November 07, 2015
Cardiff Blues 30 - 35 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Arms Park on Saturday November 7th 2015 | No comments
Taqele Naiyaravoro scored his third try in three games for Glasgow Glasgow Warriors earned a bonus point win over Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park this afternoon.
Tries from Leone Nakarawa, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Ryan Grant and Jonny Gray with Finn Russell kicking the rest of the points gave the Warriors their first away win of the season, but they know they have much to work on as the European campaign kicks off next weekend.
With a strong wind in the home team's favour Rhys Patchell and Russell got the opening points of the match from the kicking tee as Cardiff built a 9-3.
Glasgow's Nakarawa leapt over the ruck to grab the game's first try with 25 minutes played. Russell hit the post with the conversion leaving the Warriors just a point behind at 9-8.
A fine passing move gave James Down the opportunity to slip Gavin Evans in for Cardiff's first try just five minutes later. Patchell hooked the conversion to the left restricting the Blues' lead to 14-8.
Patchell then redeemed himself from the tee with another three pointer nearing the half's end.
On the stroke of the break Naiyaravoro got on the end of another offload from Nakarawa after great work from Tommy Seymour to get Glasgow right back in the game with Russell making the tricky conversion.
Russell kicked a penalty in the early minutes of the second half to nudge Glasgow in front at 17-18.
Glasgow should have gone further ahead when Russell read Lloyd Williams' inside ball and intercepted to run the length of the field only to be denied just short by a fantastic try-saving tackle by Patchell.
That missed opportunity proved costly as Glasgow dropped 6 points to Patchell after Ryan Wilson saw yellow for an accumulation of offences from the visitors.
Just as Wilson was due to return Glasgow drew level through a Grant try. Russell gave the Warriors the lead with the conversion with the scores at 23-25.
Glasgow got a bonus point try in the last ten minutes to seal the win as Gray rumbled through a tired Cardiff defence.
Russell kicked the conversion to extend the Glasgow lead to 23-32.
Russell added a penalty in the games dying minutes but Cardiff were awarded a penalty try after Stuart Hogg was judged to have deliberately knocked the ball away from Cardiff hands. With Hogg in the sin-bin the host's suddenly saw an opportunity for an unlikely win.
Cardiff pushed for a winning try as the clocked ticked well past the 80 minute mark but it was too little too late as Glasgow secured the 30-35 win.
Warriors now look ahead to next week's trip to Paris to take on Racing 92 knowing they will need to improve their discipline and accuracy.
After the game head coach Gregor Townsend said: “Our indiscipline almost cost us this win. The first yellow made life harder for us and then we had to defend right at the end with 14 men. The players on the pitch had to put in a huge effort, but it’s something we have to look at.
“We always review the penalties we concede and there are plenty to look at this time. When you give away 19 penalties and two yellow cards, you have to ask questions.
“We put ourselves under pressure and let the referee award penalties against us. And it would certainly make life easier if we kept 15 players on the pitch. The players were out on the field for a long time after the game and there’s a lot of work to do to improve. We will need to be much better in that area over the next few weeks.
“But a hallmark of this side has been its resilience. I’m proud of the way they reacted.
“They weathered the storm at the first yellow card and came back to score tries. And they defended for what seemed like a hundred phases at the end. This was an important win, especially away from home and a bonus point was great.”