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April 12, 2008

Glasgow Warriors 23 - 14 Edinburgh Rugby

Celtic League match played at Firhill on Friday April 11th 2008 | 7 comments

Kelly Brown, John Beattie and John Barclay dominated their Edinburgh counterparts
Dan Parks wrecked Edinburgh's Magners League title dream last night in a Firhill epic as Glasgow took a 23-14 win, taking the inaugural 1872 Challenge Cup and gained revenge for their derby defeat at Murrayfield at Christmas after a pulsating performance in front of a passionate support tonight.

If the match was truly a personal triumph for Warriors stand-off and captain Dan Parks who had a full-house among his monopoly of the home score it was also a special night for Thom Evans on the wing and for the energy which home hooker Fergus Thomson displayed in the loose.

Evans was belligerent in his defence, committed in attack and proved the old adage that you can make a good kick great by the intensity and speed of your follow-up.

His display must surely have impressed the watching Scotland coach Frank Hadden with places in the national squad for the two match tour to Argentina on the line.

The lead changed hands eight times, indicative of how nip and tuck proceedings were before Glasgow scored the decisive try inside the last quarter.

But to return to the beginning from the kick-off Colin Gregor, a late replacement for Sam Pinder who had been struck down by a virus, had a kick charged down inside his 22 and Glasgow's nerves were only calmed when they were awarded a penalty.

The impression however that Edinburgh were sharper out of the blocks was confirmed with the opening try in the third minute. From a slashing break by Ben Cairns in midfield, the centre then went on to win extra plaudits for the timing of his pass to Andrew Turnbull. The diminutive winger executed the score cleverly, pausing before he reached the try line to ease his path to the try. Phil Godman missed the conversion.

In Glasgow's response, Graeme Morrison was driven to within one metre after Parks and Opeta Palepoi had both threatened. From the resultant scrum Morrison had another pop and Glasgow eventually recycled for Parks to go outside the forlorn challenge of a forward and claim a cracking equalising try. His conversion gave the Warriors the lead 7-5 after eight minutes.

Cairns' second superb dash with Godman once more the provider hinted that Edinburgh were very much in the mood but his try-scoring pass to Alan MacDonald was ruled forward.

Far from down-hearted by this missed opportunity, Edinburgh regained the lead in the 26th minute. The animated Cairns had threatened anew after Mike Blair had taken a quick tap penalty on the left and when Andrew Henderson was penalised for going to deck after a tackle, Godman landed his first penalty for 8-7.

The loss of Craig Smith with a lower leg injury when the big prop chugged at pace in support of a break did not help the visitors' cause and Parks' first drop-goal three minutes from the interval saw Glasgow back in front once more at 10-8.

With Blair picking up the pace, Glasgow were penalised in first-half injury time again for not rolling away after a tackle, Godman doing the necessary with a well-struck kick from 33 metres.

Parks miscued with a penalty on the restart but grand ambition by the home captain in unison with Thom Evans from a quickly-taken lineout ultimately led to a home score as Matt Mustchin loitered on the wrong side of a ruck. Parks goaled and Glasgow led 13-11.

Godman replied in kind with a lineout penalty on 50 minutes as the scoreboard ping-pong continued.

The match was coming nicely to the boil and in 67 minutes Parks set the seal on a night of high personal satisfaction. A delicate chip-kick over the advancing Edinburgh defence was gathered adroitly by John Barclay on the right touchline. The flanker slipped an inside pass to Thom Evans and, it was inevitable that Parks would be on his winger's shoulder to go over for a superlative try which he converted.

Not content with that Parks completed his night's work with his second drop-goal, awarded after consultation with the TMO, though even before that strike he had been named as Man of the Match.

Referee David Changleng (SRU)
Attendance 4,731
Man of the Match Dan Parks
Justin Va'a
Fergus Thomson
Moray Low
Opeta Palepoi
Dan Turner
Kelly Brown
John Barclay
John Beattie
Colin Gregor
Dan Parks
Thom Evans
Andrew Henderson
Graeme Morrison
Max Evans
Bernardo Stortoni
Dougie Hall
Ed Kalman
Andy Newman
James Eddie
Hefin O'Hare
Scott Barrow
Lome Fa'atau
Match Substitutions
Off On
Fergus Thomson Dougie Hall
Off On
Justin Va'a Ed Kalman
Off On
Andrew Henderson Scott Barrow
Off On
Opeta Palepoi Andy Newman
Off On
Kelly Brown James Eddie
Dan Parks Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Drop
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Drop
    Posted by alsfan on April 12, 2008 12:27 AM | Reply to this comment

    Remind me again .. who scored all of Glasgow's points?

    Posted by McDigga on April 12, 2008 08:30 AM | Reply to this comment

    Yep, the win made all the sweeter by Dan gaining a clean sweep on the points, playing fantastically (along with the rest of the squad) & realising how much that will stick in the Edinburgh throats as they headed back down the M8. A long, long journey this night.

    What a great performance across the squad, across the park. No weak links after the 5th minute.

    McDigga from Eaglesham

    Posted by Tom on April 14, 2008 10:19 PM | Reply to this comment

    It may have been DP who scored all the points and plaudits to him for it, but for me the most important piece of play happened in the dying seconds when Evans virtually lifted the ball carrier over the touchline. if he had missed the tackle WHO KNOWS !!!

    Posted by Phall on April 12, 2008 09:03 AM | Reply to this comment

    Well it was described as a "trial" for Argentina, DP for BA?

    Posted by Frank Dux on April 13, 2008 12:10 PM | Reply to this comment

    Gee it sure is quiet in here....Nice game Parksy.

    Posted by hambo1000 on April 13, 2008 02:49 PM | Reply to this comment

    Wahey! Well that was an improvment alright! Congratulations to the guys and DP in particular, he seemed to have more confidence with ball in hand. All the team had a good game really and the defence from the backline was awsome. A good win and a great crowd/atmosphere, who's the dj that does the half time stuff? Jim Gelatly? He's really good!

    Posted by The Briar on April 13, 2008 08:45 PM | Reply to this comment

    Is that Frank Dux, like put up yours dux. Well done DP on a great game. Just keep on doing what you do. Well done to the whole team.

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