the sides with 1 & 1/2 empty sections at both sides and hardly anyone in the first 4 or 5 rows. Its certainly busier than i've seen it in previous seasons though so progress at least.

    Posted by Derek on September 14, 2009 09:20 PM | Reply to this comment

    Fair comments! Just saw the game on the TV and the stand does have a few empty seats! Lesson learned never post after 12 Magners!

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