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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.”

Referee Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Attendance 1,924
Ryan Grant
Fergus Thomson
Ed Kalman
Aly Muldowney
Tom Ryder
Robert Harley
Calum Forrester
John Beattie
Colin Gregor
Duncan Weir
DTH van der Merwe
Peter Murchie
Federico Aramburu
Hefin O'Hare
Bernardo Stortoni
Finlay Gillies
Kevin Tkachuk
Jon Welsh
Chris Fusaro
Ryan Wilson
Henry Pyrgos
Peter Horne
Colin Shaw
Match Substitutions
Off On
Ed Kalman Kevin Tkachuk
Off On
Ryan Grant Jon Welsh
Off On
John Beattie Ryan Wilson
Off On
Duncan Weir Henry Pyrgos
Off On
Hefin O'Hare Colin Shaw
Off On
Fergus Thomson Finlay Gillies
Off On
Bernardo Stortoni Peter Horne
Off On
Calum Forrester Chris Fusaro
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Duncan Weir Penalty
Posted by russ on February 12, 2011 10:43 AM | Reply to this comment


Posted by D.Sole on February 13, 2011 02:49 PM | Reply to this comment

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!!

Posted by Alan on February 13, 2011 11:22 PM | Reply to this comment

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.

Posted by D. Sole on February 14, 2011 09:56 AM | Reply to this comment

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!!!

Posted by gonesouth on February 14, 2011 03:47 PM | Reply to this comment

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.
What you are not recognising is player management after comeback from injury.
I was as disappointed as everyone on Friday's showing, but to blood young club players without having an experienced backbone in the side is foolhardy in the extreme.
Duncan Weir has learned a huge amount from Parks, as has Jackson. The development of youngsters in this way is at the moment the only way forward for Scottish pro sides as it has been said many tiimes the condition of club players when they first arrive would not stand up to the physicality of the Magners, nerver mind HC or Test arenas.
The SRU are trying to fix this by the pathway scheme but I think we are only now starting to see the fruits of this.

Posted by D.Sole on February 14, 2011 04:42 PM | Reply to this comment

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!
As to assuming that I know nothing of player management after injury, that too is very insulting. I deal with players on a weekly basis -albeit amateur - but have also had experience coaching at a high Age Grade level and am more than aware of the difficulties faced when returning from injury. The point I was trying to make (and which you obviously failed to pick up!) was that we were in that game with a chance and taking off the best kicker bar none was almost an admission of defeat.
As to 'learning' from more experienced players, how are the youngsters supposed to apply this learning if they are not subjected to pressure situations such as a higher standard of rugby? The Pathway scheme has done some good admittedly to address the disgraceful situation we previously had where your advancement on the international level depended on which school you attended, but it is still a piece-meal exercise as very few of the players, unless they are identified and 'nurtured' by the Academy/Institute system, get any assistance with S&C or nutritional advice.
Jon Welsh, who I am sure even you can see is a superb prospect, was never a part of the system, having been discarded at U18 level as 'average', and even without assistance has developed physically.

Posted by Alan on February 14, 2011 05:12 PM | Reply to this comment

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

Posted by Tom on February 14, 2011 10:00 PM | Reply to this comment

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.

Posted by Keith on February 14, 2011 10:58 PM | Reply to this comment

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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