November 29, 2020
Cardiff Blues 10 - 19 Glasgow Warriors
GUINNESS PRO14 match played at Rodney Parade on Sunday November 29th 2020 | No comments
Huw Jones grabbed Glasgow's try A hard-working display saw Glasgow Warriors take the win in this evening's PRO14 meeting with Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade.
A late interception try from Scotland squad centre Huw Jones sealed Glasgow's' 19-10 win in a close-fought game.
Peter Horne's three penalties and five points from Brandon Thomson provided the other visitors' points.
Kristian Dacey crossed for Cardiff Blues with Jarrod Evans kicking a conversion and penalty.
It was only Glasgow's second victory in seven Pro14 matches as coach Danny Wilson downed his old side.
On a rare dry night for Cardiff Blues at their temporary Newport home, Glasgow wing Lee Jones made his first appearance for 22 months following injury and was named man of the match.
Both sides showed plenty of attacking intent only but could not finish their chances as Glasgow shaded a tryless first half 6-3.
Evans chipped over an early penalty while Horne rattled the post with his first shot at goal but levelled the scores from in front of the posts after 12 minutes, following a scything break by Glenn Bryce.
Wing Owen Lane provided the main home threat with a break from halfway which saw Tomos Williams just fail to gather a potential try-scoring inside pass, while Williams' kick-through on 31 minutes saw Lane collect and finish superbly- only to be recalled for an earlier knock-on.
But Horne's second penalty after 34 minutes proved the only other score of the half as Glasgow edged the territory statistics without breaking through.
Warriors came close straight after the break but failed to make the most of a close-range overlap, before that man Lane almost got clear with another kick and chase.
The home side swept the ball across field and Aled Summerhill's inside ball was snapped up by supporting skipper Dacey to grab the opening try after 44 minutes, Evans converting.
A Horne penalty made it 10-9 with Gwilym Bradley yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on, and Horne's replacement Thomson took a simple penalty chance to restore Glasgow's lead on 62 minutes.
The decisive blow came 10 minutes from time as Cardiff Blues tried to attack from deep, with replacement centre Jones intercepting a Mason Grady pass to canter in and Thomson's conversion putting the visitors two scores ahead.
"I'm really pleased for this group because we've dug in, worked hard in difficult circumstances and got the win," said Danny Wilson.
"I thought our contact area on both sides of the ball was a real plus tonight. That's normally the Blues' X-factor and we dominated that area and came away with what we needed - a win.
"Cardiff have some real threats in the backline and can score from nothing.
"We talk a lot about the fight, passion and energy we expect to see when someone pulls on a Warriors jersey and we definitely saw that from the whole team tonight.
"Lee Jones was outstanding especially in defence tonight.
"His experience of making reads in defence showed - he was rock solid.
"There were great performances across the park by the likes of Glenn Bryce and Sean Kennedy. I've been really impressed with those guys over the past few weeks and I thought they were excellent again tonight," said Wilson.
"I went in at half-time thinking how are we not a couple of scores up after all that pressure?
"That's been our story of late. We've created plenty of opportunities and not finished them. We created even more tonight," said Wilson
"If I'm honest we should have come away with more points, but we're chuffed with the win and the effort from the players.
"We've spent some time trying to make improvements week-on-week and we've made those improvements, but we'll need to make a lot more to beat the Dragons next week."
"To come here and get our first win on the road was great."