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November 28, 2008

Glasgow Warriors 28 - 0 Cardiff Blues

Celtic League match played at Firhill on Friday November 28th 2008 | 4 comments

Tim Barker put in a power of work for Glasgow
Glasgow powered their way to one of their best ever wins in the Magners League as they stepped up their title charge at Firhill.

Sean Lineen's side were in control throughout and bagged a bonus point to move into second in the table.

Max Evans scored two tries, his second coming in the dying seconds.

The home side made a positive start and earned the first scoring chance by pressuring Cardiff into giving away a penalty.

But the anticipation of the fans turned to frustration as Dan Parks' effort slid wide of the target.

Most of the action was confined to midfield as the sides probed in the hope of finding an opening.

Cardiff suffered a setback when Nicky Robinson was forced off following a hefty challenge by Kelly Brown.

Parks succeeded with a penalty in the 24th minute and even better was to come for the hosts as they created a try two minutes later, scrum-half Mark McMillan darting over from close range.

A turnover paved the way for Glasgow to set up another opportunity just before the interval.

Hooker Dougie Hall was blocked just a stride short of the line and seconds later new Scotland cap Max Evans raced through after a patient recycle.

Parks was wide with the conversion but made amends eight minutes after the restart with his second penalty following a spell of intense pressure.

That was the spark for Glasgow to snatch a brilliant third score by winger Lome Fa'atau.

He finished in style in the wake of a chip from Andy Henderson and a slick feed by Brown.

Thom Evans should have snatched the bonus-point try, but his lob was just too strong and the ball dribbled out of play.

However, brother Max completed the job to round off a perfect evening for the Warriors.

After the game, Warriors head coach Sean Lineen said: “It was a real team effort and, as I’ve said before, it all starts with the front five. A guy I’d like to single out is Tim Barker. He’s worked very hard during the Autumn international period and got over the gain line every time tonight.

“Second in the league might be a little foreign to us, but Glasgow is an exciting place to be right now. The guys could now either get a bit dizzy or just say ‘right, we’re on to something special here’.”

Referee Colin Stanley (IRU)
Attendance 2,364
Man of the Match Max Evans
Team
1
Justin Va'a
2
Dougie Hall
3
Ed Kalman
4
Tim Barker
5
Alastair Kellock
6
Calum Forrester
7
Kelly Brown
8
John Beattie
9
Mark McMillan
10
Dan Parks
11
Thom Evans
12
Andrew Henderson
13
Max Evans
14
Lome Fa'atau
15
Bernardo Stortoni
Sub
Eric Milligan
Sub
Moray Low
Sub
Dan Turner
Sub
Richie Vernon
Sub
Colin Gregor
Sub
Hefin O'Hare
Sub
Ruaridh Jackson
Match Substitutions
Off On
Ed Kalman Moray Low
Off On
Bernardo Stortoni Ruaridh Jackson
Off On
Dougie Hall Eric Milligan
Off On
Lome Fa'atau Hefin O'Hare
Off On
Mark McMillan Colin Gregor
Off On
Tim Barker Dan Turner
Off On
Calum Forrester Richie Vernon
Scorers
Dan Parks Penalty
Mark McMillan Try 
Max Evans Try 
Dan Parks Penalty
Lome Fa'atau Try 
Max Evans Try 
Dan Parks Conversion
Comments
Posted by Miss NZ on November 29, 2008 01:10 AM | Reply to this comment

Please I appeal to the powers that be....never ever ever let Colin Stanley referee a pro rugby game again.

Posted by mediumsizedal on November 29, 2008 10:58 PM | Reply to this comment

Yeah-one of the worst referee performances I have seen-Glasgow won despite the ref. He missed so many high tackles, knock ons, forward passes & taking out Bernie without the ball!! But hey-still managed a bonus point win which I don't think many supporters would have bet on before the game.

Posted by Alan on December 2, 2008 12:24 AM | Reply to this comment

It was great to see Hef back in the second half .. he looked really up for it and had a couple of great runs! GO THE HEF!!

Posted by Tom on December 3, 2008 04:42 PM | Reply to this comment

I thought it was a great all round performance from the boys. It would be a shame to pick out one or two,they all played their part admirably. You are second now, why not go one better?

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