Glasgow Beaten In Cardiff

Cardiff 29, Glasgow 12Glasgow lost ground tonight in their endeavour to climb back to the top of the Welsh/Scottish League. Defeat by Cardiff at The Arms Park left the Scottish team still in mid-table, 12 points behind the joint leaders, Newport and Llanelli.Nor could Glasgow generate the rugby which, earlier in the season, had made them one of the leading try-scorers in the league. Glasgow scored only four penalty goals, all by Graeme Kiddie, in response to a like number of Cardiff tries.Glasgow were well short of full strength. Yet so were Cardiff, who listed fewer capped players than Glasgow did.Glasgow's problems, however, continued right up to the morning of the match. Not only were the first-choice half-backs, Tommy Hayes and Andy Nicol, out of the original selection frame, but the former's stand-in as stand-off, Barry Irving, withdrew yesterday evening. James McLaren fell by the wayside this morning, as did Andy Hall, who had travelled to Wales among the possible substitutes. Irving and Hall were ill whereas McLaren had a calf strain. Kiddie took over as third-choice stand-off, and Alan Bulloch returned at outside centre.Even in those circumstances, the game was one of missed opportunities by Glasgow, especially in the first half, when they had the advantage of a stiff breeze blowing on their backs. It was not just that Kiddie missed two of his five penalty attempts, but, even more damaging to the cause, Glasgow lost ball in turnovers on four occasions when they thrust into the Cardiff 22, most notably a spirited run by the busy Graeme Beveridge off Jon Petrie's lineout take.Sterling work by the Glasgow forwards was devalued. Jason White once more exercised his penchant for stealing opposition lineout throws, and the pack had several phases of severely demanding driving play.Worse was to follow midway in the second half, when the Glasgow forwards were hammering the Cardiff goal-line. Not only was possession lost but Cardiff sprang out to score their fourth try. Rhys Williams opened the door wide with a deep kick sailing down the wind, and though Ian McInroy seemed initially to have saved Glasgow on his own 22-metre line Cardiff pinched the ball again for Francois Mounier to score.Nick Robinson kicked his fourth conversion. The turnover could be valued as 14 points - Glasgow found themselves 17 points adrift instead of potentially cutting Cardiff's lead to 19-16.Three penalty goals by Kiddie gave Glasgow a 9-0 lead after 34 minutes. In that time Cardiff had only once seriously threatened, when Rhys Williams chased a kick ahead but hacked the ball too far.Williams, however, was not to be denied a try before half-time. John Tait's lineout take released Kenneth Fourie on a fierce charge before swiftly recycled possession allowed Matt Allen to make the half-break for the full back to score. Robinson converted, cutting Glasgow to 9-7 at half-time.Five minutes into the second half Pieter Muller and Mounier made the running before Robinson's long pass sent Allen over, and nine minutes later Gary Powell scored from a close-range scrum. Robinson converted the second of those for 19-9.Glasgow needed another score to stay in the game. Instead, Mounier's try finished the contest, though not the action, mainly as Cardiff hammered against determined defence. The only further scores were penalty goals by Kiddie and Robinson.Cardiff - Rhys Williams; Craig Hudson, Matt Allen, Pieter Muller (captain), Craig Morgan; Nick Robinson, Ryan Powell; Kenneth Fourie, Andrew Lewis, Gary Powell, Adam Jones, John Tait, Francois Mounier, Semo Sititi, Emyr Lewis. Substitutes - Craig Quinnell for Tait (55 minutes), Jonathan Humphreys for Andrew Lewis (64), David Young for Powell (69), Martyn Williams for Mounier (76), Andrew Henry for Morgan (76).Scorers: Tries, Allen, Mounier, Gary Powell, Rhys Williams; conversions, Robinson 3; penalty goal, Robinson.