February 15, 2014
Cardiff Blues 20 - 27 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Arms Park on Saturday February 15th 2014 | No comments
James Eddie made a big impact from the bench Glasgow Warriors grabbed a vital PRO12 win over Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park this evening.
Late tries from James Eddie and Mark Bennett saw the Warriors come from behind to secure the win, Glasgow's seventh away victory on the trot - a new league record.
The Blues showed early adventure, but their fluent moves came to nothing when fly-half Simon Humberstone was unable to catch his own chip before it went dead.
The former Pontypridd man did provide the first points, slotting home a penalty after Glasgow infringed at both scrum and lineout.
The home side lost scrum-half Lloyd Williams to injury midway through the first half, but were let off when Warriors fly-half Ruaridh Jackson pushed a long-range penalty wide. Centre Mark Bennett then struck a post from almost the same spot.
The Blues capitalised on a Jackson error when the Scot fumbled a flick inside by home lock Macauley Cook, who had looked suspiciously close to the touchline.
Humberstone grabbed the loose ball and sent number eight Robin Copeland racing in for a try somewhat against the run of play. The former defied the tricky wind to convert.
But the Welsh fly-half was one of the guilty men when Glasgow wing Lee Jones burst through three tackles to reach the line, Jackson converting with the last kick before the interval.
The Blues scored their second try early in the second period when full-back Dan Fish twice retrieved his own kick ahead, hooker Kristian Dacey drove deep into the visitors' 22 and, when the ball squirted loose, replacement scrum-half Lewis Jones dribbled over the line and fell on it.
The TMO gave the thumbs up after lengthy consideration and Humberstone added the extras.
Replacement Finn Russell cut the deficit with two simple penalties, but Gareth Davies, who had come on for Humberstone, responded with one of his own.
The Warriors were piling on the pressure and they were rewarded when substitute flanker James Eddie ploughed deep into Blues territory and was then on hand to crash over following an attacking scrum five. Russell's conversion brought the scores level with 10 minutes left.
The visitors grabbed their victory when Bennett took a lobbed pass to trot over wide on the right, Russell rubbing it in with a conversion from the touchline.