January 13, 2019
Glasgow Warriors 33 - 24 Cardiff Blues
Champions Cup match played at Scotstoun on Sunday January 13th 2019 | No comments
Oli Kebble's try gave Warriors eh vital bonus-point Warriors are still in the mix for a Champions Cup quarter-final spot after today's 33-24 bonus-point win over Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun.
It took 26 minutes for the first points of the afternoon, and they came to the home side. From an attacking line-out, Glasgow powered towards the try line and Grant Stewart was the man able to force his way over. The conversion in windy conditions was made by Brandon Thomson who judged the kick to perfection.
Minutes later, Glasgow extended the advantage as Ali Price had Scott Cummings on his shoulder and timed his pass perfectly for the lock to dive through a gap and over the try line.
But Cardiff showed resolve to score the final points of the first half after a nice one-two pass and then kick from Dan Fish allowed Owen Lane to bundle his way over the try line. TMO took a look at whether Fish was offside, but referee JP Doyle was satisfied and the try was awarded.
A clinical line-out and driving maul from Glasgow meant they scored the first try of the second half, with Chris Fusaro the man dragged over the try line.
Cardiff again hit back as Owen Lane played a cutting final pass to Harri Millard who dived over at the corner, but just two minutes later Oli Kebble would score for the home side and regain the 18-point cushion.
Two further scores from Josh Navidi and Lane set up a grandstand finish at Scotstoun but it wasn't to be for Cardiff who were punished late on with replacement George Horne rounding off the scoring.
Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, head coach Dave Rennie said: "We're rapt with our big men up front. Our scrum and line-out were excellent.
"I thought we did a really good job with ball in hand. We were direct, made good decisions and were a lot more patient, and that paved the way for the win.
"Playing into the wind, you've got to look after the ball because one mistake can cost you 60 or 70 metres, as we saw at times," said Rennie.
"We're more than happy with how it went today though. The boys up front were really good, and that gave us the platform we needed."
Glasgow now head into the final round of group fixtures as one of a number of teams chasing a spot in the knockout stages of Europe's premier club competition, with the five group winners and three best runners-up assured of a place in the quarter-final draw.
With English champions Saracens lying in store next weekend, though, Rennie is under no illusions as to the scale of the task facing his side.
"It' a couple of rungs up again, isn't it?" said Rennie.
"We've got to go down there and embrace it. We know there's a bit of a logjam with the runners-up spots after yesterday's results, so we know we might need more points next weekend.
"Our first objective, though, will be to go down to London and win the group, as it has been from the outset."