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.”