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Last Updated: Friday, 12 May 2006, 19:50 GMT 20:50 UK
Glasgow 17-10 Scarlets
CELTIC LEAGUE
Glasgow fly-half Dan Parks
Glasgow (6) 17
Try: Petrie
Pens: Parks (4)
Scarlets (3) 10
Try: Gravelle
Con: C Evans
Pen: C Evans
Att: 1,014
Glasgow kept alive their hopes of Heineken Cup qualification with a comeback win against 14-man Scarlets.

An Aled Gravelle try gave the visitors the advantage, but Dan Parks' 12 points edged the home team ahead at Firhill.

A Jon Petrie try took them clear and as the Scarlets fought back Wales number eight Alix Popham was sent off for disputing a poor refereeing decision.

Consolation for the visitors came with a bonus point that guarantees them Heineken Cup rugby next season.

They cannot now be overtaken by the Dragons, who will face a play-off with the third-best Italian team for the final European slot if they fail to overhaul the Ospreys.

It's been a while since we've won, we'll enjoy this
Glasgow man-of-the-match Dan Parks

The visitors took the early advantage in the game with a Craig Evans penalty, but lost the initiative when Popham was sin-binned for a high and dangerous tackle on Fergus Thomson.

Parks landed the resultant penalty, and added a second with Popham still cooling his heels.

The Glasgow fly-half missed with two other chances in a dire first half, though, leaving it at 6-3 at the break.

The Scarlets made a more promising start to the second period, replacement Paul Mackey impressing.

It was a technical red card, so I don't think Popham's chances of touring Argentina will be affected
Scarlets team manager Anthony Buchanan

With the line at the Welsh side's mercy, Glasgow centre Andrew Henderson came in from an offside position and was punished with a yellow card.

The visitors went for the jugular with a series of scrums, before eventually releasing to the backs.

Recycled ball was sent wide by Dwayne Peel, hooker Gravelle receiving in midfield and showing the nous to throw a dummy past Colin Gregor for the opening try.

Sloppy forward work from the Scarlets gave Parks a further two penalties, though, as the home side regained the lead.

The Llanelli team then blew the restart, giving Glasgow the platform for a swift attack up the centre of the field.

Their forwards recycled quickly and fed Parks, who put flanker Petrie clear in the corner.

Regan King and Dafydd Jones combined to spark a fine Scarlets attack, ended when a sniping Peel was held up over the try line.

From the scrum five Popham appeared to control the ball perfectly at his feet, but referee George Clancy ruled that it had come out, allowing Glasgow to steal possession.

Popham reacted with an angry gesture and comment aimed at Clancy, leading to a sending off for a second yellow-card offence, a decision that could affect his hopes of touring with Wales to Argentina next month.

The under-strength Scarlets bravely came back at Glasgow, but the Scots had enough to hold on and end a six-game Celtic League losing streak.

Borders' loss at Ulster means that Scotland's second and final Heineken Cup qualifiers will be decided on a tense final weekend of action.


  • Glasgow man-of-the-match Dan Parks:
    "It's been a while since we've won, we'll enjoy this.

    "Our appetite has always been there - we've come close without finishing things off so it was nice to close it out tonight.

    "It's been a frustrating season, but there's one more game to go and we hope to finish with two wins."

  • Scarlets team manager Anthony Buchanan:
    "We welt we created enough chances to win so - although we're chuffed to be in the Heineken Cup - we're very disappointed.

    "Popham's red card was also a big disappointment. He showed his frustration and we'll listen to what he has to say about the incident.

    "It was a technical red card, so I don't think his chances of touring Argentina will be affected."


    Glasgow: Shaw, Davey, O'Hare, Henderson, Lamont, Parks, Gregor, Tckachuk, Thomson, Prescott, Eddie, Turner, Petrie, MacFadyen, Beattie.
    Replacements: Morrison for Lamont (40), Lawson for Thomson (50), Corsar for Prescott (48), Hamilton for Eddie (25). Not Used: Barclay, Monaghan, Staniforth.

    Llanelli Scarlets: G. Evans, Daniels, King, G. Evans, Selley, C. Evans, Peel, I. Thomas, Gravelle, Dunlea, Cooper, Louw, Afeaki, A. Popham, D. Jones.
    Replacements: Mackey for G. Evans (47), John for I. Thomas (47), Mills for Afeaki (67). Not Used: J. Davies, Owen, Stuart-Smith, A. Jones.

    Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)




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