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September 08, 2012

Glasgow Warriors 13 - 18 Scarlets

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Scotstoun on Friday September 7th 2012 | No comments

Chris Cusiter's try salvaged a bonus point for Glasgow
Glasgow Warriors couldn't mark their first PRO12 game at Scotstoun with a win as they lost out to Scarlets.

Wth so many good things happening off the pitch the home supporters were left disappointed as mistakes, once again, cost Glasgow dear.

Glasgow's set-piece showed a big improvement from last week's defeat to Ulster but for all their handling the backs provided little penetration.

Scarlets led 10-6 at the end of a first half which was notable for the poor place kicking from both stand-offs.

Rhys Priestland failed with his first penalty in just two minutes.

Five minutes later Ruaridh Jackson put Glasgow ahead with a simple effort and the game settled to a midfield slog.

In the 26th minute Glasgow, counter-attacking down their left, lost possession and the ball was switched to the other wing by Scarlets. North supplied the inside pass to Shingler, who flopped over the line.

Four minutes later Shingler turned villain when he was sent to the sin-bin for a high tackle - but Jackson could make nothing of the penalty chance.

Further lost Glasgow possession in the Scarlets half set up a 38th minute foot race to the home line after Jon Davies kicked the ball deep into Glasgow territory, with Fenby the winner.

However, there was still time for Jackson to at last notch a penalty success.

Glasgow changed their number 10 for the second half, Duncan Weir coming on, but it was Scarlets that moved up a gear.

Priestland kicked a 46th minute penalty and 12 minutes later swift handling by the Scarlets backs finished with North touching down.

Glasgow threw everything into the closing stages and were rewarded when ice work from Peter Horne put Chris Cusiter in for a try which was converted by Weir - but it was too little too late and the Warriors were left with just a losing bonus point for their efforts.

Head coach Gregor Townsend told "The supporters did a fantastic job in making Scotstoun look and sound great, and we're all very disappointed that we didn't secure the win we know we were more than capable of delivering.

"Our discipline was much better than was the case against Ulster last week, but as a group we're well aware that we need to produce more complete performances to win games in what is such a cut-throat competition.

"We can and will be better, starting with another tough fixture away to Ospreys next Friday night."

Referee Dudley Phillips (IRFU)
Attendance 4348
Ryan Grant
Pat MacArthur
Moray Low
Tom Ryder
Alastair Kellock
James Eddie
John Barclay
Ryan Wilson
Chris Cusiter
Ruaridh Jackson
Sean Lamont
Graeme Morrison
Alex Dunbar
DTH van der Merwe
Peter Murchie
Dougie Hall
Michael Cusack
Gordon Reid
Angus Macdonald
Chris Fusaro
Henry Pyrgos
Duncan Weir
Peter Horne
Match Substitutions
Off On
Ruaridh Jackson Duncan Weir
Off On
Pat MacArthur Dougie Hall
Off On
John Barclay Chris Fusaro
Off On
Moray Low Michael Cusack
Off On
Alex Dunbar Peter Horne
Off On
James Eddie Angus Macdonald
Off On
Ryan Grant Gordon Reid
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Ruaridh Jackson Penalty
Chris Cusiter Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion