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March 22, 2024

Glasgow Warriors 17 - 13 Cardiff

United Rugby Championship match played at Scotstoun on Friday March 22nd 2024 | No comments

Lucio Sordoni went over for Glasgow's second try
Glasgow Warriors did just enough to edge out Cardiff in the strong wind and heavy rain at Scotstoun this evening.

Warriors had to overturna 13-0 half-time deficit to claim the victory that moved them to joint top of the URC.

Cardiff came to Scotstoun with just three wins in their previous 11 matches but - with the aid of a strong wind behind them - they dominated the scoreboard in the first half, with Ben Thomas going over for a great try.

However, Glasgow took full advantage of the turnaround, with forwards Max Williamson and Lucio Sordoni both scoring their first tries for the club as they moved level with Leinster at the summit.

Warriors head coach Franco Smith admitted Glasgow were "shellshocked" at half-time after Cardiff put 13 unanswered points on them at Scotstoun.

"We're a good team, we play with our hearts on our sleeve," Smith told BBC Scotland. "I felt we were a little bit shellshocked in the first half and it was about focusing our energy and enthusiasm into certain areas.

"I'm excited we could problem solve, happy with the win, but there's a lot of work to do. Blending the other internationals in is always a challenge. Hopefully we can build from this in the week coming."

A bonus point win would have put Glasgow top but for a long time, it looked like the points would be burgled by a hard-working Cardiff side who managed the awful weather better than their hosts.

"We work hard every week but tonight we were challenged physically by Cardiff," Smith admitted.

"They were very well prepared for us, they were eager. I'm glad in the serious conditions we could still get it done, especially to come back from 13-0 down at half-time.

"It was really tough. We still did a good job. We had opportunities that we didn't convert from the set-piece. It could have made a difference if we'd scored some points in the first half, taken the pressure off the second half.

"I'm disappointed about not getting a bonus point but that was a very tough Cardiff side. We've had six or seven games like that this year, which is really disappointing.

"Next week we'll have some fresh boys coming in. Some boys will have a break - Kyle Steyn, Jack Dempsey, Matt Fagerson. Hopefully we can all be aligned challenging for Europe."

Referee Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Man of the Match Jack Dempsey
Nathan McBeth
Johnny Matthews
Lucio Sordoni
Max Williamson
Alex Samuel
Euan Ferrie
Matt Fagerson
Jack Dempsey
Jamie Dobie
Duncan Weir
Kyle Steyn
Tom Jordan
Stafford McDowall
Sebastian Cancelliere
Josh McKay
Gregor Hiddleston
Allan Dell
Oli Kebble
Sintu Manjezi
Ally Miller
Henco Venter
George Horne
Duncan Munn
Match Substitutions
Off On
Sebastian Cancelliere George Horne
Off On
Matt Fagerson Henco Venter
Off On
Alex Samuel Ally Miller
Off On
Lucio Sordoni Oli Kebble
Off On
Euan Ferrie Sintu Manjezi
Off On
Johnny Matthews Gregor Hiddleston
Off On
Nathan McBeth Allan Dell
Off On
Duncan Weir Duncan Munn
Max Williamson Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Lucio Sordoni Try 
Duncan Weir Conversion
Duncan Weir Penalty