HARTLEPOOL .....................18

GLASGOW .......................... 40

IF the Glasgow club sides were enthusiastic about securing the services of the two Antipodean imports to the District squad even before they saw the pair in action, then there will be a run on red carpets over the next few days following the debuts of Tommy Hayes and Mike Beckham at Hartlepool on Saturday.

Hayes produced a superb all-round performance at stand-off, while Beckham brought solidity to the Glasgow front row, handled the greasy ball with ease, and had one or two rampaging runs as West Hartlepool were demolished as comprehensively as the scoreline suggests.

Glasgow coach, Kevin Greene, who persuaded Hayes and Beckham to come to Glasgow, was characteristically economic with his praise. ''I'm very happy with the way the two new guys played - considering they've had very little rugby recently.''

Then he added almost ominously: ''They'll get better.''

No less a judge than West's Director of Rugby, former All Black Mike Brewer, said of the newcomers: ''The Cook Island boys look like good signings. Beckham is a solid prop and Hayes controls a game well.''

Hamish Fyfe, the Glasgow manager said: ''It is difficult to quantify how much of a difference the pair made, but they were certainly a big influence.

''Other key players who missed the first game and who were rusty last week were good, and there was also an all-round improvement in ball presentation and retention, and in tackling.''

The manner and margin of victory must have been heartening for the Glasgow squad. By all accounts the performances have improved considerably with each outing, and for spells on Saturday the side displayed a professional purposefulness in everything that was done.

There were frailties, but it would be unfair to dwell on the negative aspects of what was a very encouraging performance.

Leaving the final word to Hayes, he said: ''The game was a good standard. Both sides retained the ball well despite the conditions. It was very slippy underfoot.''

West Hartlepool - Farrell; Cavey, Botham, Connolly, John; Benson, Nu'ualitia; Sparks, Challenor, Hathaway, Webb, Schrader, Hood, Ponton, Hyde. Replacements - Knowles for Benson, Peacock for Challenor, Jones for Cavey (all at half time).

Glasgow - Sangster; Stark, A Bulloch, Jardine, Craig; Hayes, Weston; McIlwham, G Bulloch, Beckham, Afuakwa, Perrett, M Wallace, McLeish, Sinclair. Replacements - Kittle for Beckham (60min), Simmers for Jardine (61), Stott for Weston (64), Ness for McLeish (72), Metcalfe for Craig (72), Jardine for Hayes (75).

Scorers: West Hartlepool - Benson 2 pens, con; Ponton try; Botham try. Glasgow - Hayes 2 tries, 2 cons, 2 pens; Weston try; Craig try; Stark try; McIlwham try.