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October 07, 2011

Glasgow Warriors 24 - 19 Newport Gwent Dragons

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Friday October 7th 2011 | 3 comments

Duncan Weir grabbed all of Glasgow's points
A virtuoso kicking display from fly-half Duncan Weir saw Glasgow break their winning duck at home this term.

Weir's eight successful penalty attempts accounted for all his side's points, and in the process he equalled the RaboDirect Pro12 record for the most penalty goals in one game.

In response, Dragons number 10 Matthew Jones scored 11 points with the boot, their solitary try coming from Martyn Thomas, while replacement Jason Tovey landed a late penalty attempt.

Weir struck early with his first penalty, but the Glasgow lead was overturned moments later among a flurry of early activity.

Quick lineout ball was shifted inside allowing winger Mike Poole to bludgeon his way through the hosts' rearguard. His floated pass was gathered by the onrushing Thomas, who cantered in to score. Fly-half Jones converted before adding a penalty, struck sweetly from well within his own half.

A second penalty from Weir reduced the lead as the Glasgow backs finally began to click, Stuart Hogg and Colin Gregor looking particularly lively.

Hogg was heavily involved in the best move of the half, resulting in home captain Rob Harley careering up the touchline in the visiting 22. The move ground to a halt after six phases of flowing rugby, only to be called back for a penalty awarded after a body check on Hogg moments earlier. Weir maintained his 100 per cent record with the boot to draw his side within a point.

The Dragons were effective at the breakdown and solid in the backs, without ever reproducing the cutting edge they displayed for their first score, yet it was the visitors who went into the half-time break in control of the scoreboard.

Indiscipline among the Glasgow ranks at the breakdown handed Jones three more penalty attempts, two of which he converted with ease, the other passing narrowly wide of the uprights.

Weir responded with his fourth penalty on the stroke of half-time to reduce the gap to four points.

Firhill can provide an intimidating atmosphere at times, and as the vociferous home support got behind their side, the pendulum began to swing in Glasgow's favour.

Within 10 minutes they had regained the lead, Weir's deadly accurate right boot landing two further penalties, the second of which was reward for a spell of pressure in the Dragons' 22.

Colin Shaw thought he had squeezed over for a try, only to be penalised for failing to release the ball having been tackled, but Weir's strike ensured they did not come away empty-handed.

Glasgow's pack came into the reckoning as the match wore on and it was a matter of time until the Dragons' front row was penalised. When the penalty arrived, Weir nonchalantly knocked his effort between the uprights, displaying a confidence that has been lacking so far this season.

Entering the closing stage of the game, the Dragons brought the gap to within a single score, replacement stand-off Tovey slotting a penalty to remind their hosts of the danger the Welsh counter-attack posed.

Weir maintained his imperious form with the boot to slot an eighth straight penalty only moments later to secure Glasgow's first home win of the season.

Head coach, Sean Lineen, said: “I’m so proud of the guys tonight. The youngsters have come out and put their hands up and put in some fantastic performances, for instance Chris Fusaro and Stuart Hogg, and Duncan Weir kicking eight from eight.

“Also Tommy Seymour was outstanding on the wing, he really marshalled the defence. I’m delighted for the players, particularly as we have turned around from the Treviso match a fortnight ago.

“We now have a short break and when we come back we will be integrating the players who have been away in New Zealand back into the fold. Then we’re back here for the Osprey’s, where there will be so many guys challenging for places.”

Referee Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Attendance 2705
Man of the Match Duncan Weir
Ryan Grant
Finlay Gillies
Michael Cusack
Tom Ryder
Rob Verbakel
Robert Harley
Chris Fusaro
John Beattie
Colin Gregor
Duncan Weir
Colin Shaw
Troy Nathan
Rob Dewey
Tommy Seymour
Stuart Hogg
Pat MacArthur
Gordon Reid
Ed Kalman
James Eddie
Ryan Wilson
Henry Pyrgos
Alex Dunbar
Peter Horne
Match Substitutions
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Finlay Gillies Pat MacArthur
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John Beattie Ryan Wilson
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Michael Cusack Ed Kalman
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Troy Nathan Peter Horne
Off On
Rob Verbakel James Eddie
Off On
Rob Dewey Alex Dunbar
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Posted by GlasgowFan on October 8, 2011 07:20 PM | Reply to this comment

How can Sean be pleased with this performance? We were lucky to win and we didnt deserve it ! did glasgow turn into cardiff last night? answer on a postcard please.

Posted by demosthenes on October 8, 2011 10:34 PM | Reply to this comment

Sorry guys,

Do you want Lineen to turn into Lievremont?

You don't criticise the players efforts on the field in public unless they have done something that no-one would deem acceptable. You have obviously never captained or coached at any level. The first principle is "public praise; private criticism."

If Lineen unhappy, as I am sure he is about some aspects, he will bring it out in private. If they don't respond, yes, let the punters know that a line has been drawn, but a coach has to publicly back his players.

I am sure he has let them know what is expected of them.


Posted by Hugues on October 10, 2011 07:41 AM | Reply to this comment

'Do you want Lineen to turn into Lievremont?'
Reactions from a french coach is different, it is just another way to deal with, but actually the french players reacted well at the WC, au revoir England.
However, just happy with a Glasgow win, the Dragons are always hard to beat at Firhill, good for Duncan confidence 100%.

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