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August 31, 2007

Glasgow Warriors 18 - 13 Newcastle

Friendly match played at Firhill on Thursday August 30th 2007 | 10 comments

Sam Pinder finished off some fine play for Glasgow's second try
Glasgow settled into their new home, Firhill Arena, with an emphatic win against Newcastle Falcons.

The Warriors made the brighter start and their early pressure bore fruit after nine minutes when Colin Gregor kicked them in front with a 30-metre penalty. Warriors ran the restart kick out of their own 22, with Hefin O'Hare's jink and run taking them into the visitors' half, where offside at the breakdown allowed Gregor to slot a simple penalty to double their lead.

The home stand-off turned villain four minutes later, clinging onto the ball when caught by Lee Dickson just inside his own 22 and Steve Jones opened Falcons' account from the penalty. The English visitors then enjoyed a good spell of pressure, but Glasgow eventually broke out, exerting their own spell of pressure, which was rewarded when Chris O'Young wriggled over for a try in 35 minutes. Gregor converted and at the interval Glasgow were worth their ten-point advantage.

This grew to 15 three minutes into the second half, with Sam Pinder finishing off an excellent spell of continuity rugby, but Gregor was unable to convert from wide out. The Falcons continued to pile on the pressure, and in 58 minutes second-row Andy Buist burst over for an unconverted try.

Newcastle staged a big finish, and as the game moved in to time added on flanker Geoff Parling forced his way over for a try which Jones was unable to convert and Glasgow held on for a narrow but deserved win.

Referee Andrew Macpherson (West of Scotland RRS)
Michael Collins
Eric Milligan
Ben Prescott
Andy Newman
Alastair Kellock
Steve Swindall
Donnie Macfadyen
John Beattie
Chris O'Young
Colin Gregor
Hefin O'Hare
Daryl Gibson
Graeme Morrison
Max Evans
Colin Shaw
Pat MacArthur
Ed Kalman
Moray Low
Dan Turner
James Eddie
Opeta Palepoi
Richie Vernon
Scott Forrest
Sam Pinder
Mike Adamson
Sean Marsden
Scott Barrow
Bernardo Stortoni
Colin Gregor Penalty
Colin Gregor Penalty
Chris O'Young Try 
Colin Gregor Conversion
Sam Pinder Try 
Posted by Envy on September 1, 2007 03:52 AM | Reply to this comment

Can a five point win merit using the term emphatic?

Posted by Gordon on September 1, 2007 11:35 AM | Reply to this comment

Perhaps it's in reference to the style of the win rather than the scoreline?

Posted by Alistair Hutton on September 1, 2007 09:48 AM | Reply to this comment

I thought Daryl Gibson looked absolutely fantastic. He's the leader in the back-line that we've been missing.

Posted by Monkeyman on September 1, 2007 11:25 AM | Reply to this comment

What was the attendance?

Posted by hannah on September 1, 2007 11:39 AM | Reply to this comment

thought all the guys played really well....budgie was amazing!

Posted by bossco85 on September 1, 2007 12:26 PM | Reply to this comment

Daryl Gibson looks totally amazing at centre. He is just what glasgow need in the back line, A well deserved win, Newcastle are a good side but the boys fronted up well. Good to see the new boys putting in good performances aswell, hope Kellock isnt too badly injured, roll on the magners.

Posted by mediumsizedal on September 1, 2007 02:34 PM | Reply to this comment

Thought Glasgow did pretty well considering it was only the second game. Backs looked good, especially Gibson-deserved his man of the match. Not too sure about the front row-they were under a lot of pressure, especially after the substitutions when a few Glasgow scrums were wrecked. I also think we need a good, hard, ball carrying no8-Beattie is good, but not in this role and he certainly did not impose himself in this game, although he did some good things. Overall quite encouraging-let's see how they cope with Wasps. Thought the ref & linesmen had a bit of a stinker!!

Posted by vicki on September 1, 2007 03:16 PM | Reply to this comment

It was a good game, lots of impressive performances (although not from the ref!) and it seems that the competition for the number 9 shirt is going to encourage both Pinder and O'Young. Last night was the second time they each scored a try! So lets hope it continues!

Posted by ballinj on September 1, 2007 04:43 PM | Reply to this comment

any news on the injury to Kellock - looked serious.
Glasgow really missed him when he went off.

Posted by Donald on September 2, 2007 12:15 AM | Reply to this comment

Al Kellock said it was just an ankle sprain that occurred when he landed on someone's ankle at a lineout.

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