Glasgow Open Celtic League With Victory

Glasgow 23, Cardiff Blues 13Glasgow had the pleasure of starting their Celtic League campaign just as they done last season, with a victory against beating Cardiff. This time, however, on a showery evening at Hughenden they did not have the satisfaction of completing the job with a bonus point.After less than an hour Glasgow led by 23-6. They had scored three tries, and within five minutes they were playing against short-handed opposition. But the momentum was lost.Afterwards, Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's coach, acknowledged that the performance had not been complete. "We struggled to win quality ball," he accepted. "But that can be rectified." As a recent coach of Scotland's forward, fewer could be better qualified to sort out set-piece problems."When we had qualify possession we looked like stretching Cardiff," he said in turning to positive aspects of the game. 'the potential is tremendous."Campbell also drew a degree of satisfaction from the way Glasgow handled Cardiff's threats. "We responded to pressure. We defended well." The measure of that was that Cardiff scored only one try, albeit while they were short-handed with Dan Baugh in the sin-bin.Most pleasing of all for the coach was that a much-changed team, with seven players making competitive debuts for Glasgow, could open their league programme will a win after just two warm-up matches. "It was a new squad coming together," he pointed out. 'that group had played together for only 20 minutes at most."Glasgow's start could hardly have been better. Sam Pinder, Rory Kerr, and Cammy Mather made the initial thrust up the right, and when patient continuity swung play to the left Calvin Howarth's half-break released Rory Kerr for the full back to send Gareth Maclure in for a try after just six minutes.Howarth missed the conversion from well out on the left. But he dropped a goal from 40 metres in 19 minutes after Pinder and Joe Naufahu had tidied up loose scrummage ball, and the stand-off added a short-range penalty goal five minutes later.Nick Robinson replied to each of Glasgow's first two scores with a penalty goal. But after Howarth's penalty goal the Cardiff stand-off missed two that would have eased the visitors into a one-point lead at half-time.Barely a minute into the second half Glasgow's lead stretched to 12 points through Pinder's quick wits and sharp appreciation. The home scrum half, sensing what might be on, switched his defensive position so that he was better placed to attack Dean Dewdney and charge down the Cardiff wing's attempted clearance. Pinder chased the rebound to score a try that Howarth converted from well out on the left.Quarter of an hour later the game was all but safe for Glasgow. Naufahu and Pinder pressurised Cardiff into conceding a penalty, Mather opted for the line, which Andy Hall won, and the forwards churned the maul over for Euan Murray to score.Within five minutes Baugh was sin-binned, but it was Cardiff who responded. Nick Robinson threatened, though denied by Jon Steel, before the Cardiff stand-off sent Nick Macleod slipped through for a try that the fly half converted.Glasgow, however, could not add to their try tally even though Cardiff continued to be short-handed, finishing with only 13. Just as Baugh was about to return Ben Evans was yellow-carded, and in the last minute Craig Quinnell was dismissed with a red card for punching. Play ended with Jim Brownrigg, the Cardiff blind-side flanker, being carried off on a stretcher. He was later released from hospital after examination.Glasgow - Rory KERR; Jon STEEL, Graeme MORRISON, Joe NAUFAHU, Gareth MACLURE;_Calvin HOWARTH, Sam PINDER; Euan MURRAY, Simon GUNN, Lee HARRISON, Andy HALL, Nathan ROSS, Cameron MATHER (captain), Donnie MACFADYEN,_Paul DEARLOVE. Substitutes - Sean LAMONT for Maclure (51 minutes), Roland REID for Dearlove (66), Scott LAWSON for Gunn (69).Tries, Maclure, Pinder, Murray; conversion, Howarth; penalty goal, Howarth; drop goal, Howarth. Cardiff Blues - Donavan van VUUREN;_Nick WALNE, Jamie ROBINSON, Nick MACLEOD, Dean DEWDNEY; Nick ROBINSON, Andrew MOORE; John YAPP, Andrew LEWIS (captain), Kenneth FOURIE, Craig QUINNELL, Andy MOORE, Jim BROWNRIGG, Robin SOWDEN-TAYLOR, Dan BAUGH. Substitutes - Ben EVANS for Fourie (57), FOURIE for Baugh (73), Nathan THOMAS for Andy Moore (77).Try, Macleod; conversion, Nick Robinson; penalty goals, Nick Robinson (2). Red card - Quinnell; yellow cards - Baugh, Evans.Referee - David McHUGH (Ireland).Attendance - 3264.Glasgow 23, Cardiff Blues 13Glasgow had the pleasure of starting their Celtic League campaign just as they done last season, with a victory against beating Cardiff. This time, however, on a showery evening at Hughenden they did not have the satisfaction of completing the job with a bonus point.After less than an hour Glasgow led by 23-6. They had scored three tries, and within five minutes they were playing against short-handed opposition. But the momentum was lost.Afterwards, Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's coach, acknowledged that the performance had not been complete. "We struggled to win quality ball," he accepted. "But that can be rectified." As a recent coach of Scotland's forward, fewer could be better qualified to sort out set-piece problems."When we had qualify possession we looked like stretching Cardiff," he said in turning to positive aspects of the game. 'the potential is tremendous."Campbell also drew a degree of satisfaction from the way Glasgow handled Cardiff's threats. "We responded to pressure. We defended well." The measure of that was that Cardiff scored only one try, albeit while they were short-handed with Dan Baugh in the sin-bin.Most pleasing of all for the coach was that a much-changed team, with seven players making competitive debuts for Glasgow, could open their league programme will a win after just two warm-up matches. "It was a new squad coming together," he pointed out. 'that group had played together for only 20 minutes at most."Glasgow's start could hardly have been better. Sam Pinder, Rory Kerr, and Cammy Mather made the initial thrust up the right, and when patient continuity swung play to the left Calvin Howarth's half-break released Rory Kerr for the full back to send Gareth Maclure in for a try after just six minutes.Howarth missed the conversion from well out on the left. But he dropped a goal from 40 metres in 19 minutes after Pinder and Joe Naufahu had tidied up loose scrummage ball, and the stand-off added a short-range penalty goal five minutes later.Nick Robinson replied to each of Glasgow's first two scores with a penalty goal. But after Howarth's penalty goal the Cardiff stand-off missed two that would have eased the visitors into a one-point lead at half-time.Barely a minute into the second half Glasgow's lead stretched to 12 points through Pinder's quick wits and sharp appreciation. The home scrum half, sensing what might be on, switched his defensive position so that he was better placed to attack Dean Dewdney and charge down the Cardiff wing's attempted clearance. Pinder chased the rebound to score a try that Howarth converted from well out on the left.Quarter of an hour later the game was all but safe for Glasgow. Naufahu and Pinder pressurised Cardiff into conceding a penalty, Mather opted for the line, which Andy Hall won, and the forwards churned the maul over for Euan Murray to score.Within five minutes Baugh was sin-binned, but it was Cardiff who responded. Nick Robinson threatened, though denied by Jon Steel, before the Cardiff stand-off sent Nick Macleod slipped through for a try that the fly half converted.Glasgow, however, could not add to their try tally even though Cardiff continued to be short-handed, finishing with only 13. Just as Baugh was about to return Ben Evans was yellow-carded, and in the last minute Craig Quinnell was dismissed with a red card for punching. Play ended with Jim Brownrigg, the Cardiff blind-side flanker, being carried off on a stretcher. He was later released from hospital after examination.Glasgow - Rory KERR; Jon STEEL, Graeme MORRISON, Joe NAUFAHU, Gareth MACLURE;_Calvin HOWARTH, Sam PINDER; Euan MURRAY, Simon GUNN, Lee HARRISON, Andy HALL, Nathan ROSS, Cameron MATHER (captain), Donnie MACFADYEN,_Paul DEARLOVE. Substitutes - Sean LAMONT for Maclure (51 minutes), Roland REID for Dearlove (66), Scott LAWSON for Gunn (69).Tries, Maclure, Pinder, Murray; conversion, Howarth; penalty goal, Howarth; drop goal, Howarth. Cardiff Blues - Donavan van VUUREN;_Nick WALNE, Jamie ROBINSON, Nick MACLEOD, Dean DEWDNEY; Nick ROBINSON, Andrew MOORE; John YAPP, Andrew LEWIS (captain), Kenneth FOURIE, Craig QUINNELL, Andy MOORE, Jim BROWNRIGG, Robin SOWDEN-TAYLOR, Dan BAUGH. Substitutes - Ben EVANS for Fourie (57), FOURIE for Baugh (73), Nathan THOMAS for Andy Moore (77).Try, Macleod; conversion, Nick Robinson; penalty goals, Nick Robinson (2). Red card - Quinnell; yellow cards - Baugh, Evans.Referee - David McHUGH (Ireland).Attendance - 3264.