BRIAN Gilbert, Southern's coach, summed this 38-10 defeat: ``Typical early season stuff - fragmented.''

He expanded on his side's performance: ``We gave away soft tries early on and our possession was limited by Accies' big pack, but we've a few players still to come back.''

The Glasgow Accies camp was hardly buoyant considering they had rattled up six tries. But with replacements coming and going, there was little continuity.

They used 12 different players behind the scrum but kept both their recent imports from Waikato on the pitch - Glen Metcalf, an exciting young winger who looks and plays like Jeff Wilson, whilst Andrew Strawbridge, a veteran of over 100 provincial games, is a class act.

Strawbridge took a return pass from Patrick Bell and was able to find an extra gear to sprint clear.

Bill MacDonald, Accies' first XV coach, enthused over his new recruits and pointed out among the spectators another new Accie - Lee Stewart, who has had Super Twelve experience with Transvaal.

Stuart Simmers nipped in for an early Accies try and after Erin Cossey's penalty reduced the lead, both Accies props, Alan Perrie and Gordon Doran, scored short range touchdowns which sandwiched Strawbridge's try. Two Simmers conversions gave Accies a 3-24 half-time lead.

A scrappy half-hour yielded no scores before Southern's John Price raced clear from a fortuitous bounce and Cossey converted. Gordon MacKay, back in Accies colours, barged over and the MacGregor brothers and Strawbridge set up Metcalf for the try of the match just on full-time. Calum MacGregor converted both these scores.

Glasgow Southern - A Healey, G Agnew, A Richardson, A Sambucci, C Kennedy, J Price, S Gerry, E Cossey, A Hogarth, K Devlin, I Cochrane; A McDougall, S Crawford, R Nolan, Z McIlwham, R Anderson, F O'Callaghan, A Tunn, D Cobham, D Landsborough, S Aitken, A Kerr.

Glasgow Academicals - J Mason, B Boundy, T Mathewson, G Metcalf, D Moore, J Hart, P Bell, A Strawbridge, C MacGregor, G MacGregor, S Simmers, M Hadden; A Perrie, G Doran, A Mason, D Port, C Afuakwa, G Lusk, C Brown, G MacKay, R Snodgrass.

Referee - G McWilliams (West of Scotland).