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BBC Sport's Andrew Cotter
"It seemed an unlikely victory at half-time"
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Sunday, 7 October, 2001, 16:23 GMT 17:23 UK
Glasgow beaten by Saints fightback
Glasgow were overpowered in the second period
Glasgow were overpowered in the second period
Northampton 30-9 Glasgow

Northampton took the direct route to Heineken Cup victory over Glasgow at a rain-drenched Franklin's Gardens.

Scotland captain Budge Pountney returned to haunt his international team-mates, rounding off a comfortable second-half stroll with the fourth Saints score.

It ended a miserable afternoon for Glasgow, who started brightly but were eventually taken apart by a Northampton pack which established clear superiority after the interval and thoroughly deserved their win.

Northampton had no fewer than five Scottish internationals in their starting line-up and they got their Heineken Cup campaign back on track after a sorry opening-day defeat at Cardiff..

In contrast, Glasgow's bid to become the first Scottish side to reach the quarter-finals looks at an end unless they can quickly reproduce the form which has taken them into the last eight of the Celtic League.

Andy Nicol's Glasgow are now bottom
Andy Nicol's Glasgow are now bottom
The visitors started well, fly-half Tommy Hayes putting them in front with a second-minute penalty, and they continued to hold the initiative for most of the opening period.

Hayes failed with a second penalty chance, before eventually extending Glasgow's lead with a smartly taken 35 metre drop-goal.

Matt Dawson replied with a penalty for the home side, for whom Ben Cohen and Mark Tucker had gone close.

Cohen's best work was in defence, where he clung on to Jon Stuart and hauled him down after Glenn Metcalfe had broken over halfway.

Northampton lost Ali Hepher midway through the opening period, and the introduction of James Brooks at fly-half gave Saints a fresher look - although the Glasgow defence had taken on the look of a brick wall.

In the second half, Northampton started to turn the screw and Brooks was on hand to finish off after Dawson and Cohen had both failed to burrow their way over following a 30 metre forward drive.

Ben Cohen is halted just short of the line
Ben Cohen is halted just short of the line
As conditions worsened, Brooks took the wrong option when Metcalfe slipped on the greasy surface attempting to tidy up Dawson's clever chip-kick and he knocked on as he tried to pick up a ball which was barely five metres from the visitors' line with not a defending player in sight.

Dawson's failed penalty attempt increased the edginess among the home support.

But, with dominance established in the pack there was little to fear.

Cohen darted left after the Saints forwards had again gone close, and although Tucker juggled the winger's pass he eventually crashed over.

Dawson failed to convert but exchanged penalties with Hayes to maintain Northampton's advantage.

Glasgow had already accepted their fate by the time Luca Martin strode over in the corner after the visitors had again been dragged under their posts for defensive duty.

Pountney's injury-time score merely rubbed salt into Scottish wounds.


Northampton: Tucker, Moir, Jorgensen, Leslie, Cohen, Hepher, Dawson, Smith, Thompson, Stewart, Phillips, Hunter, Blowers, Pountney, Seely.

Replacements: Brotherstone, Todd, Newman, Soden, Malone, Brooks, Martin.

Glasgow: Metcalfe, Steel, McLaren, Henderson, Bartlett, Hayes, Nicol, Hilton, G. Bulloch, Harrison, Ross, White, Reid, Flockhart, Petrie.

Replacements: Scott, Blades, McIlwham, A. Hall, Beveridge, Stuart, Irving.

Referee: M Salera (Italy)

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