Glasgow Sunk By Three Quick Tries

Cardiff 29, Glasgow 19Cardiff sunk Glasgow with three swift tries early in the second half of the Celtic League match at the Arms Park this evening. In less than 15 minutes the visitors" four-point half-time lead was overturned into a 14-29 deficit, and Glasgow could find no way back.It was Cardiff's revenge for a Hughenden defeat on the league's opening day back in September. Since then Glasgow have had only one league victory, and they still lie at the foot of the table.If that position is to improve, if Heineken Cup qualification is to be secured for next season, Glasgow will need to develop more security and consistency in the game.Glasgow played well in patches. Theirs was a gutsy, dogged performance, and to score two first-half tries, both by Alan Bulloch, was proof of what they were capable. But they let themselves down in losing too often losing possession and positions that had been well won. All three of Cardiff's second-half tries could be traced back to looseness in the visitors" play.This evening did not start well for Glasgow. Lee Harrison damaged a hamstring in the warm-up, and Andre Kelly had to step up on an emergency recall.Yet Glasgow started at a fair pace. They took the game to Cardiff almost non-stop for the first 10 minutes. Glenn Metcalfe especially was busy and persistent, as he was to be throughout the contest. Even though he has put his international rugby behind him, he is still an asset to the game.Glasgow's first chance was a penalty that Colin Gregor missed. Then Metcalfe and Jon Petrie created the scope for Graeme Morrison to break through. Here was a threat to excite Glasgow, and when Metcalfe essayed another thrust the door was sprung wide open by Sean Lamont and Petrie for Bulloch to score. Gregor converted.Jonny Vaughton responded with a try in the left corner. Nick Robinson converted and added a penalty goal in 21 minutes. But Glasgow survived the 10 minutes while Andy Hall was in the sin-bin, and back they came with another Bulloch try. This time Lamont and Graeme Beveridge were the main providers, and Gregor kicked the conversion for 14-10 after 32 minutes.Nick Robinson almost snatched the lead back for Cardiff with a kick and chase into the left corner. But the dependable Metcalfe saved, and Glasgow's half-time lead was secured.Only two minutes into the second half, however, loose ball from Glasgow led to another Vaughton try on the left, Nick Robinson converting, and almost immediately Nick Walne would have sneaked in on the right but for Lamont's saving tackle. But another Cardiff was not long delayed. When Cardiff's attempt as a scrummage pushover was thwarted on the left they found space on the right for a Walne try.Nick Robinson missed that conversion attempt, but Glasgow paid the penalty of turnover ball on halfway as the Robinsons finished off with Jamie's scoring pass to Nick for Cardiff's four-try bonus point. Nick kicked that conversion.Glasgow, 15 points down, had to dig in to prevent a disaster, and in the closing minutes were back as they were in the opening phases of the game. Donnie Macfadyen's break could not let Lamont away, and Gregor threatened with a kick and chase up the right touchline. It was not less than Glasgow deserved that, eventually, Petrie's pick-up from a close-range scrummage let Joe Beardshaw in for a try.Cardiff - Donavan van Vuuren; Nick Walne, Jamie Robinson, Matt Allen, Jonny Vaughton; Nick Robinson, Ryan Powell; Kenneth Fourie, Rhys Thomas, Ben Evans, Heino Senekal, Andy Moore (captain), Matt Cockbain, Nathan Thomas, Rob Appleyard. Substitutes - Craig Quinnell for Senekal (2-11 minutes, 31-33), Robin Sowden-Taylor for Appleyard (57), Darren Crompton for Fourie (62), Jim Brownrigg for Andy Moore (63), Andrew Lewis for Rhys Thomas (72), Leon Andrews for Walne (76).Tries, Vaughton (2), Walne, Nick Robinson; conversions, Nick Robinson (3); penalty goal, Nick Robinson.