Glasgow Lay Down Celtic League Challenge

Cardiff 35, Glasgow 44Glasgow threw down the gauntlet this afternoon. Victory at the Arms Park was a clear challenge to all others in the Celtic League that this Glasgow team have their eyes set on prizes.To win away against Cardiff was a notable scalp. It was a rare win in Wales, their first at the Arms Park.Glasgow collected maximum point from the venture, picking up a bonus for their five tries. Only one other team did that in this first series of Celtic League games this weekend. Leinster also scored five on Friday night, beating Pontypridd at Donnybrook.Those two results have set up an enthralling head-to-head encounter in the series round of games. Leinster are Glasgow's visitors at Hughenden on Friday evening.It was the manner of Glasgow's victory that should make others beware. A try by Michael Bartlett only four minutes into the contest was an emphatic statement of intent. Yet three times Glasgow had to come behind. First, a 14-3 lead after quarter of an hour was overturned in the space of barely two minutes. When Rhys Williams sliced through for Cardiff's third try in the first minute of the second half, Iestyn Harris converting for 27-20, Glasgow had to dig deep again, and a Harris penalty goal after 58 minutes edged the home side ahead yet again - this time of 30-27.Glasgow, however, dominated the final quarter, securing the bonus with Gordon Simpson's try and closing the door on Cardiff with Alan Bulloch's interception score. It was only at the end, with the game sewn up, that Martyn Williams slipped through for Cardiff's bonus-earning fourth try.Patience was key element in Glasgow's success. They were always ready work away in recycling possession until the time was right. Bartlett's opening try, as once instance, was scored off fourth-phase ball after Jason White had won lineout possession before Stuart Moffat, Cameron Blades, and Jon Steel set up a ruck in the right corner for crossfield passing to create the opportunity for Bartlett on the left.Even better, nine phases of regeneration preceded the penalty goal with which Tommy Hayes drew the scores level at 20-all at half-time. Five phases led to Simpson's try.Kiwi Searancke, Glasgow's new head coach, was pleased, though realistic with the win as his start in competitive Northern Hemisphere rugby. 'there's still a long, long way to go," he warned. Watch this space!Steel, as for the first score, made a telling incision for Glasgow's second try. Crossfield handing by Hayes and two forwards, Simpson and Andy Hall, gave Donnie Macfadyen the scope to burrow through to score. Simpson and the tireless Hall were key elements in the Glasgow game throughout the match, as was Jason White, who set the captain's example.Hayes converted both tries. But between those scores, Harris kicked a penalty goal, and midway in the first half Cardiff struck two quick-fire blows. Ryan Powell nipped over from his own tapped penalty five metres out, and when Cardiff swiftly turned defence into attack, off an interception from Jon Petrie, Craig Morgan's thrust up the left touchline let Matt Allen in for a try. Harris kicked both conversions, and Cardiff were 17-14 ahead.Hayes restored equality with a second penalty goal, and Jason White thwarted a Cardiff threat by stealing a home lineout in the Glasgow 22. Suddenly, Glasgow's composure deserted them. Harris kicked another penalty goal, Glasgow lost two successive lineouts on their own throw, and Hayes had his second of three penalty misses, though he had success with the last kick of the first half.The second half began with a Hayes mis-hit kick. His kick-off did not go 10 metres, the consequent scrum provide the means for Nick Walne to cut through on the right, and Rhys Williams finished off on the left. Harris converted for 27-20.Kenneth Fourie was sin-binned 10 minutes later, and Glasgow quickly exploited Cardiff's handicap. Steel set up the platform in midfield, Howarth made the running on the left, and Hayes linked for Bartlett to scoop up the ball and dive over. Hayes converted for 