Glasgow'S Rare Home Defeat

Glasgow 23, Leinster 30What a difference a week can make! Seven days ago Glasgow were on a high with their huge win at Llanelli: this evening they were back at home at Hughenden and back down to earth with defeat by Leinster.It was the first Celtic League game Glasgow had lost at home since October. That was by another Irish team, Munster.But even in defeat tonight Glasgow had a bonus. Losing by only seven points gained them the point that edged them ahead of Edinburgh in the inter-city duel for Scottish rugby's top-seeding slot in next season's Heineken Cup. Edinburgh gained nothing from their 20-30 defeat by Munster in Limerick, and Glasgow finished just that one point ahead in that internecine contest - 45 to 44.Those two results, coupled with Dragons 24-19 win against Connacht at Newport, shook out the final positions in the Celtic League table as well as defining who will pay against whom in the Celtic Cup quarter-finals in two weeks" time. Ironically, Glasgow and Edinburgh will play against the Irish team who beat them this evening. Both cup-ties, though, will be in Ireland, with Glasgow having to visit Dublin and Edinburgh returning to Limerick.Glasgow tonight were not the team who overwhelmed Llanelli last week. Quite simply, they were not allowed to be the flowing side who could run almost everything at will, as they had done at Stradey Park. The Hughenden game was a harder, tighter contest. Every ball had to be fiercely competed for. It was a match of big hits rather than big scores.Yet the match was none the less entertaining and exciting, and it drew out its worthy competitors. Rather than the Stradey Park try-scoring exploits of the Lamont brothers it was the hard yards gained by the likes of Paul Dearlove and Andrew Henderson for which the game was most notable. Dearlove would have deserved the man of the match if such an award had been available.Nor did Irish rugby's golden boy, Brian O'driscoll, shine as is his wont. The British and Irish Lions" captain had to defer to the brute strength of the likes of Ben Gissing and Victor Costello for the foundations of Leinster's win.Just occasionally, the game sparked away from the infantry's hand-to-hand dogfight. The light cavalry was allowed to charge, as when Gary Brown and Kieran Lewis combined on the left to send Girvan Dempsey in for Leinster's opening try. Or when Glasgow showed a glimpse of how they had played at Llanelli - for Rory Lamont to score and bring his team back into the contest after they had been down 3-13 at half-time.In the immediate aftermath Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, was drawn to consider the rematch in a fortnight's time, and he was not dismayed. "We don't have anything to fear from Leinster," he averred. "We know how they play."Looking back on tonight's match, he identified the phase when Dempsey scored his try as the key point. "We threw the game away in the second quarter. Leinster slowed our ball down, and we couldn't get into the game at that stage."Even in a scoreless first quarter the contest had its bright moments, first from Leinster, when Rory Lamont had to stop Brown in the Glasgow 22. Then Sam Pinder ran out from close to the Glasgow goal-line to send Sean Lamont away. But the wing was denied by Lewis.David Holwell and Dan Parks traded penalty goals, respectively in 22 and 27 minutes. But between those scores Glasgow seemed to be refused a patently clear penalty, when Guy Easterby appeared to handle the ball in the feet of the Glasgow half of a scrum in front of the Leinster posts after Henderson's surge almost to the line.Dempsey's try was converted by Holwell, who added a couple of penalty goals, one each side of the interval so that Leinster led 16-3 only a minute into the second half. But Glasgow struck back with two quick tries for a 17-16 lead after 47 minutes.Dearlove's lineout take on the left and Gordon Bulloch's committing drive laid the ground for the first of those scores. Henderson's long pass, missing Calvin Howarth's intrusion feint, allowed Andy Craig to send the younger Lamont in, the wing straightening and accelerating through a slender gap.Parks converted, and almost immediately he intercepted just inside his own half to run all the way to score between the posts. The stand-off, of course, added a second conversion.Leinster's forwards responded with a series of churning mauls along the Glasgow line before Lewis was sent into the left corner. Holwell converted.Two penalty goals by Parks, the position for the second created by a Dearlove surge, clawed Glasgow level at 23-all in 66 minutes. They might well have gone into the lead if Parks could have kicked another goal between those two. He missed with a long-range drop, and instead he was offered a second bite with a penalty. But that went wide as well.Leinster revived their persistence for Gissing to drive over, Holwell converting from well out on the right.While Glasgow were still down 17-23, Kenny Logan substituted for Calvin Howarth. It was his last appearance in front of a Scottish crowd before his long career ends in retirement. Not all such tales have a happy ending, though the crowd of more than 4000 gave him a warm send-off.Glasgow - Calvin Howarth; Rory Lamont, Andy Craig, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain). Substitutes - Kenny Logan for Howarth (51 minutes), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (51-72 and 77), Scott Barrow for Henderson (58), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (67), John Beattie for Dearlove (74), Andrew Hall for Beardshaw (74). Not used - Ben Prescott.Tries, Rory Lamont, Parks; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goals, Parks (3).Leinster - Girvan Dempsey; Gary Brown, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Kieran Lewis; David Holwell, Guy Easterby; Reggie Corrigan (captain), Shane Byrne, Ricky Nebbett, Ben Gissing, Leo Cullen, Des Dillon, Victor Costello, Keith Gleeson._Substitutes - Emmett Byrne for Nebbett (51), Brian O"Meara for Easterby (51), Shane Jennings for Gleeson (64), David Blaney for Shane Byrne (74). Not used - Simon Crawford, Felipe Contepomi, David Quinlan.Tries, Dempsey, Lewis, Gissing; conversions, Howell (3); penalty goals, Holwell (3).Referee - Phil Fear (Wales).Attendance - 4364.Glasgow 