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Sean Lamont; Colin Gregor, Graeme Beveridge; Andrew Kelly, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Roland Reid for Macfadyen (13-16, 20-25, 49-52), Reid for Dearlove (57), Simon Gunn for Lawson (57), Joe Beardshaw for Hall (57), David Millard for Lamont (67), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (72), Matt Proudfoot for Murray (76).Tries, Bulloch (2), Beardshaw; conversions, Gregor (2).Referee - Alistair McKay (Ireland).Cardiff 29, Glasgow 19Cardiff sunk Glasgow with three swift tries early in the second half of the Celtic League match at the Arms Park this evening. In less than 15 minutes the visitors" four-point half-time lead was overturned into a 14-29 deficit, and Glasgow could find no way back.It was Cardiff's revenge for a Hughenden defeat on the league's opening day back in September. Since then Glasgow have had only one league victory, and they still lie at the foot of the table.If that position is to improve, if Heineken Cup qualification is to be secured for next season, Glasgow will need to develop more security and consistency in the game.Glasgow played well in patches. Theirs was a gutsy, dogged performance, and to score two first-half tries, both by Alan Bulloch, was proof of what they were capable. But they let themselves down in losing too often losing possession and positions that had been well won. All three of Cardiff's second-half tries could be traced back to looseness in the visitors" play.This evening did not start well for Glasgow. Lee Harrison damaged a hamstring in the warm-up, and Andre Kelly had to step up on an emergency recall.Yet Glasgow started at a fair pace. They took the game to Cardiff almost non-stop for the first 10 minutes. Glenn Metcalfe especially was busy and persistent, as he was to be throughout the contest. Even though he has put his international rugby behind him, he is still an asset to the game.Glasgow's first chance was a penalty that Colin Gregor missed. Then Metcalfe and Jon Petrie created the scope for Graeme Morrison to break through. Here was a threat to excite Glasgow, and when Metcalfe essayed another thrust the door was sprung wide open by Sean Lamont and Petrie for Bulloch to score. Gregor converted.Jonny Vaughton responded with a try in the left corner. Nick Robinson converted and added a penalty goal in 21 minutes. But Glasgow survived the 10 minutes while Andy Hall was in the sin-bin, and back they came with another Bulloch try. This time Lamont and Graeme Beveridge were the main providers, and Gregor kicked the conversion for 14-10 after 32 minutes.Nick Robinson almost snatched the lead back for Cardiff with a kick and chase into the left corner. But the dependable Metcalfe saved, and Glasgow's half-time lead was secured.Only two minutes into the second half, however, loose ball from Glasgow led to another Vaughton try on the left, Nick Robinson converting, and almost immediately Nick Walne would have sneaked in on the right but for Lamont's saving tackle. But another Cardiff was not long delayed. When Cardiff's attempt as a scrummage pushover was thwarted on the left they found space on the right for a Walne try.Nick Robinson missed that conversion attempt, but Glasgow paid the penalty of turnover ball on halfway as the Robinsons finished off with Jamie's scoring pass to Nick for Cardiff's four-try bonus point. Nick kicked that conversion.Glasgow, 15 points down, had to dig in to prevent a disaster, and in the closing minutes were back as they were in the opening phases of the game. Donnie Macfadyen's break could not let Lamont away, and Gregor threatened with a kick and chase up the right touchline. It was not less than Glasgow deserved that, eventually, Petrie's pick-up from a close-range scrummage let Joe Beardshaw in for a try.Cardiff - Donavan van Vuuren; Nick Walne, Jamie Robinson, Matt Allen, Jonny Vaughton; Nick Robinson, Ryan Powell; Kenneth Fourie, Rhys Thomas, Ben Evans, Heino Senekal, Andy Moore (captain), Matt Cockbain, Nathan Thomas, Rob Appleyard. Substitutes - Craig Quinnell for Senekal (2-11 minutes, 31-33), Robin Sowden-Taylor for Appleyard (57), Darren Crompton for Fourie (62), Jim Brownrigg for Andy Moore (63), Andrew Lewis for Rhys Thomas (72), Leon Andrews for Walne (76).Tries, Vaughton (2), Walne, Nick Robinson; conversions, Nick Robinson (3); penalty goal, Nick Robinson.Glasgow - Glenn Metcalfe; Rory Kerr, Graeme Morrison, Alan Bulloch, Sean Lamont; Colin Gregor, Graeme Beveridge; Andrew Kelly, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain), Donnie Macfadyen. Substitutes - Roland Reid for Macfadyen (13-16, 20-25, 49-52), Reid for Dearlove (57), Simon Gunn for Lawson (57), Joe Beardshaw for Hall (57), David Millard for Lamont (67), Sam Pinder for Beveridge (72), Matt Proudfoot for Murray (76).Tries, Bulloch (2), Beardshaw; conversions, Gregor (2).Referee - Alistair McKay (Ireland).