Calvin Howarth'S Record Performance

Glasgow 36, The Borders 22Glasgow kept up their winning run against their fellow Scots in the Celtic League today, beating The Borders by a comfortable margin on a dank, drizzling evening at Hughenden. Thus for the second successive season they registered a double against The Borders.More important, victory strengthened Glasgow's cause in the quest for a Heineken Cup place next season. Even though that European competition has completed only two rounds so far this season, thoughts are looking ahead to the next.By far the most satisfying of feature of Glasgow win was that it was achieved without no fewer than 11 regulars. The younger players rose to meet the demands of the challenge, even those raw in professional experience such as Rory Lamont and Steve Swindall. It was Lamont's Celtic League debut and Swindall's first start.As for the downside, Glasgow scored only two tries to The Borders" three. However, Calvin Howarth compensated by kicking nine goals for 26 points in the match. That was a Glasgow record in a Celtic game, beating the 24 by Dan Parks in the previous league match, the 34-20 win against Ulster three weeks ago. Nor has anyone previously kicked as many as eight penalty goals in a Celtic game for Glasgow. That penalty tally equalled the Celtic League record set by David Humphreys for Ulster against Neath nearly three years ago.But Howarth contributed more than just the bulk of the Glasgow points. His kick placements from hand turned the pressure screws in the visitors, and he had a go at a tackle-breaking thrust successfully on more than one occasion. Deservedly, he won the man-of-the-match award, and Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, readily commented that it was 'the best I"ve seen Calvin play for Glasgow."Lamont, Scott Lawson, and Andrew Wilson also drew special commendation from the coach. Lawson and Wilson were strong ball-carriers in support, and one long pass to the left by the hooker all but created a try for Kenny Logan. Wilson obviously enjoyed his role as the senior member of the back row in a new liaison with Swindall, drawn in from Glasgow Hawks" club ranks, and John Beattie, the No.8 who is still a couple of weeks short of his nineteenth birthday.Lamont's pace from full back was valuable in liaison with the equally speedy threequarters, all essentially wings, though Gareth Maclure and David Millard adapted comfortably to the centre roles. Such was Maclure's vigour that it was hard to credit that, because of prolonged injury, this was his first match since March.Like Glasgow, The Borders were short of regulars, but the home team were hungrier. They started in no mood to have any role other than game-leaders. Their rugby was played at pace, and the wonder was that they lead by no more than 12-8 at the interval though they had been knocked back into their own 22 only three times in the first half.Two Howarth penalty goals should have settled Glasgow in the first six minutes, and Howarth followed up with a forceful break to the visitors 22. Glasgow, however, conceded that position through a penalty. That allowed The Borders respite, and from a penalty lineout the forwards drove over for a try by Steve Scott. Charlie Hore missed the conversion, otherwise The Borders would have been ahead.Glasgow, however, edged away to 12-5 with two more Howarth penalty goals, the second procured by David Millard's forceful tackle on Nikki Walker. Again The Borders came back, and Hore kicked a penalty goal, though it was preceded by a blatant knock-on from a Border hand.Glasgow would have been more than four points ahead at the interval if they could have profited from phase continuity in the first half's finale. Andy Hall rampaged upfield, and Lawson was twice involved before Logan was tied down on the left.As the first half end, so the second half started, with Glasgow making all the play. Howarth kicked ahead into The Borders" 22, and Iain Berthinussen's attempted clearance fell short into Rory Kerr's eager hands. The wing, though, was squeezed out in the right corner. Then a flat crossfield kick from Howarth only just eluded both Kerr and Walker.Eventually, however, nine minutes into the second half, Glasgow had their first try from a penalty lineout on the right. Dan Turner won the throw-in, and from the ensuing ruck Sam Pinder switched back to the blind side for a try in the corner. Howarth missed the conversion.But The Borders swiftly replied. Wayne McEntee, little more than a minute on the field as a replacement, charged up the middle, and that fired Border persistence that eventually produced a