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February 20, 2010

Glasgow Warriors 7 - 30 Cardiff Blues

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Friday February 19th 2010 | 5 comments

Max Evans went over for Glasgow's only try
Cardiff Blues inflicted a first defeat in seven Magners League games on Glasgow Warriors with a resounding victory.

International calls and injuries affected Glasgow coming into the clash with Cardiff Blues, and although the visitors were hit as well they lined up the more experienced outfit and it showed.

Cardiff were clinical and sometimes cynical, from the moment Maama Molitika clipped Ruaridh Jackson late in the opening minutes.

Whether that affected the Glasgow stand-off is debatable, but he missed three kickable penalties and the chance to give Glasgow the lead on two occasions.

Ben Blair was the opposite, the Cardiff full-back nailing three penalties out of three after 12, 16 and 34 minutes, all in spells when Cardiff upped the pace and put pressure on a shaky Glasgow defence.

James Eddie, Richie Vernon and Richie Gray had lone forays for Glasgow but they could not match the solid play of the Cardiff pack, with Xavier Rush in control in the contact area and Ceri Sweeney pulling the strings at number 10.

And although Paul Tito and Casey Laulala were held just short, Cardiff used the field position for Blair to slot the penalties which gave Cardiff a deserved 9-0 half time lead.

Having softened Glasgow up, Cardiff cranked up their game further and two minutes into the second half Gareth Cooper sniped through a gap in the home defence for the first try, converted by Blair.

There was no way back for Glasgow who were hard pushed to create an attack worthy of the name.

Laulala had been a threat to the Glasgow midfield for the opening 55 minutes, and then got his reward with a try when Glasgow were unable to retain their own scrum ball.

With the ball switched to the left, the Cardiff centre stretched over to score with ease.

Blair again converted and the score which epitomised the difference between the sides arrived on the hour mark.

With nothing seemingly on and a raft of defenders in front of him, Cardiff wing Tom James burst through four tackles on his way to the line and went clear for a try with an embarrassing number of Warriors players in his wake.

Blair added the extras, and Cardiff kept play in the Glasgow red zone as they pushed for the bonus point with the hosts forced into desperate defence.

The final try of the night went to the home side though, Max Evans crossing for Colin Gregor to convert with the final kick of a game Glasgow will want to forget.

Glasgow Warriors head coach, Sean Lineen said: “We were architects of the result.

“We got a little bit carried away playing in certain areas.

“We didn’t convert some great passages of play into points.

“But most of all we didn’t control or respect the ball well enough and that was our downfall.”

Referee Dudley Phillips (IRFU)
Attendance 2,754
Team
1
Jon Welsh
2
Dougie Hall
3
Moray Low
4
Tim Barker
5
Richie Gray
6
James Eddie
7
Chris Fusaro
8
Richie Vernon
9
Mark McMillan
10
Ruaridh Jackson
11
DTH van der Merwe
12
Peter Horne
13
Max Evans
14
Hefin O'Hare
15
Bernardo Stortoni
Sub
Fergus Thomson
Sub
Kevin Tkachuk
Sub
Dan Turner
Sub
Paul Burke
Sub
Colin Gregor
Sub
Alex Dunbar
Sub
Peter Murchie
Match Substitutions
Off On
Dougie Hall Fergus Thomson
Off On
Richie Vernon Dan Turner
Off On
Ruaridh Jackson Colin Gregor
Off On
Peter Horne Alex Dunbar
Off On
Bernardo Stortoni Peter Murchie
Off On
Jon Welsh Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Chris Fusaro Paul Burke
Scorers
Max Evans Try 
Colin Gregor Conversion
Posted by steven on February 20, 2010 01:38 PM | Reply to this comment

Grim. Absolutely grim. Jackson had a terrible night - poor placekicking, aimless kicking from hand and too many missed touchfinders. Cardiff must be laughing themselves silly that we've sold them our fly half. On the basis of last night Jackson has a very short time to improve for next season - or we wont be near the top of the table again.
I thought we had a pretty strong squad but take away Parks, Barclay, Beattie, Brown and Thom and we are ordinary.
And although we were terrible enough to lose the game on our own - a big thanks to the referee for once again showing the quality of officiating in the Magners League to be a complete joke. Were Cardiff ever onside at a ruck last night? And constantly in at the side. Several forward passes also missed. I really resent paying 20 quid a throw to see "cute" teams take the complete mickey out of referees - and touch judges who are so anonymous that they look as if they're only there to be out the house for a couple of hours. They need to keep the ref right - but the cat seems to have got their tongue.

Posted by manattheback on February 20, 2010 03:44 PM | Reply to this comment

Grim yes, but it really just displays the lack of depth we have in Scotland. Most of the young lads who were on display last night are good enough players with talent. However Scottish Rugby needs to look at how much actual game time these boys are getting and the level of rugby they are playing. In club rugby there is an adage that your 1st XV is only as good as your 2nd XV and for our pro game there is no 2nd XV - merely a crowd of gym rats who might if they are lucky get a couple of back-up games - poor quality really - and a few outings on the bench. And although Parks may be the man of the moment, there is no doubt that Ruaraidh is the man of the future but he needs that vital game time to learn how to manage the game. For God's sake give our young players a chance!

Posted by ballinj on February 20, 2010 04:09 PM | Reply to this comment

at the end of the day Sean Lineen is judged on the performances in the league and at this stage lat year there were grumblings about a change needed. So can't really blame him for picking the front line guys most of the time.

We do seem to have had fewer 2nd's games this year than previous years. The only suggestion i can think of to get more games for the back up guys is to make a semi pro regional tournament - whether the club guys would be happy with more of their players away is potentially a stumbling block.

Finally I think this is the year we have to do something (at least the final) as I don't think we will have the depth next year to challenge. Also given the fixture list over the next few weeks last night was a must win game. We don't have a good record away to connaght, and away games to Munster and Leinster are not games to pick up points. really need to win one maybe two of these games.

Posted by Alan on February 21, 2010 01:04 AM | Reply to this comment

At the end of the day, is Sean really judged by our position and performance in the Magners league or the number of our players in the Scotland squad? He has already said that his job is to develop players for the Scotland team .. not for Glasgow. What do Glasgow fans want? We have 2 threads here .. Warriors 7 Cardiff 30 ..and 13 Warriors in Scotland squad. Which is more important to Glasgow fans? We obviously cannot have both!

Posted by russ on February 21, 2010 09:15 AM | Reply to this comment

But we can have both, 13 players in international duty and a successful ML team. Suspend ML matches during 6 nations, make 6 nations over 5 weeks. Very very simples!

Only having 2 teams makes it very hard for us to absorb player losses.

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