2XV Match Report 28/10/2015:
Dundee 2XV (h)
Courtesy of Captain- Angus Lindsay
The week’s preparations had been unsettled in advance of an important league fixture against Dundee. With the firsts playing away to Manchester Met, the 2XV gained a few players who were unable to make the journey, but lost a few stalwarts to late first XV call-ups. This meant that were a number of new faces involved in the squad, perhaps contributing to a slightly sluggish warm-up. This however, did not affect the Glasgow team who came out of the changing room firing on all cylinders.
Playing down the hill, Glasgow exerted early pressure on the challenger’s right from the kick off but could not seem to convert the time spent into the opposition 22 into points. It took a break from blind-side flanker Ben Kenderdine to unravel the Dundee defensive line and feed fullback Luthias to score in the corner. The conversion was unfortunately missed but it put some points on the board to settle the team down. The men native to the Kelvingrove continued as they had started, with further pressure in the Dundee half earning a penalty in front of the posts. As Slumbers stepped up to take the kick there was a sudden change in climatic conditions. The rain fell just a bit heavier and it all became too much for the young fly half not yet acclimatised to typical Glasgow rugby conditions. Nudging it just wide off the woodwork one would be forgiven for thinking that this miss could have had an impact on the debutant’s confidence. However, it became clear that the lad was made of sterner stuff. Dusting himself down he managed to continue to marshal the troops to again build pressure and send Michael Finlayson over the whitewash. Slumbers slotted the conversion. The only time Dundee really looked like scoring came towards the end of the first half when they had a period of sustained pressure on the Glasgow line. Soft penalties had allowed them the field position, yet top notch line defence was produced by the men in black and gold, nullifying the threat.
With the second half the weather closed in once again as the floodlights flickered into life. This did not stop the Glasgow team from putting together some sensational phases of rugby. A second impressive try for Luthias got the scoreboard going in the second half. By the fiftieth minute mark it felt as if Dundee had run out of ideas, but they fought to the very end making the team pay at scrum time. Glasgow managed to suffocate them at line-out time thanks to the work of resident cat-burglar Jerome Knowles. The hosts were also causing serious problems in the midfield through the subtle blend of evasion and aggression that can only be brought to the arena by Ireland’s nicest man Louis Fields and his right hand man Damien Genocchio. Two tries for Ben Kenderdine saw him finish off an excellent all round performance in style. The first was a crafty quick tap and go from inside the five, whilst the second was a signature carry which was just enough to get him across the line.
FT Score: 29-0 win.
This was an excellent all round team performance with every single player putting in a shift. A real impetus made by the bench also added fresh legs and quality to the encounter. It was difficult to pick a man of the match with so many performances all over the pitch but Ben Kenderdine’s work in the loose and at breakdown was excellent and he just clinches it.