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February 29, 2008

Glasgow Warriors 9 - 6 Ospreys

Celtic League match played at Firhill on Friday February 29th 2008 | 20 comments

Sam Pinder was in fine form for Glasgow
In dreadful conditions, the Warriors got their Magners League form back on track by grinding out a win against the Ospreys.

Glasgow secured a morale-boosting victory against Ospreys in torrential rain at Firhill in Glasgow.

Dan Parks converted the winning penalty with nine minutes remaining in a game where he and Shaun Connor were the only scorers with a series of penalties.

Two quick Connor scores in succession before the interval looked to have Ospreys on course for victory.

But Parks, who spurned a couple of chances to increase his points tally, kept his nerve to seal the win.

Glasgow looked the hungrier side in the early exchanges and their early effort was rewarded after just three minutes.

The Ospreys were guilty of handling on the deck - leaving Parks to stroke over a penalty from 20 metres.

The hosts continued to dominate without possessing the cutting edge to create try-scoring opportunities.

And they were stunned when Ospreys seized the initiative courtesy of two Connor penalties in quick succession midway through the half.

Warriors skipper Ally Kellock was forced off with a knee problem shortly after the interval.

Parks then levelled the match with another 45-metre potshot at goal.

Even better was to come from Parks as he drilled home his third penalty - making light of the treacherous conditions.

Ospreys piled on the pressure in the dying seconds, but the Warriors held on for victory.

Referee Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Attendance 2058
Man of the Match Sam Pinder's fine display won the sponsor's award while in a powerful performance from the pack, James Eddie and Donnie Macfadyen were prominent
Ed Kalman
Fergus Thomson
Moray Low
Andy Newman
Alastair Kellock
James Eddie
Donnie Macfadyen
John Beattie
Sam Pinder
Dan Parks
Max Evans
Daryl Gibson
Graeme Morrison
Lome Fa'atau
Bernardo Stortoni
Eric Milligan
Kevin Tkachuk
Dan Turner
John Barclay
Colin Gregor
Scott Barrow
Hefin O'Hare
Match Substitutions
Off On
Donnie Macfadyen John Barclay
Off On
Alastair Kellock Dan Turner
Off On
Lome Fa'atau Hefin O'Hare
Off On
Daryl Gibson Scott Barrow
Off On
Ed Kalman Kevin Tkachuk
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Posted by Alistair on March 1, 2008 09:00 AM | Reply to this comment

Cracking game of rugby, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Posted by Neilmacd74 on March 1, 2008 10:32 AM | Reply to this comment

Thought we were by far the better side.
One of the better performances this season - even Fa'atau looked up for it.
Only thing missing was a try which we deserved really but for some poor decision making at times by players and a pretty inconsistent referee.
Players really fronted up last night and they mastered the conditions pretty well.
There was even a bit of atmosphere in the second half - what next? An away win would be great!!

Posted by sunday5 on March 1, 2008 11:05 AM | Reply to this comment

How did Donnie MacFadyen get on?

Posted by hannah on March 1, 2008 12:13 PM | Reply to this comment

Donnie was really good, was good to see him back. enjoyed the game despite the rain, only let down was the guy behind me talking about people not giving the players any respect and then slagging dan parks all night. was a good win and was well worth going to watch...the boys deserved it and they were just fantastic!!!

Posted by luckyrugger on March 1, 2008 01:08 PM | Reply to this comment

Neil, you are misguided!!! Explain to me exactly what Fa'atau did? I remember him making one run, the rest of the time he was labouring after kicks, dropping the ball, generally standing around the side of rucks looking useless, or pulling out of tackles. Sorry, but he doesn't deserve another chance with us when Hefin is here.

And Sam Pinder as man of the match is frankly laughable. Again he spent the whole game firing the ball above Dan's head.

Our lack of discipline should not be commended as "heroic" or "passionate", it was plain stupidity and our players should be mature enough to know better than to give away penalties within 5m of the opposition line.

