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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.

Referee D Phillips (Ireland)
Jon Welsh
Fergus Thomson
Ed Kalman
Aly Muldowney
Alastair Kellock
Robert Harley
Calum Forrester
Ryan Wilson
Henry Pyrgos
Colin Gregor
Colin Shaw
Peter Murchie
Federico Aramburu
Hefin O'Hare
Bernardo Stortoni
Pat MacArthur
Ryan Grant
Kevin Tkachuk
Paul Burke
Chris Fusaro
Peter Horne
Rob Dewey
Alex Dunbar
Match Substitutions
Off On
Ed Kalman Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Ryan Wilson Chris Fusaro
Off On
Henry Pyrgos Peter Horne
Off On
Colin Shaw Alex Dunbar
Off On
Fergus Thomson Pat MacArthur
Off On
Jon Welsh Ryan Grant
Off On
Peter Murchie Rob Dewey
Off On
Rob Dewey Paul Burke
Colin Gregor Penalty
Colin Gregor Penalty
Posted by Finbar on November 29, 2010 01:56 PM | Reply to this comment

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.

Posted by Moody Blue on November 30, 2010 08:40 AM | Reply to this comment

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.

Posted by Hugues on November 30, 2010 11:12 AM | Reply to this comment

Absolutely right,
This situation is not new during the Internationals, when and how could we see a change, and a chance to compete with other clubs from the NH, is it just about the lack of support from the Nation and Money, and a cultural fervor for soccer in the country?
Not easy after the failure to adopt pro rugby when it started.
Good crowds of fans would be the first step.

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