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September 16, 2017

Cardiff Blues 19 - 20 Glasgow Warriors

GUINNESS PRO12 match played at Arms Park on Saturday September 16th 2017 | No comments

Finn Russell put Lee Jones in for Glasgow's second try
Warriors continued their winning start to the PRO14 campaign with victory over Cardiff in Wales this evening.

A late penalty from Finn Russell edged Warriors in front but with just a minute left on the clock Cardiff had their own opportunity to snatch victory, but Steve Shingler pulled his kick wide of the posts to condemn the Blues to a third consecutive defeat.

Henry Pyrgos and Lee Jones scored tries for Glasgow with Russell converting both and adding two penalties.

Tom James scored Blues' try with Steven Shingler kicking four penalties and a conversion.

Glasgow dominated the early stages but on their first excursion into the opposition half, Blues took the lead.

Warriors lost a line-out for Josh Navidi to drive forward and when the ball was recycled, James skated through some weak defence for the try.

Shingler was on target with the conversion and minutes later extended the Blues' lead with a penalty.

Russell responded by putting his side on the scoreboard with a penalty to leave Glasgow trailing 10-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Glasgow were their own worst enemies in the first half hour as their high-risk play brought numerous mistakes and loss of possession and field position.

Shingler's second penalty put Blues further in front before flanker Callum Gibbins made Glasgow's best break of the half, but a strong tackle from James snuffed out the danger.

Glasgow's enterprise was eventually rewarded when a flowing move involving Adam Ashe, George Turner and Matt Fagerson was finished off by Pyrgos for a superb try.

Soon afterwards they should have had another. From inside his own 22, Nick Grigg evaded Shingler's tackle to run 60 metres but Glasgow lacked the accuracy to cross the try-line and so trailed 13-10 at the interval.

Early in the second half, another careless error from the Warriors gifted Shingler another three points but from the restart Glasgow took the lead for the first time.

Russell expertly collected a clearance kick by jumping ahead of Alex Cuthbert to send Jones on a 25 metre run to the line.

The visitors' lead was short-lived as Shingler knocked over another penalty.

Glasgow had much the better of territory and possession in the third quarter but the concession of regular penalties stopped them taking advantage and they were still behind 19-17 with 20 minutes remaining.

A scrum penalty saw Russell put Glasgow in front after 66 minutes. Shingler had his chance to win the match but his penalty attempt sailed wide with 90 seconds left on the clock.

Referee Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Jamie Bhatti
George Turner
Zander Fagerson
Tim Swinson
Scott Cummings
Matt Fagerson
Callum Gibbins
Adam Ashe
Henry Pyrgos
Finn Russell
Lee Jones
Alex Dunbar
Nick Grigg
Tommy Seymour
Ruaridh Jackson
Pat MacArthur
Alex Allan
D'arcy Rae
Brian Alainu'uese
Chris Fusaro
George Horne
Peter Horne
Nikola Matawalu
Match Substitutions
Off On
Tommy Seymour Nikola Matawalu
Off On
Jamie Bhatti Alex Allan
Off On
George Turner Pat MacArthur
Off On
Matt Fagerson Chris Fusaro
Off On
Henry Pyrgos George Horne
Off On
Zander Fagerson D'arcy Rae
Off On
Scott Cummings Brian Alainu'uese
Off On
Alex Dunbar Peter Horne
Finn Russell Penalty
Henry Pyrgos Try 
Finn Russell Conversion
Lee Jones Try 
Finn Russell Conversion
Finn Russell Penalty