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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 February, 2004, 17:11 GMT
Connacht 28-28 Glasgow

CELTIC LEAGUE
Alan Bulloch has scored four  tries in Glasgow's last three games
Connacht (25) 28
Tries: McPhillips 2, McHugh
Cons: Elwood 2
Pens: Elwood 3
Glasgow (9) 28
Tries: Lamont, Metcalfe, Bulloch
Cons: Parks 2
Pens: Howarth 3

A late try from centre Alan Bulloch helped Glasgow to share the spoils with Connacht at the Sportsground.

Bullock, making a record 122nd appearance for Glasgow helped his side rub out a 16-point half-time deficit.

Sean Lamont, and Glenn Metcalfe also touched down while Calvin Howarth landed three penalties.

Winger Conor McPhillips grabbed a brace for Connacht with Mark McHugh also scoring and Eric Elwood kicking 13 points.

Connacht led 25-9 at the break but they paid the price for only adding an Eric Elwood penalty in the second half as Glasgow, inspired by replacement outside-half Dan Parks, bounced back.

The visitors led after three minutes as number 10 Calvin Howarth drove over a penalty from Connacht's 10-metre line into a strong breeze but Connacht bounced back with McPhillips scoring in the 14th minute.

Howarth slotted over a 21st-minute penalty to draw within one before Connacht lock Mike McCarthy made yards down the left flank, offloading for McPhillips in support to go over in the left corner.

Elwood missed with the conversion but cancelled out Howarth's third penalty on 29 minutes with two of his own on 31 and 35 minutes for an 18-9 lead.

Glasgow went further behind in first-half injury time when, with prop Euan Murray sin-binned, Connacht full-back McHugh touched down with Elwood again successful with the extras.

The Scots hit a purple patch near the end when Parks released free-running wing Lamont to score in the right corner, and had a hand in Glasgow's second try as Metcalfe went under the posts for Parks to make it a four-point game.

Elwood struck his third penalty on 74 minutes but Bulloch was hero when he slipped under the posts after a short Glasgow drive to set up Parks to convert for the stalemate.


Connacht: M McHugh; M Mostyn, D Yapp, S Moore, C McPhillips; E Elwood, C O'Loughlin; D McFarland, B Jackman, A Clarke; M McCarthy, A Farley; P Neville, T Carter, J O'Sullivan. Replacements: J Fogarty, F Boiroux, D Browne, M Swift, M Walls, D Hewitt, T Robinson.

Glasgow: Glenn Metcalfe, Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Sean Lamont, Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge, Euan Murray, Scott Lawson, Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Nathan Ross, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen.
Replacements: Simon Gunn, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Roland Reid, Sam Pinder, Dan Parks, David Millard.



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