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September 25, 2009

Glasgow Warriors 16 - 26 Ospreys

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Friday September 25th 2009 | 19 comments

Dave McCall scored a debut try
A superb individual try from Tommy Bowe sparked a come-from-behind win for the Ospreys at Glasgow on Friday night but Glasgow had held a 16-6 lead at half-time thanks to Dave McCall's try and the kicking of fly-half Dan Parks.

But Bowe's trickery and pace, a powerful try from fellow wing Nikki Walker and 13 points from Dan Biggar's boot saw Ospreys rack up the points.

Glasgow looked for a way back into the game but Ospreys captain Ryan Jones marshalled his defence magnificently.

Typically of the way the Ospreys have started the season - an opening win at Connacht followed by lacklustre home defeats to Ulster and Leinster - they gifted their opponents early points at the start of the match.

Tom Smith spilled the kick-off and the Ospreys then dropped the defensive scrum, allowing Glasgow fly-half Parks an easy penalty chance that he scuffed but sent over.

Then from the next Glasgow attack Steve Tandy put in a good tackle but the openside was then slow to roll away and Parks doubled Glasgow's lead.

The Ospreys hit back when Biggar aborted a set move because of painfully slow ball and the fly-half took the sensible option of knocking over a drop-goal instead.

Parks tried to reply in kind but was unfortunate that his steepling kick was judged to have veered just wide of the right post.

Ospreys lost flanker Tandy early to injury but were able to call on former New Zealand back-row Jerry Collins from the bench.

Glasgow were still looking the more composed side but the Ospreys were able to cut down the mistakes and make some territorial inroads, allowing Biggar to kick a penalty to level the scores 6-6.

But a line-busting run by wing Rob Dewey drove Glasgow to within a sniff of the Welsh line and Parks' cross-kick was batted back by Kelly Brown for McCall to score.

Parks converted the difficult kick from near the right touchline and then flashed over a drop-goal to underline Glasgow's first-half superiority and a 16-6 lead.

Biggar cut the deficit with his second penalty soon after the restart, but the Ospreys then lost centre Sonny Parker to the sin bin for a shoulder charge.

That perversely sparked a purple patch for the visitors who reeled off 17 points in quick succession.

The romp was sparked by a fine solo try from Bowe, the Lions and Ireland wing showing the ball to entice the Glasgow defence out of alignment and then taking Parks on the outside shoulder.

Biggar continued his excellent kicking display with the extras and a penalty for good measure, then adding another conversion when Walker went over.

The Ospreys' Scotland wing arrived off the bench - appearing in place of Parker once the yellow card had wound down - and promptly barged through McCall and Dewey to score.

The pace of Thom Evans chasing a deep kick put enough pressure on Opsreys full-back Lee Byrne to fluff his clearance.

But Glasgow failed to capitalise on the attacking opportunity gifted to them and the Ospreys controlled the ball to run down the clock and claim their second win of the season.

Referee Simon McDowell(Ireland)
Attendance 3,108
Team
1
Jon Welsh
2
Dougie Hall
3
Moray Low
4
Tim Barker
5
Alastair Kellock
6
Kelly Brown
7
John Barclay
8
John Beattie
9
Chris Cusiter
10
Dan Parks
11
Thom Evans
12
Graeme Morrison
13
Dave McCall
14
Rob Dewey
15
Bernardo Stortoni
Sub
Pat MacArthur
Sub
Kevin Tkachuk
Sub
Dan Turner
Sub
Richie Vernon
Sub
Mark McMillan
Sub
Colin Gregor
Sub
Hefin O'Hare
Match Substitutions
Off On
Chris Cusiter Mark McMillan
Off On
Tim Barker Dan Turner
Off On
Kelly Brown Richie Vernon
Off On
Jon Welsh Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Rob Dewey Hefin O'Hare
Off On
Bernardo Stortoni Colin Gregor
Off On
Dougie Hall Pat MacArthur
Scorers
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dave McCall Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Drop
Posted by Alan on September 26, 2009 12:12 AM | Reply to this comment

A great try by Dave MCCall in his first game for Glasgow!

Posted by Sir William Of Idol on September 26, 2009 01:07 AM | Reply to this comment

Gonnae sum-buddy please explain the 20 point 'gift' eftir hawf-time.... Wrap it up as you will, a loss is a loss. Paper and tables don't lie. However, managers and head coaches do....

Stop talkin' gie us some hope, cos rightabout now, Rob Moffat is laughing up his sleeve - not that its a bad thing; Boxing day and the 2nd Jan looks like a waste o' petrol...

Posted by DrGreg on September 26, 2009 09:32 AM | Reply to this comment

Gutted that we threw away a decent lead in the 2nd half. The Scotsman match report has a go at the referee and I know that in rugby you are meant not meant to blame the referee for losing a game, but this one was so inconsistent and made too many bizarre decisions. The situation wasn't helped by totally gutless and myopic linesmen who never once flagged any for anything. Even Tommy Bowe could be seen remonstrating with the linesman for something blatant that he and the ref had missed. Nikki Walker's try should have been disallowed for either a preceding forward pass or for at least 2 illegal blocks just before the touchdown. In the 2nd half the ospreys were lying over the ball, going of their feet and coming in from the side at every breakdown. Alun wyn jones came in to the side of a ruck so illegally that he missed it altogether and passed behind our scrum half. The icing on the cake had to be the scrum where we were pushing them back and the ref awarded a penalty to the ospreys coz he said we'd pulled it down, a difficult trick to pull off when you actually shoving the opposition backwards and are still on your feet. Rant over.

Posted by way_ahead on September 26, 2009 10:01 AM | Reply to this comment

worried, really worried

we look fragile - horrible feeling about table reading Connacht and Glasgow propping up table

Posted by sunday5 on September 26, 2009 10:40 AM | Reply to this comment

Good crowd size. How was the Scrum?