23, Leinster 30What a difference a week can make! Seven days ago Glasgow were on a high with their huge win at Llanelli: this evening they were back at home at Hughenden and back down to earth with defeat by Leinster.It was the first Celtic League game Glasgow had lost at home since October. That was by another Irish team, Munster.But even in defeat tonight Glasgow had a bonus. Losing by only seven points gained them the point that edged them ahead of Edinburgh in the inter-city duel for Scottish rugby's top-seeding slot in next season's Heineken Cup. Edinburgh gained nothing from their 20-30 defeat by Munster in Limerick, and Glasgow finished just that one point ahead in that internecine contest - 45 to 44.Those two results, coupled with Dragons 24-19 win against Connacht at Newport, shook out the final positions in the Celtic League table as well as defining who will pay against whom in the Celtic Cup quarter-finals in two weeks" time. Ironically, Glasgow and Edinburgh will play against the Irish team who beat them this evening. Both cup-ties, though, will be in Ireland, with Glasgow having to visit Dublin and Edinburgh returning to Limerick.Glasgow tonight were not the team who overwhelmed Llanelli last week. Quite simply, they were not allowed to be the flowing side who could run almost everything at will, as they had done at Stradey Park. The Hughenden game was a harder, tighter contest. Every ball had to be fiercely competed for. It was a match of big hits rather than big scores.Yet the match was none the less entertaining and exciting, and it drew out its worthy competitors. Rather than the Stradey Park try-scoring exploits of the Lamont brothers it was the hard yards gained by the likes of Paul Dearlove and Andrew Henderson for which the game was most notable. Dearlove would have deserved the man of the match if such an award had been available.Nor did Irish rugby's golden boy, Brian O'driscoll, shine as is his wont. The British and Irish Lions" captain had to defer to the brute strength of the likes of Ben Gissing and Victor Costello for the foundations of Leinster's win.Just occasionally, the game sparked away from the infantry's hand-to-hand dogfight. The light cavalry was allowed to charge, as when Gary Brown and Kieran Lewis combined on the left to send Girvan Dempsey in for Leinster's opening try. Or when Glasgow showed a glimpse of how they had played at Llanelli - for Rory Lamont to score and bring his team back into the contest after they had been down 3-13 at half-time.In the immediate aftermath Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, was drawn to consider the rematch in a fortnight's time, and he was not dismayed. "We don't have anything to fear from Leinster," he averred. "We know how they play."Looking back on tonight's match, he identified the phase when Dempsey scored his try as the key point. "We threw the game away in the second quarter. Leinster slowed our ball down, and we couldn't get into the game at that stage."Even in a scoreless first quarter the contest had its bright moments, first from Leinster, when Rory Lamont had to stop Brown in the Glasgow 22. Then Sam Pinder ran out from close to the Glasgow goal-line to send Sean Lamont away. But the wing was denied by Lewis.David Holwell and Dan Parks traded penalty goals, respectively in 22 and 27 minutes. But between those scores Glasgow seemed to be refused a patently clear penalty, when Guy Easterby appeared to handle the ball in the feet of the Glasgow half of a scrum in front of the Leinster posts after Henderson's surge almost to the line.Dempsey's try was converted by Holwell, who added a couple of penalty goals, one each side of the interval so that Leinster led 16-3 only a minute into the second half. But Glasgow struck back with two quick tries for a 17-16 lead after 47 minutes.Dearlove's lineout take on the left and Gordon Bulloch's committing drive laid the ground for the first of those scores. Henderson's long pass, missing Calvin Howarth's intrusion feint, allowed Andy Craig to send the younger Lamont in, the wing straightening and accelerating through a slender gap.Parks converted, and almost immediately he intercepted just inside his own half to run all the way to score between the posts. The stand-off, of course, added a second conversion.Leinster's forwards responded with a series of churning mauls along the Glasgow line before Lewis was sent into the left corner. Holwell converted.Two penalty goals by Parks, the position for the second created by a Dearlove surge, clawed Glasgow level at 23-all in 66 minutes. They might well have gone into the lead if Parks could have kicked another goal between those two. He missed with a long-range drop, and instead he was offered a second bite with a penalty. But that went wide as well.Leinster revived their persistence for Gissing to drive over, Holwell converting from well out on the right.While Glasgow were still down 17-23, Kenny Logan substituted for Calvin Howarth. It was his last appearance in front of a Scottish crowd before his long career ends in retirement. Not all such tales have a happy ending, though the crowd of more than 4000 gave him a warm send-off.Glasgow - Calvin Howarth; Rory Lamont, Andy Craig, Andrew Henderson, Sean Lamont; Dan Parks, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Gordon Bulloch, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain). Substitutes - Kenny Logan for Howarth (51 minutes), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (51-72 and 77), Scott Barrow for Henderson (58), Scott Lawson for Bulloch (67), John Beattie for Dearlove (74), Andrew Hall for Beardshaw (74). Not used - Ben Prescott.Tries, Rory Lamont, Parks; conversions, Parks (2); penalty goals, Parks (3).Leinster - Girvan Dempsey; Gary Brown, Brian O'Driscoll, Gordon D'Arcy, Kieran Lewis; David Holwell, Guy Easterby; Reggie Corrigan (captain), Shane Byrne, Ricky Nebbett, Ben Gissing, Leo Cullen, Des Dillon, Victor Costello, Keith Gleeson._Substitutes - Emmett Byrne for Nebbett (51), Brian O"Meara for Easterby (51), Shane Jennings for Gleeson (64), David Blaney for Shane Byrne (74). Not used - Simon Crawford, Felipe Contepomi, David Quinlan.Tries, Dempsey, Lewis, Gissing; conversions, Howell (3); penalty goals, Holwell (3).Referee - Phil Fear (Wales).Attendance - 4364.