Celtic League - Round-up: Glasgow steal draw

PA Sport - Fri, 05 Mar 23:08:00 2010

Glasgow missed their chance to move back to the top of the Celtic League but fought back valiantly to claim a 19-19 draw with Connacht at the Sportsground.

Sean Lineen - Glasgow - 0

An injury-time try from flanker James Eddie saw Sean Lineen's side dash Connacht's hopes of a much-needed win and, although replacement Colin Gregor flashed his touchline conversion wide of the uprights, Glasgow were still the happier side at the final whistle.

Leading 14-3 thanks to three Ruaridh Jackson penalties and a try from DTH van der Merwe, Glasgow looked set to take the spoils.

However, bottom side Connacht engineered a tremendous fightback, with Ian Keatley kicking two penalties and converting a slick solo try from Gavin Duffy.

Keatley's fourth successful penalty, three minutes from time and with Glasgow's Calum Forrester in the sin-bin, looked to be the match-winning score, but Eddie had other ideas and he scrambled over in the left corner, with the grounding confirmed by TMO Dermot Moloney.

Scarlets 25-8 Ulster

The Scarlets sealed a much-needed Celtic League victory with a 25-8 victory over Ulster at Parc y Scarlets.

The west Wales region are now just two points behind the Cardiff Blues in ninth place, but are still in danger of not qualifying for the Heineken Cup as they are presently the lowest placed Welsh side in the league. And they might rue not managing to score a bonus-point try.

Ulster's cause was not helped by David Pollock and Ryan Caldwell being sent to the sin-bin in the second half, although the Scarlets dominated possession and territory and were 15-3 ahead at the interval.

The home side scored first with a try after just three minutes, made by a break by Nigerian-born wing Joe Ajuwa.

He went close down the right before the ball was spread left and fellow wing Andy Fenby went over unopposed.

It was the Scarlets, desperate to get up the Magners table, who scored a second try on 20 minutes when number eight David Lyons put scrum-half Tavis Knoyle on a 40-metre run to the line.

After that it was all Scarlets until Humphreys kicked a long-range penalty in first-half injury-time.

Ulster made their intentions known at the start of the second half, scoring a try in the first 86 seconds with Paddy Wallace crashing over after a break by Isaac Boss.

But just as the Scarlets feared a sustained Ulster comeback, Pollock was shown a yellow card for killing the ball in front of his posts, allowing Rhys Priestland to convert a penalty to give the home side a 18-8 lead.

Lions hooker Matthew Rees came on for the last half an hour to test the groin injury which has so far kept him out of Wales' Six Nations Championship campaign. And he helped inspire his team to a try on the hour mark. It was finally scored by outside-half Priestland but that was after the forwards had softened up Ulster by going through 11 phases. But after that the Scarlets were unable to create another chance and missed out on the bonus point.

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