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March 01, 2013

Glasgow Warriors 29 - 13 Cardiff Blues

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Scotstoun on Friday March 1st 2013 | No comments

Nikola Matawalu's second try gave Glasgow the bonus point win
Glasgow went top of the table as they scored three second half tries to record a 29-13 bonus point win over Cardiff at Scotstoun.

The home side began brightly and struck first as Peter Horne stepped inside a defender and had the pace to cross the whitewash after quarter of an hour but they weren't ahead for long as Josh Navidi forced his way over to level the scores 10 minutes later.

And two penalties from 19-year-old fly-half to just one from his opposite number Duncan Weir gave the visitors a 13-10 lead at the break.

The match exploded into action midway through the second half though as the Warriors came up with three tries in the space of just eight minutes to take the game away from the visitors and secure the bonus point.

Fijian scrum-half Nikola Matawalu was the catalyst and he got the ball rolling with a great individual try, regathering his own long kick before touching the ball down.

After a period of concerted pressure on the opposition line, Weir then spotted a gap and crossed for the third try and Matawalu fittingly rounded things off with a typically smart effort with quarter of an hour remaining.

Cardiff failed to register a single point in an extremely disappointing second half for them but Glasgow were worthy winners and march to the summit of the RaboDirect PRO12 after a seventh consecutive victory.

Gregor Townsend said: “The first half was unacceptable. To be 13-10 down the pressure was on and they responded very well.

“Getting to first place is good because we know we have some tough games now. It’s fantastic to get another bonus point and five matches with maximum points is a league record.

“You could see how tiring the game was especially after that mammoth effort against Ulster last week. The bench did very well, Tom Ryder coming on so early and Niko plays as well on the wing as he does at scrum-half.”

Referee George Clancy (Ireland)
Attendance 3,807
Man of the Match Josh Strauss
Gordon Reid
Pat MacArthur
Jon Welsh
Tim Swinson
Alastair Kellock
Josh Strauss
John Barclay
Ryan Wilson
Nikola Matawalu
Duncan Weir
DTH van der Merwe
Peter Horne
Alex Dunbar
Byron McGuigan
Peter Murchie
Fraser Brown
Ofa Fainga'anuku
Moray Low
Tom Ryder
James Eddie
Henry Pyrgos
Scott Wight
Graeme Morrison
Match Substitutions
Off On
Tim Swinson Tom Ryder
Off On
Gordon Reid Ofa Fainga'anuku
Off On
Jon Welsh Moray Low
Off On
Byron McGuigan Henry Pyrgos
Off On
Peter Horne Graeme Morrison
Off On
Alastair Kellock James Eddie
Off On
Duncan Weir Scott Wight
Off On
Pat MacArthur Fraser Brown
Peter Horne Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Duncan Weir Penalty
Nikola Matawalu Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Duncan Weir Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Nikola Matawalu Try