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November 13, 2004

Cardiff 24 - 19 Glasgow Warriors

Celtic League match played at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday November 13th 2004 | 2 comments

Andy Wilson scored Glasgow's only try
Glasgow were unlucky to lose in Cardiff after a strong opening, but did manage to take a bonus point from the defeat.

Two tries in two minutes just before the interval gave the Blues victory over Glasgow in a hard-fought Celtic League battle on a cold evening in Wales.

Despite the criticism they have received for a disappointing start to the season, the Welsh side have maintained a 100 percent home record in the Celtic League, with this their fourth straight success.

Glasgow, hurt by Scotland call-ups, nevertheless made a confident opening and strode into a 10-point lead in the first six minutes.

Kiwi fly-half Calvin Howarth slotted over a penalty for offside and then converted a try beneath the posts by flanker Andrew Wilson, who capitalised on good work by scrum half Sam Pinder and prop Euan Murray.

The Blues began to see more of the play but could only manage a Lee Thomas penalty, cancelled out by another from Howarth, and were lucky not to go further behind when the lively Pinder charged down a Craig Morgan clearance only to see the ball rebound over the dead ball line.

But the home side finally got their act together with two superb tries in quick succession.

A long pass by fly-half Nick Macleod enabled Morgan to put Fereti Tuilagi in for his first try since arriving from Leicester. And another summer import, USA Eagles captain Kort Schubert, finished a move begun with a break from scrum half Richard Smith.

After 40 minutes' confusion with both sides wearing variations of blue and black, Glasgow emerged for the second half in white.

But, despite the greater clarity when it came to identifying a team-mate, neither side was able to put together any sustained handling moves and each had to settle for a brace of penalties.

With two minutes to go, another kick by Thomas gave the Blues some breathing space, with Glasgow doubly punished as replacement prop Eric Milligan received a yellow card.

The 14-men battered at the Blues defence throughout injury time but could not find a way to the line.

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Referee George Clancy (IRFU)
Attendance 2,799
Man of the Match Calvin Howarth
Andy Kelly
Scott Lawson
Euan Murray
Andy Hall
Dan Turner
Steve Swindall
Andy Wilson
John Beattie
Sam Pinder
Calvin Howarth
Kenny Logan
Gareth Maclure
Andy Craig
Rory Kerr
Rory Lamont
Eric Milligan
Fergus Thomson
Graeme Beveridge
Joe Beardshaw
John Barclay
Colin Gregor
Colin Shaw
Match Substitutions
Off On
Rory Lamont Colin Shaw
Off On
Gareth Maclure Colin Gregor
Off On
Andy Kelly Eric Milligan
Off On
Steve Swindall John Barclay
Off On
Andy Wilson Joe Beardshaw
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Andy Wilson Try 
Calvin Howarth Conversion
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Calvin Howarth Penalty
Posted by Gordon on November 14, 2004 01:00 PM | Reply to this comment

From the official site

As well as defeat, Glasgow came home with an increased injury list. Lamont damaged a hamstring late in the first half, Andy Wilson took a solid blow on the jaw, though no bone damage was apparent, and Kenny Logan had an ankle injury.

Posted by Seoras Alasdair MacLaumann on November 14, 2004 08:17 PM | Reply to this comment

Sorry to read about your injury, Rory.

I have been reading excellent comments on your play in the media.

Well done! Have a quick and sound recovery.

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