Special Reserve; ULSTER ......12 GLASGOW ....18 Craig's Run Turns the Tide for Glasgow's Patchwork Battlers

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Byline: ALAN CAMPBELL

GLASGOW broke Scotland's European duck at the fourth time of asking with a tenacious display against Ulster in Belfast last night.

It was a genuine team effort by the visitors, triggered by a breakaway James Craig try in the 33rd minute, and demonstrated by the classy half back performances of Fraser Stott and Tommy Hayes. The result gives Glasgow hope in Pool B of the Heineken Cup ahead of the visit by Kenny Logan's Wasps this Sunday.

Both sides were forced to make changes to their already injury-ravaged line-ups. Ulster full back Stan McDowell pulled out yesterday when an X-ray revealed he had broken a bone in his foot, while Glasgow were without centres Ian Jardine and Alan Bulloch, both victims of weekend training injuries.

Diminutive Robin Morrow stood in for McDowell, with Chris Simmers and Matt McGrandles the new Glasgow centre pairing.

Ulster's Ravenhill ground looked anything but a European Cup venue as the game kicked off under floodlights, with reconstruction work proceeding at two ends of the ground. A decent sized crowd had assembled in the main stand and the enclosures underneath, but there was little to enthuse them in a cat-and-mouse opening 20 minutes.

Penalties for former Scotland A full back Stewart Laing, now back with back Stewart Laing, now Portadown, gave Ulster a 6-0 lead by the 11th minute, with Hayes, Glasgow's New Zealand recruit, replying with one of his own 60 seconds later, after an earlier miss.

Hayes, with some deep, testing kicking, was playing Tom to Ulster fullback Morrow's Jerry, but the tiny No 15, despite looking like an extra from Oliver Twist, coped well and launched some neat counterattacks. …