Posted by mediumsizedal on March 1, 2008 03:31 PM | Reply to this comment

Sorry Neil, Lucky's right-Fa'atau should have played his last game-he was very very poor. Enjoyed the game despite the conditions & the second half was excellent (given the state of the pitch & the rain). The forwards especially did well & gave the Ospreys nothing in the second half. Agree with the comments on ill-discipline, we gave away far too many penalties. Good to see Donny back-he played well for his 40mins. Can't understand why Pinder was man of the match-his service was erratic at best & occasionally woeful-I noticed at least 2 passes to no-one, but he did have a couple of half breaks & a couple of chargedowns. I would have given the award to one of the forwards (pick one, anyone-they fronted up really well). A deserved win & a good crowd to be in.

Posted by Alistair on March 1, 2008 04:02 PM | Reply to this comment

While I disagree with Pinder as Man of the Match (die to that wayward passing, they weren't all above Parks's head, some where at his ankles) I think he got it because he put Marshall under a massive amount of pressure.

Of course, this was because the forwards had got on top of their Os counterparts and was giving Sam the platform to harry Justin. I'd have given the MotM to Newman because I thought he held the pack together after Kellock went off.

Posted by SpiderPig on March 1, 2008 04:32 PM | Reply to this comment

A much needed win for the lads in testing conditions, thought the forwards played well and gave the Ospreys nothing! Luckyrugger give LF a break he played alot better than what your making out! Sure he dropped the ball once (like most of the other players in those conditions), had a high work rate was looking for work, tackling and chasing kicks. He was more noticeable then Max.

I thought SP deserved MOTM, yes a couple of wayward passes but didn't give Justin an inch and looked to try things which the team needs to do. Come on lads take some confidence from this win and finish the season strong!

Posted by luckrugger on March 2, 2008 02:23 PM | Reply to this comment

Sorry, I totally disagree. He doesn't chase kicks with any speed (more like a jog), he doesn't commit to the tackle and more often than not let's them through his grasp. I think you'll struggle to find too many people that agree with your definition of a "high work rate".

Posted by Finbar on March 3, 2008 11:40 AM | Reply to this comment

I've been trying to convince myself that Lome just needed time and that he would eventually come good, but I think I've finally given up on that.

He was played into space a couple of times on Friday and there was a real absence of the "blistering pace" that he is supposed to possess; both times he came back inside rather than backing himself and having a pop on the outside.

He looks pedestrian; Hef puts his heart and soul into every match.

Posted by SpiderPig on March 2, 2008 09:26 PM | Reply to this comment

Hopefully the players don't visit this site often, just think of all the confidence they can get from some supporters.

Posted by luckyrugger on March 2, 2008 11:42 PM | Reply to this comment

Or perhaps the kick up the a*se they deserve as Lineen certainly doesn't seem to be giving them it?

Posted by Garyipa on March 3, 2008 10:04 AM | Reply to this comment

supporters pay their money, they can say what they want

Posted by onion boy on March 3, 2008 02:23 PM | Reply to this comment

Unless it's a firm fan fave like Dan Parks of course. Then your not allowed to pass negative comment.

Posted by Gordon on March 3, 2008 11:40 PM | Reply to this comment

Where have you not been allowed to pass negative comment Onion Boy? Negative comments seem to constitute the majority of your contributions on this website.

Posted by hannah on March 3, 2008 03:08 PM | Reply to this comment

If Dan does something wrong than fair do's slag him but when he doesnt I dont think it is fair or right to lay into him...he is often used as the scape goat with Scotland and with Glasgow on times.

Posted by SpiderPig on March 3, 2008 06:01 PM | Reply to this comment

With the pitch and conditions the way they were on Friday night even Brian Habana would struggle getting to top pace! I would rather see a player cut back inside and keep possession then lose it by being tackled into touch. I saw one occasion when he was apparently "played into space" but Nikki Walker had the angle on him.

Posted by Tom on March 5, 2008 08:10 PM | Reply to this comment

I would like to congratulate the team for their efforts considering the atrocious weather on Friday night. Having read so many negative comments,how would the moaners like to get out on the field on a night like that. It certainly was not a night for crisp handling,although some seemed to think that was what should have occured

Posted by luckyrugger on March 6, 2008 09:57 AM | Reply to this comment

I don't know if you are referring to people like me, but if you look elsewhere on this website you will see postive comment on the game. I simply objected to Pinder being MOTM, and Lome continually being given a chance with us when I have yet to see him work up a sweat.

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