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December 20, 2009

Gloucester 19 - 6 Glasgow Warriors

Heineken Cup match played at Kingsholm on Sunday December 20th 2009 | 16 comments

Dan's 6 points were not enough to clinch a win for Glasgow (Photo: Courtesy of Vincent - www.auvergne-rugby.fr)
Gloucester produced a devastating second-half to come from behind and beat Glasgow Warriors in the Heineken Cup Pool Two clash at Kingsholm.

Two Dan Parks penalties had handed Glasgow a 6-0 interval lead, but Gloucester responded with 19 unanswered second-half points.

Biarritz are all but assured of a quarter-final place as group winners with an unbeaten record, but Gloucester have now seized control of the battle for the runners-up spot after a second win of the competition with two preliminary matches remaining.

The Glasgow pack were the heroes of the first-half.

Time after time as the English side drove into the Warriors' 22 they were either turned over or penalised by referee Jerome Garces.

Glasgow lock Richie Gray was in the thick of it and stole the line-out throw-in of hooker Scott Lawson three times.

Parks kicked a penalty after Gloucester flanker Andy Hazell was sin-binned for killing the ball at a ruck.

With a man down, Gloucester's pack was weakened, although they did create the best try-scoring chance of the half through a multi-handed movement that flew from their own 22 to the point of touching down.

However, with Gloucester queuing up to score, wing Dave McCall rescued Glasgow by intercepting an intended scoring pass from Lawson to another Scotland international, flanker Alasdair Strokosch.

Glasgow increased their lead through a long-range drop-goal from Parks and, with Gray, captain Alastair Kellock and tight-head prop Moray Low leading from the front, it was looking bright for the Scotsmen.

Gloucester fly-half Robinson reduced the arrears with a 40-metre penalty that bounced off the crossbar on its way over and levelled the score after 50 minutes with another successful three-point attempt.

Full-back Olly Morgan then dropped the ball with the try-line wide open, while Glasgow scrum-half Chris Cusiter produced a brilliant tackle to deny Gloucester wing Tom Voyce a try in the left corner.

Eventually, though, the pressure told as Robinson threw the ball out right to back row Luke Narraway.

The England international cleverly flipped the ball to wing James Simpson-Daniel who, in turn, fed fellow wing Sharples to sneak past three defenders and score.

Morgan and Sharples were present again in the build-up towards Gloucester's second try which saw Strokosch deliver a sublime pass to lock Brown in the right corner.

And only a forward pass to Sharples denied the wing a third try on the final whistle as Glasgow finished well beaten.

Referee Jerome Garces (France)
Attendance 10,342
Team
1
Jon Welsh
2
Dougie Hall
3
Moray Low
4
Alastair Kellock
5
Richie Gray
6
Kelly Brown
7
John Barclay
8
Richie Vernon
9
Chris Cusiter
10
Dan Parks
11
DTH van der Merwe
12
Graeme Morrison
13
Max Evans
14
Dave McCall
15
Bernardo Stortoni
Sub
Fergus Thomson
Sub
Kevin Tkachuk
Sub
Ed Kalman
Sub
Dan Turner
Sub
John Beattie
Sub
Mark McMillan
Sub
Colin Gregor
Sub
Colin Shaw
Match Substitutions
Off On
Jon Welsh Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Richie Gray Dan Turner
Off On
Chris Cusiter Mark McMillan
Off On
Max Evans Colin Shaw
Off On
Dougie Hall Fergus Thomson
Off On
Richie Vernon John Beattie
Off On
Bernardo Stortoni Colin Gregor
Off On
Moray Low Ed Kalman
Scorers
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Drop
Posted by Ed on December 20, 2009 07:26 PM | Reply to this comment

Sounded like a good 1st half and a desperate 2nd. Lineen doesn't appear to have done much good with a raft of substitutions.

Posted by Kazakh Warrior on December 21, 2009 03:39 AM | Reply to this comment

The boys worked hard - but as Lineen says, Gloucester were absolutely desperate, and fighting for jobs really. Glasgow did not need this as much as them. I think we tired mentally in the second.
The turning point was definitely Somerville, who gave young Welsh a hard time, and carried on with T-Bone. Mind you, it's great that Welsh now has the experience of scrumming against a guy like him.

I agree, the subs didn't improve things much, although I'd have liked to have seen more of Shawsy. If big Richie V had had a winger on his shoulder when he broke, it's have been interesting - and try for us could have altered the mindset of both sides.

If's and but's - Glasgow need to refresh for next Saturday - that's the real interesting one, and we need our hunger back!

Posted by sunday5 on December 21, 2009 11:01 AM | Reply to this comment

I remember thinking at half time that the boys were heros to a man regardless of the end result and I still feel that way. I think it all started going wrong when Welsh went off but it was one of those games where from 45-65 mins every result went away from us and this causes heads to go down.

All in all Gloucester deserved it and good luck to them but perhaps they'll have a little more respect for Scottish sides. After 160 minutes of rugby the had the upper hand in 35 of them...

Posted by lrug on December 21, 2009 12:08 PM | Reply to this comment

I agree completely, sunday5.