27-all.Harris, however, responded with a penalty goal before Fourie's return, and though Glasgow continued to turn the screws, with constant pressure in the home 22, they could not initially make it count. Three times in the space of only a couple of minutes they lost turnovers before White and Andy Nicol released David Hilton almost to the line. The replacement prop was denied by only inches, but Simpson finished. Howarth converted for 34-20, and Glasgow were not again caught.A Howarth penalty goal took Glasgow seven point clear again, and Alan Bulloch made certain when he intercepted off Jamie Robinson. Howarth converted.It was only then that Martyn Williams purchased Cardiff's four-try bonus, off the penalty when Petrie was sin-binned. But Robinson failed with the conversion kick that would have cut Glasgow's lead back to seven points and earned Cardiff another bonus for a narrow defeat.Cardiff - Rhys Williams; Anthony Sullivan, Nick Walne, Matt Allen, Craig Morgan; Iestyn Harris, Ryan Powell; Tim Payne, Greg Woods, Kenneth Fourie, Chris Stamatakis, John Tait, Jim Brownrigg, Emyr Lewis, Martyn Williams (captain). Substitutes - Andrew Lewis for Woods (15 minutes), Rob Appleyard for Lewis (36), Gary Powell for Appleyard (60-61), Robin Sowden-Taylor for Tait (71), Nick Robinson for Harris (71), Jamie Robinson for Allen (73), Richard Smith for Ryan Powell (73).Tries, Allen, Ryan Powell, Martyn Williams, Rhys Williams; conversions, Harris (3); penalty goals, Harris (3).Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Michael Bartlett, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Jon Steel; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Jason White (captain), Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Andrew Wilson for Macfadyen (55), Rory Kerr for Steel (55), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (55), Andrew Henderson for Hayes (56), David Hilton for Harrison (61).Tries, Bartlett (2), Alan Bulloch, Macfayden, Simpson; conversions, Hayes (3), Howarth (2); penalty goals, Hayes (2), Howarth.Referee - Simon McDowell (Ireland).Cardiff 35, Glasgow 44Glasgow threw down the gauntlet this afternoon. Victory at the Arms Park was a clear challenge to all others in the Celtic League that this Glasgow team have their eyes set on prizes.To win away against Cardiff was a notable scalp. It was a rare win in Wales, their first at the Arms Park.Glasgow collected maximum point from the venture, picking up a bonus for their five tries. Only one other team did that in this first series of Celtic League games this weekend. Leinster also scored five on Friday night, beating Pontypridd at Donnybrook.Those two results have set up an enthralling head-to-head encounter in the series round of games. Leinster are Glasgow's visitors at Hughenden on Friday evening.It was the manner of Glasgow's victory that should make others beware. A try by Michael Bartlett only four minutes into the contest was an emphatic statement of intent. Yet three times Glasgow had to come behind. First, a 14-3 lead after quarter of an hour was overturned in the space of barely two minutes. When Rhys Williams sliced through for Cardiff's third try in the first minute of the second half, Iestyn Harris converting for 27-20, Glasgow had to dig deep again, and a Harris penalty goal after 58 minutes edged the home side ahead yet again - this time of 30-27.Glasgow, however, dominated the final quarter, securing the bonus with Gordon Simpson's try and closing the door on Cardiff with Alan Bulloch's interception score. It was only at the end, with the game sewn up, that Martyn Williams slipped through for Cardiff's bonus-earning fourth try.Patience was key element in Glasgow's success. They were always ready work away in recycling possession until the time was right. Bartlett's opening try, as once instance, was scored off fourth-phase ball after Jason White had won lineout possession before Stuart Moffat, Cameron Blades, and Jon Steel set up a ruck in the right corner for crossfield passing to create the opportunity for Bartlett on the left.Even better, nine phases of regeneration preceded the penalty goal with which Tommy Hayes drew the scores level at 20-all at half-time. Five phases led to Simpson's try.Kiwi Searancke, Glasgow's new head coach, was pleased, though realistic with the win as his start in competitive Northern Hemisphere rugby. 