Disappointing Defeat For Glasgow

Glasgow 19, Cardiff 22Glasgow disappointed against Cardiff at Hughenden this evening. Only in the closing minutes did the home team raise their game to excite the small crowd, but by then, despite a Kenny Sinclair try, it was too late.Cardiff's win with two tries to one kept them in the hunt for the Welsh/Scottish League title. Glasgow" defeat left them with no possibility of overhauling Edinburgh for the better Scottish seeding in next season's Heineken Cup. Midway through the season Glasgow led the league table, with an unbeaten home record, but after their home defeats by Neath and now Cardiff this month the walls of fortress Hughenden have crumbled.Richie Dixon, Glasgow's coach, complained about basic errors and failure to find touch. "We were good enough to have won, but we did not have consistency," he observed. "It's not a lack of effort - it's a problem of application."On a dull, showery evening Glasgow were on the back foot from the start, and they were a score down after only four minutes. Long passes to the right allowed Rhys Williams to send Matt Allen over for a try too far out for Nick Robinson to convert.Tommy Hayes recorded Glasgow's first points in 17 minutes with a penalty goal after promising lead-up work by Jon Petrie, Gordon Bulloch, Roland Reid, and Rory Kerr. That sparked a flurry of penalty goals, successively by Robinson, Hayes, and Robinson again, all inside five minutes.Glasgow had a narrow escape when a grubber by Hayes was blocked at halfway. Glenn Metcalfe saved in retreat in the home 22 as Craig Morgan chased through, but another Robinson penalty goal gave Cardiff a 14-6 lead.Hayes opened the second half with a penalty goal, but almost immediately Cardiff stretched their lead to 10 points with a soft try. A Robinson crosskick eluded Metcalfe and Kerr in Glasgow's right corner, and Nick Walne pounced to score.An exchange of penalty goals by Robinson and Hayes midway in the second half left Cardiff still 10 points clear going into the final quarter, and the visitors should have sewn the game up less than 15 minutes from the end when Rhys Williams turned defence into sudden attack. Exploiting a knock-on by Andrew Henderson as Glasgow pressurised Cardiff, Williams hacked ahead and chased from one 22 to the other, and the full back's enterprise appeared to have created a second try for Allen. But the centre failed to ground the ball, though the try was disallowed apparently only on a touch judge's call.Only then did Glasgow create the means to score a try, with Alan Bulloch releasing Kerr from halfway into the Cardiff 22. Though Kerr was stifled and the recycled possession was loose, David Hilton tidied up for Sinclair jink in between the posts for Hayes to convert.It was too late for Glasgow, and Cardiff could still have had the last word if either Robinson or Neil Jenkins had been successful with drop kicks at goal.Glasgow have two league matches left, both at home. Newport, who, like Cardiff, are in the hunt for the league title, will be at Hughenden on Friday, and a visit by Swansea closes Glasgow's season.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Guy Perrett, Andrew Hall, Roland Reid, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Colin Stewart for Perrett (53 minutes), James McLaren for Metcalfe (54), Kenny Sinclair for Beveridge (64), Richard Maxton for Reid (66), David Hilton for Blades (69), Calvin Howarth for Hayes (75).Scorers: Try, Sinclair; conversion, Hayes; penalty goals, Hayes (4).Cardiff - Rhys Williams; Nick Walne, Matt Allen, Pieter Muller, Craig Morgan; Nick Robinson, Andy Booth; Peter Rogers, Greg Woods, Kenneth Fourie, Adam Jones, John Tait (captain), Robin Sowden-Taylor, Martyn Williams, Dan Baugh. Substitutes - Rob Appleyard for Baugh (52), Ryan Powell for Booth (54), Neil Jenkins for Walne (66), Gary Powell for Fourie (68), Andrew Lewis for Woods (68).Scorers: Tries, Allen, Walne; penalty goals, Robinson (4).Referee - John Steele (Dumfries).Glasgow 19, Cardiff 22Glasgow disappointed against Cardiff