September 12, 2010
Newport Gwent Dragons 23 - 11 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Rodney Parade on Sunday September 12th 2010 | 13 comments
Colin Gregor made his first appearance of the season Glasgow Warriors were out-muscled at Rodney Parade as they went down 23-11 to the Dragons.
The damage was done in the first half as sloppy play and poor discipline allowed the Dragons to build a 23-3 lead.
Tries from Robin Sowden-Taylor and Aled Brew helped the Dragons to a comfortable lead although Glasgow's cause wasn't helped as Tom Ryder was sent to the sin-bin on 31 minutes for killing the ball at a ruck.
The Warriors improved after the break, with Richie Gray going over after a fine break from Richie Vernon.
Ruaridh Jackson also added a long penalty to his first-half kick but was surprisingly replaced straight after by Duncan Weir.
The Warriors continued to push the pace but too often lacked the composure to turn pressure into points.
Glasgow went down to 14-men again when with six minutes to go DTH van der Merwe was sin-binned - on the recommendation of the local touch judge - for a hand to the face.
Glasgow now have two home games to get themselves back on track - against Connacht and Munster.
“Against a fairly average Dragons team, these guys didn’t front up in the first half,” said Glasgow coach Sean Lineen. “We just got bullied again.
“It was an appalling first half. We got bullied up front, there was no direction. We were too slow to clear the ball and no one really wanted the ball. We knew the first 20 minutes would be really important but there was no spark there.
“There are no excuses, absolutely none. The lads are better than that, a lot better than that. There were a lot of youngsters out there and they didn’t front up. We brought a few guys on and there was a bit more venom up front, but any time we got momentum, something would happen.”
I think Aled Brew can look forward to a citing
Lineen replacing Jackson with Weir at the point he did was a mistake. Glasgow had built up a bit of momentum but lost it after the change.
Totally disagree. Weir gave direction when he came on. Jackson made poor decisions all day, yes he made some nice kicks but he choose the wrong option a few times and gave the ball away cheaply. Weir is the better 10 without any doubt.
No doubt we were out-muscled - but once again Glasgow were stitched up by poor officiating. DTH goes to the bin for what was a bit of handbags - on the say-so of the touch judge? A local touch-judge I believe? When our own local touch-judges at Firhill wont say boo to a goose? For fear of appearing partisan perhaps?
Then all three officials miss a blatant spear-tackle on DTH? The second game in a row where a piece of dangerous play has gone unnoticed and unpunished by the officials. The safety of our players is at stake here. Week in week out im astounded by the amateur calibre of referees and touch judges - the Aviva Premiership wouldnt stand for it.
I agree, it looked like a spear tackle .. but did Warriors report it to the citing commissioner? If not, then they must disagree with you. Two officials watched the incident from a few meters and saw nothing wrong :(
I agree gumpy, a citing for a bloody obvious spear tackle and i felt after DTH came back on he was targeted anyone agree?
Sin binned for a hand off? C'mon what's next yellow cards for callin props fat!!!!
hey i resemble that remark .... but i was a hooker!
Pleasant game to watch, however i'll be chauvinist there.
I honestly think too much is being made of the Ref's performance. We did not lose the game because of the Officials, yes he made some strange calls late in the game. But let's not get away from the main point is that in the first half we were very poor.
Sean puts its best
"It was an appalling first half. We got bullied up front, there was no direction. We were too slow to clear the ball and no one really wanted the ball. There are no excuses, absolutely none."
They were truly awful in the 1st half - they were bullied and they are definitely missing that all-international back row.
BUT - I a pretty sketchy yellow card when Glasgow were starting to build up some momentum? - fairly relevant I think. And two yellow cards to nil in that game? Against the Dragons? Give me a break. The officials have to be smarter and spot the infringements that lead to the reactions from our players. Our players have to be wiser and not react - but we are missing a fair few old heads. Sorely missing Al's leadership - as much as I respect Bernie.
we were shocking in the first half and its all to blame however ruaridh jackson had good game and that half way kick was phenominal but what does duncan weir need to do to get a start to me he is just the man we need s our team have adopted to playing under dans style of play wich duncan ressembless.
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