March 05, 2010
Connacht 19 - 19 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Sportsground on Friday March 5th 2010 | 9 comments
DTH van der Merwe went over for Glasgow's first try A last-gasp try from James Eddie saved Glasgow from defeat in tonight's Magners League clash against Connacht in Galway.
The try from the big flanker levelled the game at 19-19 but Colin Gregor couldn't make the conversion that would have given Glasgow the win.
Leading 14-3 thanks to three Ruaridh Jackson penalties and a try from DTH van der Merwe, Glasgow looked set to take the spoils.
However, bottom side Connacht engineered a tremendous fightback, with Ian Keatley kicking two penalties and converting a slick solo try from Gavin Duffy.
Keatley's fourth successful penalty, three minutes from time and with Glasgow's Calum Forrester in the sin-bin, looked to be the match-winning score, but Eddie had other ideas and he scrambled over in the left corner, with the grounding confirmed by TMO Dermot Moloney.
Connacht showed their intent early on with a barnstorming run from George Naoupu and chip through from Fionn Carr, but Glasgow were able to deal with the danger.
Warriors' Argentinian star Bernardo Stortoni threatened in broken play and the visitors built forward pressure before Jackson sent a tame drop-goal effort wide of the posts.
But Glasgow were first off the mark after 12 minutes when Connacht prop Brett Wilkinson was pinged for a ruck and Jackson nailed a kick from a central position.
Jon Welsh and Richie Vernon carried well for Glasgow as they tried to tie the Connacht defence in, but a block down by hooker Sean Cronin got the Irish province on the march and their first bit of decent territory yielded a successful penalty for Keatley, 24 minutes in.
That good work was undone, three minutes later, when Johnny O'Connor was singled out for going off his feet at a ruck and Jackson quickly made it 6-3.
The first 40 minutes had been pockmarked with mistakes, and a Connacht knock-on and offside, as the second half began, allowed Jackson to kick Glasgow 9-3 clear.
Jackson then missed his first place-kick, after Connacht lock Mike McCarthy saw yellow for infringing at a ruck, and Carr showed his attacking skills, hacking on twice before van der Merwe rescued the situation for the Scots.
Glasgow put 11 points between the sides in the 48th minute when Jackson initiated a purposeful counter-attack and big Canadian winger van der Merwe finished off a slick move down the left involving four players.
But the try went unconverted and Michael Bradley's men managed to play their way back into contention.
Carr, Aidan Wynne and the hard-working Naoupu took the ball up and Glasgow were marched back into their 22 before full-back Duffy ran against the grain and caught Glasgow on the drift as he eased past tackles from Mark McMillan and Ed Kalman to touch down behind the posts.
Keatley tapped over the conversion and maintained his 100% record with a fourth penalty but 14-man Glasgow increased the tempo with a series of late pick and drives, sucking a tiring Connacht defence in before James Eddie - making his 50th appearance for Glasgow - found space to squeeze over in the corner.
A draw snatched from the jaws of a defeat snatched from the jaws of a win! Hustle!
"...with the grounding confirmed by TMO Dermot Moloney"
Had to read that bit twice !
Suppose brining points back from Connacht (with James Jones in charge as well) is making the best from a bad situation.
Was following the scores in the Magners site. It seemed we built up an 11 point lead only to concede 16 unanswered right after the subs came on as usual at 50mins. Co-incidence?
Ulster losing puts them under real pressure, so it was 2 points gained on them! Hopefully Dragons lose this weekend and if the O's can do us a favour against Edinburgh then it will have been a decent weekend. All things considered.
I think its going to come down to a fight between us and Edinburgh for the playoff place.
Does that not mean that the Irish and Ospreys will be above us in the table?
Unless we win everything and Munster/Leinster/Os drop easy game we don't have a realistic shot at anything better than 3rd. As a result it's more important that our opponents for 4th (Edinburgh principally) lose games than the team above us lose games. In fact, Munster Leisnter Os losing games would mean Ulster and Edinburgh winning matches which would be bad for us.
Sure Moray Low was playing?
Jim's try was a well deserved one, after the boys held their nerve and kept patient to work through several phases to get the 5 points. Thought Connacht looked very sharp, and very determined to get the win, so it was a relief to get the draw at the end. Much improved on the Cardiff performance on the whole, but still work to vbe done in certain positions.
I totally agree with Vicki, the try was well deserved for James. He worked hard all game and got his reward which ended up being valuable for Glasgow. He was loitering out on the wing for ages, maybe a wee thought ! James Jones had his usual game. Nobody could fathom out his decisions which particularly annoyed the home support.
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