at Hughenden this evening. Only in the closing minutes did the home team raise their game to excite the small crowd, but by then, despite a Kenny Sinclair try, it was too late.Cardiff's win with two tries to one kept them in the hunt for the Welsh/Scottish League title. Glasgow" defeat left them with no possibility of overhauling Edinburgh for the better Scottish seeding in next season's Heineken Cup. Midway through the season Glasgow led the league table, with an unbeaten home record, but after their home defeats by Neath and now Cardiff this month the walls of fortress Hughenden have crumbled.Richie Dixon, Glasgow's coach, complained about basic errors and failure to find touch. "We were good enough to have won, but we did not have consistency," he observed. "It's not a lack of effort - it's a problem of application."On a dull, showery evening Glasgow were on the back foot from the start, and they were a score down after only four minutes. Long passes to the right allowed Rhys Williams to send Matt Allen over for a try too far out for Nick Robinson to convert.Tommy Hayes recorded Glasgow's first points in 17 minutes with a penalty goal after promising lead-up work by Jon Petrie, Gordon Bulloch, Roland Reid, and Rory Kerr. That sparked a flurry of penalty goals, successively by Robinson, Hayes, and Robinson again, all inside five minutes.Glasgow had a narrow escape when a grubber by Hayes was blocked at halfway. Glenn Metcalfe saved in retreat in the home 22 as Craig Morgan chased through, but another Robinson penalty goal gave Cardiff a 14-6 lead.Hayes opened the second half with a penalty goal, but almost immediately Cardiff stretched their lead to 10 points with a soft try. A Robinson crosskick eluded Metcalfe and Kerr in Glasgow's right corner, and Nick Walne pounced to score.An exchange of penalty goals by Robinson and Hayes midway in the second half left Cardiff still 10 points clear going into the final quarter, and the visitors should have sewn the game up less than 15 minutes from the end when Rhys Williams turned defence into sudden attack. Exploiting a knock-on by Andrew Henderson as Glasgow pressurised Cardiff, Williams hacked ahead and chased from one 22 to the other, and the full back's enterprise appeared to have created a second try for Allen. But the centre failed to ground the ball, though the try was disallowed apparently only on a touch judge's call.Only then did Glasgow create the means to score a try, with Alan Bulloch releasing Kerr from halfway into the Cardiff 22. Though Kerr was stifled and the recycled possession was loose, David Hilton tidied up for Sinclair jink in between the posts for Hayes to convert.It was too late for Glasgow, and Cardiff could still have had the last word if either Robinson or Neil Jenkins had been successful with drop kicks at goal.Glasgow have two league matches left, both at home. Newport, who, like Cardiff, are in the hunt for the league title, will be at Hughenden on Friday, and a visit by Swansea closes Glasgow's season.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Jon Steel, Alan Bulloch, Andrew Henderson, Rory Kerr; Tommy Hayes, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch (captain), Lee Harrison, Guy Perrett, Andrew Hall, Roland Reid, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Colin Stewart for Perrett (53 minutes), James McLaren for Metcalfe (54), Kenny Sinclair for Beveridge (64), Richard Maxton for Reid (66), David Hilton for Blades (69), Calvin Howarth for Hayes (75).Scorers: Try, Sinclair; conversion, Hayes; penalty goals, Hayes (4).Cardiff - Rhys Williams; Nick Walne, Matt Allen, Pieter Muller, Craig Morgan; Nick Robinson, Andy Booth; Peter Rogers, Greg Woods, Kenneth Fourie, Adam Jones, John Tait (captain), Robin Sowden-Taylor, Martyn Williams, Dan Baugh. Substitutes - Rob Appleyard for Baugh (52), Ryan Powell for Booth (54), Neil Jenkins for Walne (66), Gary Powell for Fourie (68), Andrew Lewis for Woods (68).Scorers: Tries, Allen, Walne; penalty goals, Robinson (4).Referee - John Steele (Dumfries).