Berthinussen try, the wing sent in by the workaholic Andy Miller. Alistair Warnock converted form the right touchline.Glasgow's lead was down to two points, and Howarth missed a penalty. But the last quarter swung Glasgow's way. The Borders suffered from self-imposed handicaps with two sin-binnings - first McEntee for a high and late tackle, and later Scott for killing ruck possession. Howarth's accuracy returned in kicking the goal from the first yellow card. He went on to register nine goals from 11 attempts - eight penalties and the touchline conversion of a Logan try, stretching Glasgow's lead to 30-15 after 67 minutes.Howarth had already kicked his fifth and sixth penalty goals for an eight-point lead when Lamont broke through the middle with Wilson in support, and the follow-up allowed Hall to put Logan in at the left corner. Another lapse allowed Matt Blair to score the visitors" third try from a penalty lineout, Warnock converting, but Howarth finished off with two more goals.Glasgow's victory meant that The Borders were left with the unwanted tag of a record 14 successive Celtic League defeats. Outscoring opponents on tries is not enough when too many penalties are conceded in goal-kicking range.Glasgow - Rory Lamont; Rory Kerr, David Millard, Gareth Maclure, Kenny Logan (captain); Calvin Howarth, Sam Pinder; Andrew Kelly, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, John Beattie, Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (58 minutes), John Barclay for Swindall (71), Joe Beardshaw for Beattie (70), Colin Gregor for Millard (77), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (78), Eric Milligan for Murray (84). Not used - Colin Shaw.Tries, Pinder, Logan; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (8).The Borders - Gareth Morton; Iain Berthinussen, Calum MacRae, Charlie Hore, Nikki Walker; Alistair Warnock, Drew Moore; Paul Thomson (captain), Steve Scott, Geoff Cross, Mark Blair, Colin Stewart, Andy Rennick, Kelly Brown, Andy Miller. Substitutes - Wayne McEntee for Rennick (61), Joe Pattison for Warnock (77), Will Kay for Miller (78). Not used - Tom McGee, Matt Parr, Scott Newlands, Jonny Weston. Yellow cards - McEntee (61), Scott (66).Tries, Scott, Berthinussen, Blair; conversions, Warnock (2); penalty goal, Hore.Referee - Ally McKay (Ireland).Attendance - 1765.Glasgow 36, The Borders 22Glasgow kept up their winning run against their fellow Scots in the Celtic League today, beating The Borders by a comfortable margin on a dank, drizzling evening at Hughenden. Thus for the second successive season they registered a double against The Borders.More important, victory strengthened Glasgow's cause in the quest for a Heineken Cup place next season. Even though that European competition has completed only two rounds so far this season, thoughts are looking ahead to the next.By far the most satisfying of feature of Glasgow win was that it was achieved without no fewer than 11 regulars. The younger players rose to meet the demands of the challenge, even those raw in professional experience such as Rory Lamont and Steve Swindall. It was Lamont's Celtic League debut and Swindall's first start.As for the downside, Glasgow scored only two tries to The Borders" three. However, Calvin Howarth compensated by kicking nine goals for 26 points in the match. That was a Glasgow record in a Celtic game, beating the 24 by Dan Parks in the previous league match, the 34-20 win against Ulster three weeks ago. Nor has anyone previously kicked as many as eight penalty goals in a Celtic game for Glasgow. That penalty tally equalled the Celtic League record set by David Humphreys for Ulster against Neath nearly three years ago.But Howarth contributed more than just the bulk of the Glasgow points. His kick placements from hand turned the pressure screws in the visitors, and he had a go at a tackle-breaking thrust successfully on more than one occasion. Deservedly, he won the man-of-the-match award, and Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, readily commented that it was 'the best I"ve seen Calvin play for Glasgow."Lamont, Scott Lawson, and Andrew Wilson also drew special commendation from the coach. Lawson and Wilson were strong ball-carriers in support, and one long pass to the left by the hooker all but created a try for Kenny Logan. Wilson obviously enjoyed his role as the senior member of the back row in a new liaison with Swindall, drawn in from Glasgow Hawks" club ranks, and John Beattie, the No.8 who is still a couple of weeks short of his nineteenth birthday.Lamont's pace from full back was valuable in liaison with the equally speedy