Glasgow 1st XV win again with victory over Stirling
Glasgow University RFC 1st XV 24 – 5 Stirling University 1st XV
Glasgow made it back-to-back home victories for the first time this season when they beat Stirling in similar conditions to the win over Napier. Though wet underfoot, Glasgow tried to play some running rugby and after 20 minutes of stalemate, Scott Mckean slid over to open the… scoring; finishing off a well worked training ground move. The kick was missed but Glasgow started to gain some control over the match. With around 10 minutes of the half left Glasgow produced the best move of the match. It started from a solid scrum on the halfway line which allowed centre Andrew Warnock the space to break through and evade a couple of tackles before offloading to captain Richard Murdoch who made a surging run up to the 22m and timed the pass inside to Dom Lawson perfectly who dived over under the posts. The conversion was good and so Glasgow went in at half time 12-0 up. Stirling came out of the blocks firing in the second half and put Glasgow under a lot of pressure but the boys in black and gold managed to weather storm and some excellent defensive work allowed the team to clear their lines and launch another attack. Camped on their own line, Stirling had the chance to clear from a scrum but were met with ferocious defence and the ball was turned over. After some good forward play the ball was released to Warnock who finished well and the kick was added to stretch Glasgow’s lead to 19 points. It was not long before Glasgow were back inside Stirling’s 22 and after some excellent continuity from both forwards and backs, the ball eventually found its way to that man again Andrew Warnock, who slid over for his second and the team’s fourth. Unfortunately the kick was missed but the result was now secure. Stirling were determined to avoid leaving with no points and they were rewarded for their persistence with a try in the last minute of the game bringing the final score to 24-5. Glasgow’s all round performance was a step up from last week against Napier and the team will look to carry their winning momentum into their game against St Andrews which is sure to be another stern test in two weeks time.