Glasgow Avenge Cardiff Defeat

Glasgow 47, Cardiff 32What a difference in a week! Humbled at Cardiff, dominant at home! Glasgow today rediscovered the sneddum that has taken them to the Welsh/Scottish League top spot and a Celtic League quarter-final place.It was an exhilarating, exciting performance by Glasgow in beating Cardiff in the Heineken Cup match at Hughenden. Equally important, the result kept alive Glasgow's campaign to qualify for the tournament quarter-finals."What a spectacle," Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, remarked afterwards. "When we play, we can live with anyone," he added.From the start it was Glasgow who set the pace and defined the style. Here was a team willing and capable of taking the game to the opposition. Glasgow's aim was to play in the Cardiff faces. Through that policy they went ahead after only six minutes, and they stayed in front throughout.Gareth Flockhart and James McLaren set up the position for that opening try with demanding thrusts, Andy Henderson continued the attack by inducing a close-range ruck, and swift recycling allowed Gordon Bulloch to send Tommy Hayes over on the right. Hayes added the conversion.Indeed, the stand-off went on to score 32 points in the match with three conversions and seven penalty goals as well as that try. His was a points record for Glasgow in the Heineken Cup, as was the team's score of 47.That opening score was typical of much that was to follow. The Glasgow forwards relished the hits for repossessing from breakdown, and McLaren made his impression on the opposition almost every time he had the ball. Rory Kerr, too, raised cheers by adding aggressive running to his well established pace."I was very pleased with the attitude of the players and their commitment," Dixon commented. "We varied our game. We asked questions." His one complaint about his team was that they conceded four soft tries. Fortunately, three of them were after Glasgow had stretched to 34-11 midway in the second half.No one epitomised the Glasgow game more than White. He was commanding in the lineout, pinching opposition throws as well as securing his own ball, and he was a prime mover in the loose - playing at lock forward though obviously eager to display his known talent as a flanker. He would have deserved to have been named man of the match. However, the TV commentators thought otherwise and chose the admirable Glenn Metcalfe.Glasgow were not long in adding to their lead, when a chipped kick by Hayes and his own follow-up tackle on Rhys Williams procured a penalty for holding on. The stand-off kicked the goal, and Glasgow were 15 points up in as many minutes when Williams fumbled and Kerr hacked on to chase and score.An exchange of penalty goals by Iestyn Harris and Hayes left Glasgow still 15 points ahead after half an hour. By then, little had been seen of Harris, the dominant figure in Cardiff's 46-7 win eight days ago - this time he was allowed little possession or time to weave his spell. Glasgow had had enough of the former Rugby League stand-off's magic.Cardiff, however, found the means to cut Glasgow's lead back before the interval, after Gordon Bulloch's loose pass had eluded Metcalfe. The self-imposed pressure soon found a weakness in the home defence as Andrew Henry dived over in Kerr's tackle at the right corner. Apart from that, the speedy Henry was well policed by Kerr.A late tackle by Nathan Ross on Harris was penalised by an easy goal by the obstructed stand-off early in the second half, but Glasgow were soon on track again. The combined efforts of Roland Reid and Ross took Hayes within range for his third penalty goal, and a series of fearsome drives by the Glasgow forwards, individuals and units, steadily recycling, were rewarded when McLaren ran over on the left.Hayes converted from far out for 28-11, and he added two more penalty goals before Glasgow's concentration and control lapsed for Williams to escape from close to his own 22 and run through to score between the posts. Harris converted, and with Glasgow accepting penalties as credits for position and pressure, two more goals by Hayes boosted the lead to 40-18 after 68 minutes. The game was safe.Harris, however, still had a couple of opportunities to display why he had been the match-winner a week ago. His break and Matt Allen's support let Pieter Muller in, and, as the final scoring action of the day, Harris cut through for a try of his own. He converted both.Between those scores, Glasgow exploited a Cardiff error for their own fourth try. Craig Quinnell fumbled in his own 22, Kerr nabbed the Cardiff lock, and David Hilton - the prop still full of running so close to the end - fed out to put Reid in at the left corner.Again Hayes converted from the wide angle, but, with the last kick of the match, he missed a penalty. It would have hoisted Glasgow's haul to a well rounded half-century.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jonathan Steel, James McLaren, Andy Henderson, Rory Kerr; Tommy Hayes, Andy Nicol (captain); David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch, Gordon McIlwham, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Roland Reid, Gareth Flockhart, Jon Petrie. Replacements - Gordon Simpson for Flockhart (68), Alan Bulloch for McLaren (77), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (78), Ben Prescott for Hilton (78).Scorers - Tries, Hayes, Kerr, McLaren, Reid; conversions, Hayes (3); penalty goals, Hayes (7).Cardiff - Rhys Williams; Andrew Henry, Jamie Robinson, Pieter Muller, Anthony Sullivan; Iestyn Harris, Robert Howley; Spencer John, Jonathan Humphreys, David Young (captain), Craig Quinnell, Adam Jones, Rob Appleyard, Semo Sititi, Emyr Lewis. Replacements - Greg Kacala for Jones (54), Peter Rogers for Humphreys (64), Andrew Lewis for Young (64), Matt Allen for Robinson (68), Francois Mounier for Appleyard (74).Scorers: Tries, Henry, Williams, Muller, Harris; conversions, Harris (3); penalty goals, Harris (3).Referee - Guilio de Santis (Italy).Attendance - 4823.Glasgow 47, Cardiff 32What a difference in a week! Humbled at Cardiff, dominant at home! Glasgow today rediscovered the sneddum that has taken them to the Welsh/Scottish League top spot and a Celtic League quarter-final place.It was an exhilarating, exciting performance by Glasgow in beating Cardiff in the Heineken Cup match at Hughenden. Equally important, the result kept alive Glasgow's campaign to qualify for the tournament quarter-finals."What a spectacle," Richie Dixon, Glasgow's head coach, remarked afterwards. "When we play, we can live with anyone," he added.From the start it was Glasgow who set the pace and defined the style. Here was a team willing and capable of taking the game to the opposition. Glasgow's aim was to play in the Cardiff faces. Through that policy they went ahead after only six minutes, and they stayed in front throughout.Gareth Flockhart and James McLaren set up the position for that opening try with demanding thrusts, Andy Henderson continued the attack by inducing a close-range ruck, and swift recycling allowed Gordon Bulloch to send Tommy Hayes over on the right. Hayes added the conversion.Indeed, the stand-off went on to score 32 points in the match with three conversions and seven penalty goals as well as that try. His was a points record for Glasgow in the Heineken Cup, as was the team's score of 47.That opening score was typical of much that was to follow. The Glasgow forwards relished the hits for repossessing from breakdown, and McLaren made his impression on the opposition almost every time he had the ball. Rory Kerr, too, raised cheers by adding aggressive running to his well established pace."I was very pleased with the attitude of the players and their commitment," Dixon commented. "We varied our game. We asked questions." His one complaint about his team was that they conceded four soft tries. Fortunately, three of them were after Glasgow had stretched to 34-11 midway in the second half.No one epitomised the Glasgow game more than White. He was commanding in the lineout, pinching opposition throws as well as securing his own ball, and he was a prime mover in the loose - playing at lock forward though obviously eager to display his known talent as a flanker. He would have deserved to have been named man of the match. However, the TV commentators thought otherwise and chose the admirable Glenn Metcalfe.Glasgow were not long in adding to their lead, when a chipped kick by Hayes and his own follow-up tackle on Rhys Williams procured a penalty for holding on. The stand-off kicked the goal, and Glasgow were 15 points up in as many minutes when Williams fumbled and Kerr hacked on to chase and score.An exchange of penalty goals by Iestyn Harris and Hayes left Glasgow still 15 points ahead after half an hour. By then, little had been seen of Harris, the dominant figure in Cardiff's 46-7 win eight days ago - this time he was allowed little possession or time to weave his spell. Glasgow had had enough of the former Rugby League stand-off's magic.Cardiff, however, found the means to cut Glasgow's lead back before the interval, after Gordon Bulloch's loose pass had eluded Metcalfe. The self-imposed pressure soon found a weakness in the home defence as Andrew Henry dived over in Kerr's tackle at the right corner. Apart from that, the speedy Henry was well policed by Kerr.A late tackle by Nathan Ross on Harris was penalised by an easy goal by the obstructed stand-off early in the second half, but Glasgow were soon on track again. The combined efforts of Roland Reid and Ross took Hayes within range for his third penalty goal, and a series of fearsome drives by the Glasgow forwards, individuals and units, steadily recycling, were rewarded when McLaren ran over on the left.Hayes converted from far out for 28-11, and he added two more penalty goals before Glasgow's concentration and control lapsed for Williams to escape from close to his own 22 and run through to score between the posts. Harris converted, and with Glasgow accepting penalties as credits for position and pressure, two more goals by Hayes boosted the lead to 40-18 after 68 minutes. The game was safe.Harris, however, still had a couple of opportunities to display why he had been the match-winner a week ago. His break and Matt Allen's support let Pieter Muller in, and, as the final scoring action of the day, Harris cut through for a try of his own. He converted both.Between those scores, Glasgow exploited a Cardiff error for their own fourth try. Craig Quinnell fumbled in his own 22, Kerr nabbed the Cardiff lock, and David Hilton - the prop still full of running so close to the end - fed out to put Reid in at the left corner.Again Hayes converted from the wide angle, but, with the last kick of the match, he missed a penalty. It would have hoisted Glasgow's haul to a well rounded half-century.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jonathan Steel, James McLaren, Andy Henderson, Rory Kerr; Tommy Hayes, Andy Nicol (captain); David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch, Gordon McIlwham, Nathan Ross, Jason White, Roland Reid, Gareth Flockhart, Jon Petrie. Replacements - Gordon Simpson for Flockhart (68), Alan Bulloch for McLaren (77), Graeme Beveridge for Nicol (78), Ben Prescott for Hilton (78).Scorers - Tries, Hayes, Kerr, McLaren, Reid; conversions, Hayes (3); penalty goals, Hayes (7).Cardiff - Rhys Williams; Andrew Henry, Jamie Robinson, Pieter Muller, Anthony Sullivan; Iestyn Harris, Robert Howley; Spencer John, Jonathan Humphreys, David Young (captain), Craig Quinnell, Adam Jones, Rob Appleyard, Semo Sititi, Emyr Lewis. Replacements - Greg Kacala for Jones (54), Peter Rogers for Humphreys (64), Andrew Lewis for Young (64), Matt Allen for Robinson (68), Francois Mounier for Appleyard (74).Scorers: Tries, Henry, Williams, Muller, Harris; conversions, Harris (3); penalty goals, Harris (3).Referee - Guilio de Santis (Italy).Attendance - 4823.