Swansea Put To The Sword

Swansea 13 Glasgow 21

Glasgow boosted their qualification chances for the knockout stages of the Celtic League with a fine victory against last season's Scottish/Welsh League champions, Swansea, at St Helen's.

As a measure of Glasgow's progress it was worth recalling their last visit to the ground - a 10-54 defeat at the tail end of last season. It should also be noted that Swansea's defeat was only their second at home in the last 22 months. On Saturday Glasgow's setpiece dominated, their defence, save for an injury time lapse, kept Scott Gibbs and co firmly in check and Tommy Hayes gave quite probably his most polished performance over the last four seasons.

Watched by Scotland selectors John Rutherford and Alan Tait, Jason White was again a colossus at the lineout taking half a dozen Swansea throws-in, Nathan Ross's workrate was examplary and Donnie Macfadyen (pictured) fully deserved the "outstanding" epithet which was delivered in his direction by Glasgow coach Richie Dixon. Macfadyen was perpetual motion in both his support running and his tireless foraging at the breakdown, where he turned over Swasnea possession with some regularity in the last quarter.

Glasgow now have two matches at Hughenden - against Ebbw Vale on Tuesday and Llanelli on Friday (both kick-off at 7.30pm) - to book their place in the knockout stages, thus it was important that they emerged from the Swansea game with few injury concerns. Nathan Ross did have two stitches in a head wound and Roland Reid was forced to retire after 32 minutes with a neck strain but neither knock was considered serious.

Swansea's Welsh international stand-off, Gavin Henson, and Hayes exchanged early penalties before Glasgow hit the front on the 28th minute. From his own majestic break off lineout ball and sweet linkage from Rory Kerr and James McLaren, Hayes blasted in at the right corner. From a half-time advantage of 8-3, Glasgow bolstered their lead with a catch and drive try, credited to Jon Petrie, two minutes after the restart.

Hayes' touchline conversion extended them to 15-3. Henson did land his second penalty just after the hour but any home hopes were dashed as Hayes replied in kind then potted a 40-metre drop-goal for good measure and a haul of 16 points. Garin Jenkins' injury time try, Henson converting, was the only blip to some trojan defence from the visitors.

Notes to editors

Glasgow squad

Glasgow: Graeme Kiddie; Rory Kerr, James McLaren, Andy Henderson, Roland Reid; Tommy Hayes, Andy Nicol captain; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Gordon Simpson, Jon Petrie, Donnie Macfadyen. Subs: Jon Stuart for Reid (32 mins), Andrew Hall for Ross (59-67 mins), Gavin Scott for Bulloch (80 mins).