November 28, 2010
Cardiff Blues 38 - 6 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday November 27th 2010 | 3 comments
Glasgow lost Calum Forrester with a knee injury A weakened Glasgow Warriors were thumped 38-6 by Cardiff Blues on Saturday.
Glasgow were missing 13 players through injury and Scotland duty but coach Sean Lineen was scathing of his team's efforts, saying: "These guys have come in and not done a job. It was an opportunity for them and they have not taken it. They all worked hard in training this week, but today, they have not turned up.
"We didn't have the heart to do it today and there will be changes next week because these guys haven't got the stomach for it. I will put out 15 players who want to play."
Glasgow suffered more injury woe as when Rob Dewey suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder, Calum Forrester a damaged knee cap and Alistair Kellock a knee injury.
The Blues began confidently, despite two successive home defeats and were happy to throw the ball wide, but had to settle for an early penalty by Ceri Sweeney, promptly cancelled out by opposite number Colin Gregor.
The hosts spurned another kickable penalty to go for a close-range lineout and their gamble paid off when the ball was spread right for teenage full-back Dan Fish to touchdown in the opposite corner.
Gregor was just short with a 50-yard kick before Glasgow made their first serious assault on the home try-line.
The Scots' Welsh winger, Hefin O'Hare, evaded some flimsy tackles to reach the Blues' 22, but flanker Calum Forrester was held up just short and the visitors had no more than a second Gregor penalty to show for their efforts.
Sweeney extended the Blues' lead with two further penalties before home prop Scott Andrews was yellow-carded, though Gregor was unable to claim the simple three points on offer.
The Blues were able to survive to the interval without yielding any more points and a well-worked try boosted them early in the second half. Scrum-half Tom Slater's sniping run was supported by lock Michael Paterson, with Sweeney on hand to break a tackle and cross for a try he then converted.
A kick-and-chase by Fish almost brought a further score, but wing Chris Czekaj was tackled into the corner flag.
Glasgow lost replacement Paul Burke to the sin-bin, Sweeney converting the resulting penalty, with the Blues determined not to suffer the second-half collapse that cost them dearly against Ulster last weekend.
Any remaining doubts were laid to rest when Slater ran a penalty from his own 22 and after some scintillating handling, lock Paterson was on hand to go under the posts.
Glasgow, having used all their replacements, suffered a further setback when Forrester was carried off on a stretcher, followed by limping skipper Alastair Kellock, and the 13 men left were unable to prevent the Blues claiming a bonus point with a 50-yard gallop by wing Richard Mustoe.
Not good enough. Certain players don't seem up for it and Lineen will have to have words and possibly cancel Barclay's holiday.
We need to ask the SRU for a couple of SH bruisers so we can cope during Internationals, every other team in the league has that experience.
Perspective please. We had 8 players in the Scotland squad, and another 5 ruled out by injury, including 2 top internationals, Beattie & Cusiter. It was therefore a squad down to the bare bones - the only fit player not picked was Dave McCall, who because of injury hasn't had a game yet this season. Of the starting 15 only Stortoni, Aramburu, Welsh and Kellock could be considered 1st choice, and Kellock has only played 1 game so far this season. Of the others Colin Gregor & Fergus Thomson have been regular picks this season, as has Robert Harley, but only because of injuries to others & Harley is a 20 year old 1st season pro. As are Pyrgos and Wilson. Peter Muchie was making his 1st start of the season, O'Hare his 2nd, Shaw & Muldowney their 3rd, Forrester & Kalman their 4th. OK, they train together, but training and playing are 2 different things. It's hard to make a fair judgement on players who are rugby rusty.
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