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GUTSY Glasgow last night ground their way into the Celtic League quarter-finals.

But the Warriors won't know if they have claimed a home tie until tonight, with their wish coming true if Ulster slip up at Pontypridd.

Tommy Hayes was the hero, winning his boot duel with Llanelli's Stephen Jones.

Stand-off Hayes and his centres were under immediate pressure but neither side looked like gaining control.

However, he eventually opened the scoring with a penalty midway through the half when the Welsh sneaked offside. The Glasgow fans in the 5375 crowd were alarmed when hooker Gordon Bulloch needed treatment for knee and finger problems but he soldiered on.

Then Hayes gave them something to shout about when he slotted his second penalty.

But the Scarlets came back within seconds as Jones repeated the dose after the Warriors were found guilty of illegally shielding Gordon Simpson straight from the restart.

Both kickers missed a penalty attempt each and fussy ref David Tyndall upset both sets of fans with weird decisions.

Llanelli flanker Simon Easterby was sinbinned for dissent before the break but Glasgow couldn't take advantage.

The Warriors were fired up after the break and went close three times in as many minutes.

Then Rory Kerr opted to lob the defence when he had two men spare inside him.

But Martyn Madden's simple drop goal levelled the scores.

Hayes gave the home side the edge almost immediately with a penalty from 40 metres. Then he doubled the lead with another penalty to set up a tense finale.

The match was back in the melting pot when Jones thumped over his second penalty from inside his own half. But Hayes struck again to clinch the glory for Glasgow.

Prop Joel Brannigan yesterday beat the Euro deadline by signing for Edinburgh.

Now the 24-year-old former London Welsh star, who qualifies through his grandfather from Ayr, has set his sights on breaking into the Scotland set-up.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 15, 2001
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