'there's still a long, long way to go," he warned. Watch this space!Steel, as for the first score, made a telling incision for Glasgow's second try. Crossfield handing by Hayes and two forwards, Simpson and Andy Hall, gave Donnie Macfadyen the scope to burrow through to score. Simpson and the tireless Hall were key elements in the Glasgow game throughout the match, as was Jason White, who set the captain's example.Hayes converted both tries. But between those scores, Harris kicked a penalty goal, and midway in the first half Cardiff struck two quick-fire blows. Ryan Powell nipped over from his own tapped penalty five metres out, and when Cardiff swiftly turned defence into attack, off an interception from Jon Petrie, Craig Morgan's thrust up the left touchline let Matt Allen in for a try. Harris kicked both conversions, and Cardiff were 17-14 ahead.Hayes restored equality with a second penalty goal, and Jason White thwarted a Cardiff threat by stealing a home lineout in the Glasgow 22. Suddenly, Glasgow's composure deserted them. Harris kicked another penalty goal, Glasgow lost two successive lineouts on their own throw, and Hayes had his second of three penalty misses, though he had success with the last kick of the first half.The second half began with a Hayes mis-hit kick. His kick-off did not go 10 metres, the consequent scrum provide the means for Nick Walne to cut through on the right, and Rhys Williams finished off on the left. Harris converted for 27-20.Kenneth Fourie was sin-binned 10 minutes later, and Glasgow quickly exploited Cardiff's handicap. Steel set up the platform in midfield, Howarth made the running on the left, and Hayes linked for Bartlett to scoop up the ball and dive over. Hayes converted for 27-all.Harris, however, responded with a penalty goal before Fourie's return, and though Glasgow continued to turn the screws, with constant pressure in the home 22, they could not initially make it count. Three times in the space of only a couple of minutes they lost turnovers before White and Andy Nicol released David Hilton almost to the line. The replacement prop was denied by only inches, but Simpson finished. Howarth converted for 34-20, and Glasgow were not again caught.A Howarth penalty goal took Glasgow seven point clear again, and Alan Bulloch made certain when he intercepted off Jamie Robinson. Howarth converted.It was only then that Martyn Williams purchased Cardiff's four-try bonus, off the penalty when Petrie was sin-binned. But Robinson failed with the conversion kick that would have cut Glasgow's lead back to seven points and earned Cardiff another bonus for a narrow defeat.Cardiff - Rhys Williams; Anthony Sullivan, Nick Walne, Matt Allen, Craig Morgan; Iestyn Harris, Ryan Powell; Tim Payne, Greg Woods, Kenneth Fourie, Chris Stamatakis, John Tait, Jim Brownrigg, Emyr Lewis, Martyn Williams (captain). Substitutes - Andrew Lewis for Woods (15 minutes), Rob Appleyard for Lewis (36), Gary Powell for Appleyard (60-61), Robin Sowden-Taylor for Tait (71), Nick Robinson for Harris (71), Jamie Robinson for Allen (73), Richard Smith for Ryan Powell (73).Tries, Allen, Ryan Powell, Martyn Williams, Rhys Williams; conversions, Harris (3); penalty goals, Harris (3).Glasgow - Stuart Moffat; Michael Bartlett, Alan Bulloch, Tommy Hayes, Jon Steel; Calvin Howarth, Graeme Beveridge; Cameron Blades, Gordon Bulloch, Lee Harrison, Andrew Hall, Jason White (captain), Gordon Simpson, Donnie Macfadyen, Jon Petrie. Substitutes - Andrew Wilson for Macfadyen (55), Rory Kerr for Steel (55), Andy Nicol for Beveridge (55), Andrew Henderson for Hayes (56), David Hilton for Harrison (61).Tries, Bartlett (2), Alan Bulloch, Macfayden, Simpson; conversions, Hayes (3), Howarth (2); penalty goals, Hayes (2), Howarth.Referee - Simon McDowell (Ireland).