Glasgow return to winning ways with 32-5 victory over Napier
Glasgow University RFC 1st XV 32 – 5 Edinburgh Napier RFC 1st XV
Despite the somewhat dreich conditions, a sizeable crowd made it up to Garscube to watch Glasgow kick start the New Year against a Napier side looking to get revenge for the loss they suffered when the two sides met earlier in the season. Glasgow started well as they enjoyed the majority of territory and possession and were rewarded early on as Michael McCrea dived over at the back of a trademark Glasgow driving maul. Throughout the game Glasgow were able to exert a large amount of pressure through their well-oiled mauls and indeed all of Glasgow’s five tries were either a direct or indirect result of a maul. While the kick was missed, it did not take long for Glasgow to increase their lead as Euan Mckean sent over a penalty kick from in front of the posts. At this point Napier began to get a hold in the game and tested the Glasgow defence on a number of occasions, however they could do nothing to prevent another try as Matt Horsman scored in a similar manner to his second row partner. The teams went in at half time with the home side leading 13-0. Something must have been said in the Napier huddle at half time because they came out of the blocks raring to go and raised their intensity to unprecedented levels during the first 10 minutes of the second half. After a couple of silly errors and needless penalties from Glasgow, Napier edged their way closer to the line and finished off with a powerful run from one of their props. The kick was missed bringing the scores to 13-5. Glasgow replied almost immediately, again as a result from a driving maul but this time the score came from an unusual source given the nature of the try as winger Jack Somerville cheekily latched onto the back of the maul and wrestled his way over for a crucial five-pointer. The kick was good and Glasgow stretched their lead to 20-5. Glasgow then enjoyed a purple match as the forwards’ dominance in the set piece gave the team quality possession and field position. Another driven lineout was eventually spun out to the backs and Somerville streaked through to claim his brace. Although the try was unconverted, substitute Ben Docherty secured the win, diving in the corner from a ruck after another maul. Clearly their was something in the water that the second rows were drinking before the game. The try was converted by Cameron Roscoe and the game ended soon after with the final score of 32-5. Glasgow will be pleased to get the win in what was a scrappy game. Excellent set piece and driving mauls were the deciding factor in the end but still things to improve on before next weeks game against Stirling which is sure to be another testing affair.