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Graeme Kiddie, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Gordon McIlwham, Steve Griffiths, Jason White, Roland Reid, Tom McLaren, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Ian McInroy for Kerr (55), Nathan Ross for Reid (55), Gareth Flockhart for McLaren (64), Jon Stuart for Henderson (70), Gavin Scott for Gordon Bulloch (72), Lee Harrison for Hilton (76).Scorer: Penalty goals, Kiddie 4.Referee - David R Davies (Llanbradach).Cardiff 29, Glasgow 12Glasgow lost ground tonight in their endeavour to climb back to the top of the Welsh/Scottish League. Defeat by Cardiff at The Arms Park left the Scottish team still in mid-table, 12 points behind the joint leaders, Newport and Llanelli.Nor could Glasgow generate the rugby which, earlier in the season, had made them one of the leading try-scorers in the league. Glasgow scored only four penalty goals, all by Graeme Kiddie, in response to a like number of Cardiff tries.Glasgow were well short of full strength. Yet so were Cardiff, who listed fewer capped players than Glasgow did.Glasgow's problems, however, continued right up to the morning of the match. Not only were the first-choice half-backs, Tommy Hayes and Andy Nicol, out of the original selection frame, but the former's stand-in as stand-off, Barry Irving, withdrew yesterday evening. James McLaren fell by the wayside this morning, as did Andy Hall, who had travelled to Wales among the possible substitutes. Irving and Hall were ill whereas McLaren had a calf strain. Kiddie took over as third-choice stand-off, and Alan Bulloch returned at outside centre.Even in those circumstances, the game was one of missed opportunities by Glasgow, especially in the first half, when they had the advantage of a stiff breeze blowing on their backs. It was not just that Kiddie missed two of his five penalty attempts, but, even more damaging to the cause, Glasgow lost ball in turnovers on four occasions when they thrust into the Cardiff 22, most notably a spirited run by the busy Graeme Beveridge off Jon Petrie's lineout take.Sterling work by the Glasgow forwards was devalued. Jason White once more exercised his penchant for stealing opposition lineout throws, and the pack had several phases of severely demanding driving play.Worse was to follow midway in the second half, when the Glasgow forwards were hammering the Cardiff goal-line. Not only was possession lost but Cardiff sprang out to score their fourth try. Rhys Williams opened the door wide with a deep kick sailing down the wind, and though Ian McInroy seemed initially to have saved Glasgow on his own 22-metre line Cardiff pinched the ball again for Francois Mounier to score.Nick Robinson kicked his fourth conversion. The turnover could be valued as 14 points - Glasgow found themselves 17 points adrift instead of potentially cutting Cardiff's lead to 19-16.Three penalty goals by Kiddie gave Glasgow a 9-0 lead after 34 minutes. In that time Cardiff had only once seriously threatened, when Rhys Williams chased a kick ahead but hacked the ball too far.Williams, however, was not to be denied a try before half-time. John Tait's lineout take released Kenneth Fourie on a fierce charge before swiftly recycled possession allowed Matt Allen to make the half-break for the full back to score. Robinson converted, cutting Glasgow to 9-7 at half-time.Five minutes into the second half Pieter Muller and Mounier made the running before Robinson's long pass sent Allen over, and nine minutes later Gary Powell scored from a close-range scrum. Robinson converted the second of those for 19-9.Glasgow needed another score to stay in the game. Instead, Mounier's try finished the contest, though not the action, mainly as Cardiff hammered against determined defence. The only further scores were penalty goals by Kiddie and Robinson.Cardiff - Rhys Williams; Craig Hudson, Matt Allen, Pieter Muller (captain), Craig Morgan; Nick Robinson, Ryan Powell; Kenneth Fourie, Andrew Lewis, Gary Powell, Adam Jones, John Tait, Francois Mounier, Semo Sititi, Emyr Lewis. Substitutes - Craig Quinnell for Tait (55 minutes), Jonathan Humphreys for Andrew Lewis (64), David Young for Powell (69), Martyn Williams for Mounier (76), Andrew Henry for Morgan (76).Scorers: Tries, Allen, Mounier, Gary Powell, Rhys Williams; conversions, Robinson 3; penalty goal, Robinson.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Graeme Kiddie, Graeme Beveridge; David Hilton, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Gordon McIlwham, Steve Griffiths, Jason White, Roland Reid, Tom McLaren, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Ian McInroy for Kerr (55), Nathan Ross for Reid (55), Gareth Flockhart for McLaren (64), Jon Stuart for Henderson (70), Gavin Scott for Gordon Bulloch (72), Lee Harrison for Hilton (76).Scorer: Penalty goals, Kiddie 4.Referee - David R Davies (Llanbradach).