February 11, 2011
Glasgow Warriors 15 - 26 Cardiff Blues
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Firhill on Friday February 11th 2011 | 9 comments
Sean Lineen says mistakes and lack of discipline cost Glasgow the game Glasgow Warriors went down to a 26-15 defeat to Cardiff Blues at Firhill tonight.
An early try from winger Tom James plus seven penalties from the boot of Ceri Sweeney gave the Blues the edge at Firhill.
Glasgow stand-off Duncan Weir put in a good performance on his return from a shoulder injury, but his five penalties proved in vain.
Glasgow made a promising start when a penalty was awarded to them at the first scrum with Weir making the most of the opportunity.
But Johnnie Beattie then made a mess of the restart kick, allowing Cardiff to attack off the scrum and win a penalty of their own which Sweeney converted to level the scores after six minutes.
And Cardiff took the lead after 16 minutes with a try scored in dramatic fashion.
As Glasgow mounted a prolonged attack, a strong Cardiff tackle dislodged the ball from the arms of home scrum-half Colin Gregor straight into those of winger James, who hared over 70 metres for the unconverted try that put the visitors into an 8-3 lead.
Glasgow dug in and regained the lead with a couple of penalties from Weir, the second from the centre circle.
Sweeney's second penalty after 34 minutes put Cardiff ahead once more but Weir's third penalty, after the Cardiff scrum were again penalised, ensured Glasgow went in at half-time with a 12-11 lead.
The third quarter saw no fewer than five penalties successfully converted, with Sweeney kicking first and Weir cancelling that out at the other end of the pitch.
The match began to swing in Cardiff's favour, however, when referee Dudley Philips found fault with Glasgow on the deck allowing Sweeney to add three more penalties and hand the Blues a 23-15 lead while Rob Harley was sent to the sin bin for the home side.
Sweeney then rounded off the result with another accurate conversion five minutes from the end.
Warriors head coach, Sean Lineen reflected on the game saying, “It was such a see-saw match and it eventually got to the stage that it came down to the team that had the ball least who won.
“Unfortunately it was down to mistakes and discipline that we lost the game; we need to be more intelligent and precise with the key decisions that we make. Cardiff had a couple of good runs, but ultimately their try came from our own error.
“However, Peter Murchie played well, Colin Gregor was outstanding – leading by example – and Calum Forrester put in a great performance, being it was his first game back.
“Cardiff deserved the win, but it is simply frustrating.”
Can't understand why best kicker was taken off when a bonus point was still attainable, why Gregor has still got a contract, never mind a starting place at NINE and then gets moved to 10!? Word is that Robinson had a say in Moffat leaving Edinbugger so sean had better not put a heavy jacket on his coat peg in the next few months!!
Perhaps you have not been watching Warriors for long. Gregor used to play for us at 10 and was good. He was away at 7's too much to establish a regular place and kept getting moved around as "utility." Remember he was our 9 when we beat Toulouse over there? Weir was just back after injury and Gregor is the obvious other 10 in the squad. I presume Sean took Weir off for that reason although I would have liked to see him play to the end also.
Have prbly been watching Glasgow in various forms longer than you've been around - Gregor is not good enough to be either a pro 10 OR 9, he's an averagely good club player who got a contract early on and has kept it somehow......well past his sell by date!! Weir is the future who needs game time. As I have stated often enough on this, if we don't give the youngsters a chance we will lose out in the long run and I mean Scotland not just Glasgow. As was seen on Saturday, Parks was found out (yet again!) at international level and yet AR didn't bring on Jackson - prbly because he still hasn't played a huge amount of games at 10, partly through injury, partly through being held back by Parks when he was at the Warriors. Harley is a classic example of a player who has taken his chance(would he have got that chance had players not been injured?) but there are players at Glasgow who are currently well past their best - T-bone, Eddie, Thomson, O'hare - who I think should be jettisoned to give the younger players a chance to develop. They can't spend their whole careers in a gym!!!
I doubt you've been watching longer knowing Alan's age but with age doesn't bring experience (as they say). Harley got his chance because Kelly Brown moved on as have Jackson/Weir when Parks moved on. Not because they are covering for injured players.
Unless you are a paid coach of some description I would doubt if YOU have as much experience of the game at all levels as I have - very presumptious of you to assume otherwise. Think you will actually find that Harley got his chance because Beattie, Vernon, Barclay, Eddie and Forrester have all been injured at various times - he was not put in as a 'blooding' exercise but out of necessity!
Well, how was I meant to know you are ancient, Sir? ;) I was also annoyed that we looked to have accepted defeat by the subs but thought you were being harsh on Budgie
Getting off the subject of who knows best! did anyone notice on Fri. from k.o. there was a knock-on, then a scrum from which the blues hit a penalty. That scrum took almost three minutes to complete, surely a case for better laws regarding scummaging.
What would you know, ya old codger? Don't worry folks, he's my dad. Getting back to the original point though, Sean Lineen said after the game that Duncan Weir's calf muscles were siezing up through lack of match fitness and that's why he was subbed. No need to speculate and insult each other when the one man in possession of the facts has already stated what happened and why.
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