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October 23, 2009

Glasgow Warriors 34 - 20 Connacht

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Friday October 23rd 2009 | 23 comments

A Thom Evans double helped Glasgow to a bonus point win
Glasgow Warriors got back on to winning ways although after a bright start they made heavy weather of putting away a determined Connacht outfit at Firhill.

It was a dream return for centre Max Evans, making his first start of the season.

In only the the second minute, from a scrum set up by his brother Thom's chip ahead, Evans was on the end of a long miss pass from Dan Parks to go over for Parks to convert.

Connacht hit back and after a couple of dents by Frank Murphy and flanker Mike McCarthy, number 10 Ian Keatley dropped a simple goal only for Parks to restore the margin five minutes later with a 30-metre penalty. Neither side were dominating although Glasgow had the best of the territory but a chip into Glasgow's half resulted in Keatley slotting a 42m shot.

Glasgow upped the pressure, sent Connacht skidding backwards in the scrum and opted to go again on winning the penalty, this time number eight John Beattie bursting off the back for the try.

Parks converted, then after big carries by Richie Gray and Moray Low Thom Evans scorched through from 40 metres out, burst Gavin Duffy's tackle and evened the score with his brother. Parks converted and Glasgow approached half-time 18 points up but a couple of controversial Keatley penalties, the second after Max Evans had almost claimed his second at the other end, kept Connacht in the game at the break.

Into the second half, an exchange of penalties between Parks and Keatley did little to enliven a scrappy second half as Glasgow's first-half sharpness deserted them. Feisty defence with John Muldoon and Frank Murphy putting in big hits kept Glasgow at bay then a Murphy interception put Fionn Carr away for a try seven minutes from time. Keatley missed the kick but now Connacht were in sight of salvaging something from the game but it was Glasgow who claimed the bonus as Thom Evans notched his second try when he got on the end of a Mark McMillan chip into the danger zone.

Connacht came close in the dying minutes but had run out of shots to trouble the now confident Glasgow defence.

Sean Lineen confessed to being "extremely frustrated" after the 34-20 win.

He said: "The result was what we were looking for but I wasn't happy with aspects of the second half. The ref killed the game and we faced a team who were not interested in playing rugby.

"On the positive side it was great to see Max Evans and Richie Gray back in action."

Referee Tim Hayes (WRU)
Attendance 2,887
Jon Welsh
Dougie Hall
Moray Low
Richie Gray
Alastair Kellock
Kelly Brown
John Barclay
John Beattie
Chris Cusiter
Dan Parks
Thom Evans
Graeme Morrison
Max Evans
Colin Shaw
Bernardo Stortoni
Pat MacArthur
Kevin Tkachuk
Dan Turner
Richie Vernon
Mark McMillan
Colin Gregor
Hefin O'Hare
Match Substitutions
Off On
John Beattie Richie Vernon
Off On
Richie Gray Dan Turner
Off On
Jon Welsh Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Chris Cusiter Mark McMillan
Off On
Dan Parks Colin Gregor
Off On
Colin Shaw Hefin O'Hare
Off On
Dougie Hall Pat MacArthur
Max Evans Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
John Beattie Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Thom Evans Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Dan Parks Penalty
Thom Evans Try 
Colin Gregor Conversion
Posted by Derek on October 24, 2009 07:54 AM | Reply to this comment

Crowd less than 3,000. No chance!

SRU why do you continue to hide the real attendances? BBC report has more than 4000 which looked far more likely as that is the busiset Firhill has been this year for either the Warriors or Thistle.

Posted by ember on October 24, 2009 01:34 PM | Reply to this comment

The reported attendance is 100% correct. Why do so many people struggle with the concept that 2/3 of the seats filled in 2/3 of the stand results in an attendance of about 3000?

Posted by ballinj on October 24, 2009 08:33 PM | Reply to this comment

errr no the stand holds 6000 so 2/3rds is 4,000

Posted by Alan on October 24, 2009 10:34 PM | Reply to this comment

um .. and 2/3 of 2/3 is? However, I still don't believe it, Ember. You seem definite... "100% correct".. so, I presume that you have inside information on this to confirm? Why did BBC report it as 4,887 .. very precise and very odd!

Posted by mediumsizedal on October 24, 2009 10:48 PM | Reply to this comment

four ninth's = 1778 so still way out!! No reason to doubt official figure - surely it's just a matter of counting tickets? Or are people like hospitality not included?? BBC figure i'm sure is wrong.

Posted by mediumsizedal on October 24, 2009 10:56 PM | Reply to this comment

Sorry!! 4/9th's of 6000 = 2667 so just about right!!