Posted by kpbear on December 21, 2009 12:29 PM | Reply to this comment

kasakh- were you drunk? sommerville outfought welshy, never! the welshy warriors are upset. during the game welshy and the pastit man were never in a scrum. last week at firhill welshy proved sommerville was an old man to such an extent he was on the bench this week. he gave welshy a hard time.? sober up. and make sure your at firhill next saturday! lets have sensible opinions.

Posted by Hugues on December 21, 2009 02:47 PM | Reply to this comment

I thought the next game was next Sunday?
Is that right?

Posted by clydetheglide on December 21, 2009 02:42 PM | Reply to this comment

Seriously have to question the decision to sub Welsh when there was a scrum in our own 22. Any collapse/infringement at a scrum after a sub has come on is going to go the way of the other team. Don't think it was any coincidence that we stopped getting good scrummage ball after Welsh went off, and stopped winning line-out ball on the opposition throw when Richie Gray was subbed.
I have a lot of time for Sean Lineen and the coaching staff, however it would nice if he held his hand up when he has made mistakes, and the above substitutions yesterday were serious gaffs (unless they had injuries that were not obvious to see).

Posted by Alsfan on December 21, 2009 10:49 PM | Reply to this comment

not just in the 22 but almost under our posts! Why sub a prop who has been playing well at that crucial point? Explain Mr Lineen

Posted by kpbear on December 21, 2009 03:32 PM | Reply to this comment

hugues you miss the point, read kazakh talking about big welshy and then he goes on to talk about next saturdays game your right it is sunday. but kasakh will be there saturday! just giving him some verbal abuse! of course i do hope he has sobered up by then! and said sorry to welshy! kp bear

Posted by Kazakh Warrior on December 22, 2009 01:39 PM | Reply to this comment

Are you telling me that Welshy did not actually scrum against Somerville? If that's so, I must have been drunk watching it, coz I thought he got subbed because of it! Oh well in that case I do apologise to Jon, but I just remember Somerville doing extremely well when he came on. I have to admit, I have been very impressed with Welsh, and hope he continues his rise. It's great to see to Scottish props, keep the imports out of a starting berth.

And incidentally, I won't be there on Saturday or Sunday, because I work in Kazakhstan, but I'll be back home in time for the Murrayfield match, whatever day the SRU eventually decide to play that one on!

Merry Christmas.

Posted by Kazakh Warrior on December 22, 2009 01:45 PM | Reply to this comment

FYI - Excerpt from ERC website match report...

46 Gloucester Rugby Substitution - G Somerville on for P Doran-Jones
47 Gloucester Rugby It's on again, Voyce is just stopped short and, on 10th phase Delve tries to bundle his way over
48 Glasgow Warriors Glasgow win turnover ball, good discipline saving them from conceding a try
49 Gloucester Rugby Dominant scrum from Gloucester and they win a penalty as Glasgow's scrum crumbles
50 Gloucester Rugby Penalty kick - N Robinson
The sides are level as Robinson slots the three-pointer
50 Gloucester Rugby Substitution - E Fuimaono-Sapolu on for T Molenaar
50 Glasgow Warriors Substitution - K Tkachuk on for J Welsh

Posted by Kazakh Warrior on December 22, 2009 01:46 PM | Reply to this comment

ERC Website...

46 Gloucester Rugby Substitution - G Somerville on for P Doran-Jones
47 Gloucester Rugby It's on again, Voyce is just stopped short and, on 10th phase Delve tries to bundle his way over
48 Glasgow Warriors Glasgow win turnover ball, good discipline saving them from conceding a try
49 Gloucester Rugby Dominant scrum from Gloucester and they win a penalty as Glasgow's scrum crumbles
50 Gloucester Rugby Penalty kick - N Robinson
The sides are level as Robinson slots the three-pointer
50 Gloucester Rugby Substitution - E Fuimaono-Sapolu on for T Molenaar
50 Glasgow Warriors Substitution - K Tkachuk on for J Welsh

Posted by kpbear on December 22, 2009 04:11 PM | Reply to this comment

kazakh
welshy was subbed at 49 mins guaranteed. he never scrummed against the pastit man. if he had then the pastit man would have known about it. i take it you have read the other posters who draw attention to mr lineens tactics on substitutions at sundays game. this match up reminds me of my other sport boxing! the long time champ doesn't know he is past it until the young boy coming up takes his title. thats what happened at firhill last week. and the boy always gives a rematch. an article in scotland on sunday says " jon welsh and murray low are the ian mclaughlan and sandy carmichael of their day." high praise indeed. anyway its nice to see that you have said sorry and the champ appreciates it. he was upset getting dragged into something he wasn't involved in!

Posted by sunday5 on December 22, 2009 05:13 PM | Reply to this comment

I thought boxers were always the first to know they're past it and always the last to admit it...

Posted by kpbear on December 22, 2009 05:38 PM | Reply to this comment

sunday5 last to know and last to admit it
you mean like ali? and yes sunday5 make sure you are at firhill ...eh ......not saturday but sunday? right kazakh!

Posted by kpbear on December 22, 2009 05:40 PM | Reply to this comment

sunday5 last to know and last to admit it
you mean like ali? and yes sunday5 make sure you are at firhill ...eh ......not saturday but sunday? right kazakh!

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