threequarters, all essentially wings, though Gareth Maclure and David Millard adapted comfortably to the centre roles. Such was Maclure's vigour that it was hard to credit that, because of prolonged injury, this was his first match since March.Like Glasgow, The Borders were short of regulars, but the home team were hungrier. They started in no mood to have any role other than game-leaders. Their rugby was played at pace, and the wonder was that they lead by no more than 12-8 at the interval though they had been knocked back into their own 22 only three times in the first half.Two Howarth penalty goals should have settled Glasgow in the first six minutes, and Howarth followed up with a forceful break to the visitors 22. Glasgow, however, conceded that position through a penalty. That allowed The Borders respite, and from a penalty lineout the forwards drove over for a try by Steve Scott. Charlie Hore missed the conversion, otherwise The Borders would have been ahead.Glasgow, however, edged away to 12-5 with two more Howarth penalty goals, the second procured by David Millard's forceful tackle on Nikki Walker. Again The Borders came back, and Hore kicked a penalty goal, though it was preceded by a blatant knock-on from a Border hand.Glasgow would have been more than four points ahead at the interval if they could have profited from phase continuity in the first half's finale. Andy Hall rampaged upfield, and Lawson was twice involved before Logan was tied down on the left.As the first half end, so the second half started, with Glasgow making all the play. Howarth kicked ahead into The Borders" 22, and Iain Berthinussen's attempted clearance fell short into Rory Kerr's eager hands. The wing, though, was squeezed out in the right corner. Then a flat crossfield kick from Howarth only just eluded both Kerr and Walker.Eventually, however, nine minutes into the second half, Glasgow had their first try from a penalty lineout on the right. Dan Turner won the throw-in, and from the ensuing ruck Sam Pinder switched back to the blind side for a try in the corner. Howarth missed the conversion.But The Borders swiftly replied. Wayne McEntee, little more than a minute on the field as a replacement, charged up the middle, and that fired Border persistence that eventually produced a Berthinussen try, the wing sent in by the workaholic Andy Miller. Alistair Warnock converted form the right touchline.Glasgow's lead was down to two points, and Howarth missed a penalty. But the last quarter swung Glasgow's way. The Borders suffered from self-imposed handicaps with two sin-binnings - first McEntee for a high and late tackle, and later Scott for killing ruck possession. Howarth's accuracy returned in kicking the goal from the first yellow card. He went on to register nine goals from 11 attempts - eight penalties and the touchline conversion of a Logan try, stretching Glasgow's lead to 30-15 after 67 minutes.Howarth had already kicked his fifth and sixth penalty goals for an eight-point lead when Lamont broke through the middle with Wilson in support, and the follow-up allowed Hall to put Logan in at the left corner. Another lapse allowed Matt Blair to score the visitors" third try from a penalty lineout, Warnock converting, but Howarth finished off with two more goals.Glasgow's victory meant that The Borders were left with the unwanted tag of a record 14 successive Celtic League defeats. Outscoring opponents on tries is not enough when too many penalties are conceded in goal-kicking range.Glasgow - Rory Lamont; Rory Kerr, David Millard, Gareth Maclure, Kenny Logan (captain); Calvin Howarth, Sam Pinder; Andrew Kelly, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, John Beattie, Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (58 minutes), John Barclay for Swindall (71), Joe Beardshaw for Beattie (70), Colin Gregor for Millard (77), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (78), Eric Milligan for Murray (84). Not used - Colin Shaw.Tries, Pinder, Logan; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (8).The Borders - Gareth Morton; Iain Berthinussen, Calum MacRae, Charlie Hore, Nikki Walker; Alistair Warnock, Drew Moore; Paul Thomson (captain), Steve Scott, Geoff Cross, Mark Blair, Colin Stewart, Andy Rennick, Kelly Brown, Andy Miller. Substitutes - Wayne McEntee for Rennick (61), Joe Pattison for Warnock (77), Will Kay for Miller (78). Not used - Tom McGee, Matt Parr, Scott Newlands, Jonny Weston. Yellow cards - McEntee (61), Scott (66).Tries, Scott, Berthinussen, Blair; conversions, Warnock (2); penalty goal, Hore.Referee - Ally McKay (Ireland).Attendance - 1765.