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November 23, 2007

Glasgow Warriors 17 - 5 Cardiff Blues

Celtic League match played at Firhill on Friday November 23rd 2007 | 5 comments

Dan is enjoying a great run of form
Glasgow Warriors continued their unbeaten home record, with a crucial win against league leaders, Cardiff Blues, in a freezing Firhill tonight.

On a freezing cold night at Firhill, Scotland and Glasgow fly-half Dan Parks scored all the points as Glasgow proved too strong for a weakened Blues side.

The Warriors started the game strongly and looked to carry the confidence of a side unbeaten at home since January.

Dan broke the deadlock with a try after seven minutes with a breakaway run from 60 metres. As Cardiff tried to nip through the Warriors defence with some quick hands on their left wing, Parksy showed real anticipation to pounce for an interception.

As he ran for the line, a look over his shoulder revealed a prop giving chase, and with that in his mind, Dan knew he had to finish the break himself, which he did. However, with his energy levels sapped, he lost his footing during the conversion attempt to slice the ball wide.

Top-of-the-table Blues replied when Rhys Williams skidded through for a fine opportunist touchdown.

But the visitors fell away and Parksy added three penalties and a drop-goal, while Sam Pinder was denied a late try for a contentious knock-on.

Dan missed the conversion but added a penalty soon after.

The Welsh visitors responded with a try from veteran winger Williams but Dan hit back almost immediately with his second successful penalty.

Glasgow stepped up the pace after the restart and they went within a fingertip of stretching their advantage.

Scrum-half Chris O'Young left the visiting markers stranded with a beautifully weighted chip but Hefin O'Hare was narrowly beaten by Gareth Thomas for the vital first touch.

Warriors, with Johnny Beattie and Moray Low looking particularly impressive, kept up the pressure.

And they were rewarded again via the trusty boot of Parksy, who claimed penalty number three from close range.

And just four minutes later, Dan completed his full-house of scores as he coolly slotted a drop-goal.

Pinder appeared to have pounced for a last-gasp try for the Warriors, but referee Alan Lewis had seen a knock-on that no-one else spotted.

Referee Alan Lewis(IRFU)
Attendance 1638
Man of the Match Johnnie Beattie
Justin Va'a
Fergus Thomson
Moray Low
Andy Newman
Alastair Kellock
Kelly Brown
John Barclay
John Beattie
Chris O'Young
Dan Parks
Thom Evans
Daryl Gibson
Andrew Henderson
Hefin O'Hare
Bernardo Stortoni
Eric Milligan
Ed Kalman
Opeta Palepoi
James Eddie
Sam Pinder
Scott Barrow
Graeme Morrison
Match Substitutions
Off On
Chris O'Young Sam Pinder
Off On
Daryl Gibson Scott Barrow
Off On
Andy Newman Opeta Palepoi
Dan Parks Try 
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Dan Parks Penalty
Posted by mediumsizedal on November 23, 2007 11:52 PM | Reply to this comment

Good effort-a lot better than last week. OK, maybe it was not a full strength Blues side, but they were still very strong. Back row were immense. I gave Brown man of the match. Everyone looked much sharper than last week and we were unlucky not to put more points on the board-the score flattered Blues. Still a bit worried about Parks-his kicking from hand has been erratic last couple of games, but his general play outweighs any mistakes. Evans and HOH looked a lot brighter than Fa'atau-difficult to see how he can get a game!! Alistair-I thought Stortoni did well-never dropped a ball, missed a tackle or failed to recycle the ball-he's the best full back we've had since Snowy!! A win at Connacht must be a realistic objective for next week.

Posted by bossco85 on November 24, 2007 11:54 AM | Reply to this comment

A very good performance against a good side. Thought Parksy came on to a game second half, shows that even if he has an off day out of hand he still makes the team tick, he is Glasgows saviour at the moment! The back row was immense as always, Brown is bringing the best out in Beattie and long may it continue. The while team played well, HoH and Evans both looked dangerous and the centres did there usual workman like performance. Connacht away is a BIG game, winning that one will send a big message the rest of the league...Glasgow are here for the long run!

Posted by sunday5 on November 24, 2007 12:44 PM | Reply to this comment

Murray Low had a good game, he always makes yards and for a guy of his age is very strong. Bernie was outstanding as was Barcley, they looked dangerous all the time. The score did flatter the blues in the end, I'm glad they didn't get a late try, they wouldn't have deserved a bonus point.

1600 tho? The crowd seemed bigger than last week!

Posted by Alistair Hutton on November 24, 2007 05:01 PM | Reply to this comment

I thought the crowd was clearly smaller than last week and can believe it was 1600 but that makes last weeks reported crowd figure of 1700 seem totally ridiculous. Probably depends where you sit.

I might write them a letter and ask how the crowd is counted.

Posted by hannah on November 24, 2007 08:35 PM | Reply to this comment

there is no way that the crowd was the same as last week. It was tiny last night but despite the fact that it was baltic, it was a great night and we played well and lets just keep it going!!

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