Glasgow overcome Borders

Borders 7 Glasgow 10

Borders 7 Glasgow 10

Glasgow broke their Celtic League duck by edging out the Borders in a jittery encounter at the gusty Greenyards.

Each side could only carve out one try in an error-strewn and disjointed tussle and a penalty by Scotland playmaker Dan Parks proved to be the clincher.

Borders made a storming start by creating a series of raids which pinned Glasgow back in their own danger zone for more than five minutes.

Their patience was not immediately rewarded, however, as a combination of poor finishing and strong defence from the visitors kept them out.

The Warriors eventually cleared their lines, only to be put on the back foot again by a superb 70-metre clearance to touch by Borders stand-off Charlie Hore.

This time, the home troops turned pressure into points, thanks to a lethal surge by former Glasgow man Stuart Moffat.

The winger timed his angled run to perfection as he latched on to a clever inside pop-pass from hooker Stevie Scott and brushed off Jon Petrie’s challenge to reach the target.

Hore slotted the conversion – only for the Borders to suffer an immediate setback when skipper Paul Thomson was sent to the sinbin.

Glasgow took instant advantage of their extra player by squaring the contest. They earned the feed by wheeling a scrum under the Borders crossbar – allowing Petrie to pick up the ball at the base and send scrum-half Sam Pinder scuttling past flanker Wayne McEntee for the touchdown.

Outside half Parks defied the swirling breeze to thump over the goal and followed up with a confidently-struck penalty to give the Warriors the edge at the interval.

Glasgow reappeared without Lions hooker Gordon Bulloch, who had taken a knock. He was replaced by Scotland Under-21 international Scott Lawson.

Warriors looked the hungrier outfit in the opening stages of the half but, as was the case with their rivals, they spoiled the good work with a spate of basic mistakes in contact.

Having soaked up the pressure, Borders stepped up the tempo at the other end and Moffat looked on course for another score until he was bundled into touch just a metre short of the line.

They kept up the momentum and should have levelled the issue with a simple penalty by Hore but he pulled it narrowly wide.

Callum MacRae then embarked on a sizzling run down the middle, but could not link with any of his Borders support men.

Glasgow were then left raging when they were denied what appeared to be a valid second try.

Paul Dearlove could not cleanly gather a Parks cross-kick and, after the ball dribbled backwards, full-back Scott Barrow scooped it up and plunged over.

But Welsh referee Hugh Watkins ruled that Dearlove had committed a knock-on.

Both sides had opportunities in the frantic last few minutes, but neither could break through.

And the Borders frustrations were complete when Hore missed another penalty with the last kick of the game.

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