1st XV Match Report: 28/10/2015
Manchester Metropolitan (a)
An away trip to Manchester meant an early start and a lengthy bus journey; but after a sharp warm up and some words from captain David Patterson, Glasgow started the brighter of the two sides. A midfield scrum early in the game allowed Andrew Hemmings to feed Sam Bullock who linked with Kyle Henderson to create a 2 on 1 with the full back. Quick hands left it for Jack Somerville to run in from the 22. Kyle missed the conversion to leave it 5-0 in what was a very positive start from Glasgow. However, a couple of minutes after this, Glasgow were on the back foot in their own 22. A poor kick chase from an exit play allowed Man Met. to successfully counter down the narrow side and Glasgow where under their posts at 5-5. With Manchester Met missing the conversion, the scores remained level. Shortly afterwards, there was more trouble for Glasgow. After briefly holding firm, a miscommunication in defence allowed Man Met to create a 2 on 1 and their number 8 scored in the corner. A missed conversion left the score at 10-5.
This score-line sparked a response from the boys, who began to go through the gears in the latter part of the first half. After working their way up the pitch, a penalty saw Glasgow kick to the corner giving the pack a chance to maul from ten yards out. A strong take from Theo Nwosu-Hope and cohesive pack effort saw Glasgow rumble over the line, Andrew Hemmings being the man in control and dotting down. Kyle Henderson converted with a good kick to make the score 12-10 to Glasgow. The scores would remain unchanged until half time. At the break, the messages from Head Coach James Wade highlighted Glasgow’s dominance at set piece and the importance of starting the second half the sharper of the two sides.
The boys took this on board and in the early stages of the second half they had extended their lead. After going through the phases, a Glasgow penalty was awarded and kicked into the corner. From the lineout, Jonny Spence picked out Nick Hurn who set up another driving maul which made its way over the line. Fraser Christie was the lucky man at the back who got to dot this one down. A sweet strike from Kyle on the touchline left at the score 19-10 to Glasgow. The game had been stop start throughout and the following 15 minutes were much the same. That was until a quick tap from Sam Bullock on the Man Met 22 saw him hit Euan McKean, who fizzed a pass to Jack Somerville allowing him to slide in the corner to bag his second try of the day. Another good strike from Kyle saw the lead stretch to 26-10 and finished the scoring. The mood at the final whistle was one of slight disappointment, despite the win. The performance was not quite to the boys liking, but after a long bus journey and coming up against a dogged Man Met., they headed back to Glasgow with a win. The fixture in the next round will be against the University of Liverpool.
First caps for Matthew Hamilton and Dylan Simmons.
MoM: Jack Connor