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Magners League: Glasgow 16-16 Newport Gwent Dragons

Glasgow (0) 16
Tries: Muldowney Cons: Weir Pens: Weir 3

Newport Gwent Dragons (6) 16
Tries: Coombs Cons: Tovey Pens: Jones 2, Tovey

Glasgow celebrate their last-gasp try at Firhill
Glasgow snatched a draw in the final seconds of a scruffy match at Firhill

A last-minute try from Aly Muldowney earned an inexperienced Glasgow side a share of the Magners League spoils with the Newport Gwent Dragons at Firhill.

Mathew Jones kicked two first-half penalties to edge the visitors ahead.

Duncan Weir levelled matters with two penalties but Andrew Coombs scored after Luke Charteris had charged down an ill-judged kick from Henry Pyrgos.

But, in the last move of the game, Muldowney flew over a pile of bodies to end a period of fierce home pressure.

Dragons' caretaker coach Darren Edwards remains unbeaten in five games but his opposite number, Sean Lineen, is likely to be the happier man after a thrilling finale to a largely scruffy game.

The Welsh visitors began brightly, moving the ball around with ease on the badly rutted sandpit that passes for a pitch at Firhill, but were perhaps guilty of complacency as they lost their way after the interval.

A callow Glasgow side took the game by the scuff of the neck in the second half and will be kicking themselves for not making more of their territorial advantage.

Jones slotted over a simple early penalty as the home side were punished for not releasing in front of their own posts.

Glasgow responded with a period of sustained attacking but were repelled by some strong tackling near the try-line and a promising spell fizzled out after a crossing offence.

Weir, making a start after Ruaridh Jackson's Scotland call, had the chance to level the scores with a penalty near the halfway line but his effort drifted narrowly wide.

And Jones showed his fellow stand-off the way it should be done with his second successful kick.

Weir then squandered two more opportunities from long-range, with his third attempt skewed horribly wide.

Glasgow were full of vim and vigour after the restart and Weir finally found his range to reduce the deficit with a penalty on 46 minutes.

Glasgow stand-off Duncan Weir
Weir missed three first-half penalties but responded well after the break

Soon after, a promising burst from Weir came to nothing with a wild pass to Hefin O'Hare in the corner skidding along the turf and out of play.

But Weir made amends with a close-range penalty as indiscipline crept into the Dragons' ranks.

The home side caught a lucky break when a chip and chase from Adam Hughes saw the ball take an awkward bounce and the Welsh winger lost his footing 10 metres short of the line, allowing replacement scrum-half Pyrgos to get back and make the tackle.

But Pyrgos almost immediately gifted the visitors a try when his attempt to clear was blocked by the towering Charteris and Coombs had the simple task of scooping the loose ball up and popping it over.

Jason Tovey converted the score before Weir saw a long-range penalty sail over to keep Glasgow in touch.

Tovey pushed the visitors further ahead with a penalty from 25 yards, leaving the hosts in need of a converted try in the final minutes.

Their task was made easier when Ben Castle was shown a yellow card for a cynical foul at the breakdown and Glasgow made their extra man count.

Weir went to ground just short of the try-line and was driven forward by a cluster of team-mates, only for the video replay to show that the defenders had won that particular battle.

But Glasgow were not to be denied and Muldowney sprung through a narrow gap on a frantic line to touch down, with Weir adding the extras.


Glasgow Warriors: Hogg, O'Hare, Murchie, Horne, van der Merwe, Weir, Gregor, Grant, Thomson, Kalman, Muldowney, Ryder, Eddie, Wilson, Forrester.
Replacements: Stortoni for Hogg (61), Aramburu for Horne (60), Pyrgos for Gregor (60), Tkachuk for Kalman (63), Fusaro for Eddie (71). Not Used: Gillies, Reid, Campbell.

Newport-Gwent D'gons: Harries, Hughes, Riley, Smith, A. Brew, M. Jones, W. Evans, Price, Burns, Way, Charteris, Morgan, Coombs, L. Evans, Bearman.
Replacements: Watkins for Riley (55), Tovey for M. Jones (51), Gustafson for Price (61), S. Jones for Burns (55), Castle for Way (47), Sidoli for Morgan (66), H. Ellis for Coombs (72). Not Used: Petri.

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Ref: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)



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