Posted by Alan on October 25, 2009 12:50 AM | Reply to this comment

My question to Ember still "stands" .. how are you so sure that the stand was 2/3 full and... (of that 2/3 of the stand that was occupied) only 1 in 3 seats was occupied? Prove it if you are so confident!

Posted by Alan on October 25, 2009 01:03 AM | Reply to this comment

. or was that 2 in 3 or 3 in 2 or what? ..and does anyone really care? (Maths wasn't my best subject either but I get by!)

Posted by ember on October 26, 2009 10:12 AM | Reply to this comment

Simple, I have eyes. TV coverage clearly shows both ends and the front few rows as empty (as usual). Consequently to get a crowd of 4000 every other seat would have to be occupied. They weren't. Thistle are accused of the same nonsense as well to the point that the chairman had to come out and make the very same point as I am making.

Posted by Osama bin Hidin on October 24, 2009 08:24 PM | Reply to this comment

It's a tax ruse - understate the attendance and you might get away with paying less tax to the taxman... Osama Bin Hidin, CA. I thank you...

Posted by bossco85 on October 25, 2009 11:25 AM | Reply to this comment

Does anyone else think Cusiter is vastly overrated?

Posted by sunday5 on October 25, 2009 02:05 PM | Reply to this comment

Nope. Underrated if anything. His tackling is stunning. He won us the game against Munster with his tackling. The man is in a different class.

Posted by alistair hutton on October 25, 2009 05:54 PM | Reply to this comment

If this was 2004 you might have a point but this is the year two-thousand-and-nine and Cusiter is a classy player who makes all the right decisions. He is a complete scrum-half who we are lucky to have.

It's no coincidence that Glasgow have always loked worse when Custiter has gone off the pitch. Even wracked with flu Cusiter was massively better than McMillan in the Osperys match

Posted by uglyscorpion on October 26, 2009 08:32 PM | Reply to this comment

So, that would be "No" then, nobody thinks he is vastly overrated.

I think we're lucky to have two stand-out players at scrum half for Scotland. I think Cusiter was ahead originally, Blair has edged it the last couple of years, and now Cusiter looks like the form man. Blair really does look low on confidence, and I don't think the Lions tour helped him at all.

The Autumn Internationals will be interesting - if Robinson really is picking on form, then he'll go for Cus over Blair, with Cusiter as captain.

Posted by gnasher on October 25, 2009 05:41 PM | Reply to this comment

On a positive note, back up to 4th in the table. Results elsewhere demonstrating there are few easy matches in this league. Also good to start getting players back from injury.

Posted by steven on October 26, 2009 07:09 AM | Reply to this comment

Cusiter has improved a lot - and his tackling is immense for a wee guy.
His decision making has been poor though and fairly recently - im sure it was in this year's six nations - cant remember the game - but at a pivotal point in the game when Scotland were behind but not dead and buried he took a tap kick inside Scotland's 22 and ran the ball instead of waiting for the kick to touch and gaining crucial territory - there was absolutely nothing on for him - he can be a wee bit hotheaded - but definitely an improved player - a good advert for playing abroad.

Posted by Derek on October 26, 2009 08:51 AM | Reply to this comment

"but definitely an improved player - a good advert for playing abroad. Miles better than MacMillan - but given the choice I'd have Blair."

So Blair is an even better advert for playing at home...

Posted by Hugues on October 26, 2009 11:04 AM | Reply to this comment

Cusiter, a hard player, his mentor was Armstrong...

Posted by weebaw on October 26, 2009 05:15 PM | Reply to this comment

Cusiter is the best Scottish player and always has been.

But for Hadden and his Edinburgh bias he would have double the caps. Blair had a great short spell when bossed games for Edinburgh but has been poor since the New Year and how he became a Lion is a mystery.

The Ospreys game was over till Cusiter had to go off.

Posted by Alan on October 26, 2009 08:34 PM | Reply to this comment

"Cusiter is the best Scottish player and always has been" ..current players, you mean or best current No 9? I think there were a few good ones before him!
Cusiter was outstanding in the Nations Cup in Romania for Scotland A. Unfortunate start for us. I don't think he has been able to show yet what he can do for Glasgow.

Posted by weebaw on October 27, 2009 12:27 PM | Reply to this comment

best current.

Bloody Hell, we,ve had some good scrum halves!He's behind Laidlaw, Armstrong, Redpath. Ahead of Hastie,Morgan, Lawsons, Blair and all others post 1966!

Perhaps he'll catch top 3 before career is over.

Posted by Alan on October 27, 2009 09:27 PM | Reply to this comment

He still has time to be the "best ever"! (so long as we don't look back at others with those rose tinted glasses!). I look forward to him showing the best of his career with Glasgow!

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