Posted by Moody Blue on September 26, 2009 11:02 AM | Reply to this comment

DrGreg spot on about ref. Shocker.
Still look like we are a hard player short in front 5 - if only we had the money to have got Nathan Hines or Jason White in the Summer.John Barclay got a couple of shocking hits and seems to take that of a lot of teams. Cynical. We never seemed to bring Thom into the game in any kind of space; we really do need Max back for creativity behind. And big Rob D - he has some attributes but his weaknesses really are that and I doubt he will make it as a winger.

Posted by S153 on September 26, 2009 05:57 PM | Reply to this comment

Come on how can you blame the referee and linesman for continually kicking away posession and playing with out an ounce of pride or professionalism, as well as the missed tackles.

It was embarrasing and the excuses still keep coming from Lineen.

The worst bit for me was Barclay lying flat out in the middle of the pitch feigning injury whilst the Ospreys romped up the park for another try. When he realised he wasn't going to be able to con the referee he got up and sprinted away. Pathetic.

Lineen just sits in the stand and shakes his head. He was an integral part of the previous coaching set up and failed miserably then, just as he is doing now.

It simply isn't good enough.

Posted by andrew on September 26, 2009 06:55 PM | Reply to this comment

"feigning injury"......are you serious? if you have such a downer on the team and are so negative about everything that happens then dont go. barclay is the one player on that field that will never give up or stop giving his all.

Posted by bro on September 27, 2009 12:18 PM | Reply to this comment

Pathetic stuff from you S153

Posted by s153 on September 28, 2009 07:42 AM | Reply to this comment

I call it as I see it, you may watch the game through Lineen's rose tinted milk bottles, I don't.
Watched the game yesterday again and Barclay pretended to be injured, he lay on the ground then looked up, saw that play had moved on and he mad a miraculous recovery and sprinted back into action. It was there for all to see. Of course by then it was to late and the Ospreys had scored a try.
You might want to defned the indefensible, I can't and won't.
There was no one happier than me with the first two results, the last two have been shockers.
A 20 point turnaround in the second half at home is pathetic.

Posted by bro on September 28, 2009 10:36 AM | Reply to this comment

Your medical qualifications must be pretty impressive to be able make a judgement on Barclay's state of health all the way from the main stand. You may call it as you see it but you'd be better off thinking before you post such drivel.

Posted by S153 on September 28, 2009 08:58 PM | Reply to this comment

No medical qualifications needed. If a player hits the turf and lies there as if they have been pole axed for a while then looks up to see play has moved on then quickly jumps to his feet and rejoins the game (whilst I may add the other team scored a try), then there is eff all wrong with him and he was trying to cheat.

The only drivel is coming from you old son and your pathetic defense of a blatant cheat!

Posted by bro on September 28, 2009 11:08 PM | Reply to this comment

You really ought to chuck it. You're just embarrassing yourself, but looking back at some of your previous posts, it comes as no surprise.

Posted by GMJ on September 26, 2009 11:41 AM | Reply to this comment

Dr Greg, agree totally.

What about the touch judge Mr Allan, who was on the dugout side in the second half.

The move prior to Ospreys try, when the winger recieved the ball in his own half. The ball was a forward pass, spotted by the touch judge, who stopped and spoke into his communication equipment, to in-form the referee. Referee lets play continue, touch judge sets off after play and eventually catches up after Rob Dewey kicked the ball out of play. Mr Allan indicates its a Glasgow throw, which it is obviously not. Oepreys win line out, two phases later score try.

What is the point of match officials being "miked up" if they are not going to use equipment properly?

PS Getting as bad as football, always discussing referees, however I pay good money to watch honest game of rugby, not one spoiled by bad officiating.

Posted by bambisalterego on September 27, 2009 03:04 PM | Reply to this comment

Totally agree with all JMG says - in fact the fellow I was sitting in front of said exactly the same thing! Touch judges should just have the mikes taken away from them as they only appear to use them if it will get them some attention. The general standard of officiating is abysmal these days in Scotland. I watched a Prem 2 game yesterday where, although one side was winning easily, the ref and his accomplices were the worst participants on the park by a long way. The SRU should do something about this!

Posted by Kazakh Warrior on September 26, 2009 02:03 PM | Reply to this comment

I believe Mr McDowell was the very same man that Matt Williams got hot under the collar about for his performances refereeing Scotland matches.

Remember Ally Hogg's supposed "foot in touch" ?

Posted by weebaw on September 27, 2009 12:58 PM | Reply to this comment

Aye, the ref was one of the worst I've ever seen.The penalty for the scrum collapse was outrageous and got them into the game in the 2nd half.

I know we might have picked up a yellow, but the backs and asses of the Ospreys should br red raw from shoeings. At least this may have pointed out to the ref what was going on.
And why was the no 10 not yellowed for blatantly picking the ball up 20 yards offside when the full back sclaffed his kick? Evans would probably have scored.

However we do need to get streetwise and play on incompetent refs like McDowell. We're far too nice.

Posted by Tom on September 28, 2009 08:03 PM | Reply to this comment

I agree the ref was bad, but really the Ospreys were too street wise for us. They played on the very edge of the rules all game and got away with it. The blatant block to allow the sub ( I don't remember his name!) a one on one with Dave Mcall to get the last try was brutal.

Posted by Hugues on September 28, 2009 06:00 AM | Reply to this comment

Maybe right about the bad ref,
Glasgow at HOME, not scoring in the second half with 10mns at 15 V 14.........
Glasgow needs a STRONG ball carrier and a real powerfull 2nd row.
Kellock is a good player but so light, Alun-Wyn Jones should have been bullied often.

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