Glasgow Let Early Lead Slip

Cardiff Blues 24, Glasgow 19Glasgow had to settle for just a narrow-defeat bonus point from their visit to Cardiff's Arms Park this evening. But for the first half-hour it looked as though it might be all so different.A third successive Celtic League victory seemed on when Glasgow led 10-0 after just six minutes. Calvin Howarth kicked a penalty goal after Rory Lamont had charged up the right touchline, bouncing off three vain tackles, and better was soon to follow when Andrew Wilson galloped in from about 20 metres off Sam Pinder's initial break and Euan Murray's continuing thrust. Howarth added the conversion.Glasgow, however, could not maintain their early promise. They failed to capitalise on the opportunities that either they had created or Cardiff offered. But the decisive plays were the two tries that Cardiff scored in the space of three minutes late in the first half. Those tries by Fereti Tuilagi and Kort Schubert, with Lee Thomas converting the first, turned Glasgow's 13-3 lead into a two-point half-time deficit.As well as defeat, Glasgow came home with an increased injury list. Lamont damaged a hamstring late in the first half, Wilson took a solid blow on the jaw, though no bone damage was apparent, and Kenny Logan had an ankle injury.It was a match riddled with mistakes, with possession lost too often in contact. Cardiff, though, were afflicted as much as Glasgow.Yet soon after Wilson's try Glasgow had the chance to add even more to the lead. Andy Hall hacked loose ball up the right, and Murray pounded up to pressurise the Cardiff retreat. But the prop fell on Craig Quinnell as the lock retrieved the ball on the ground in the home 22, and the penalty let Cardiff off the hook. That was the first of the lost opportunities.Cardiff then came more into the game. Fereti Tuilagi threatened, and Sam Pinder had to pull off a try-saving tackle on Robert Sidoli.Glasgow turned on the pressure again, following a Logan thrust into the home 22. But the subsequent penalty lineout, three five-metre scrums, and Pinder's chargedown of a Craig Morgan clearance in goal produce nothing more than Howarth's second penalty goal.None of Cardiff's obvious chances was more narrowly missed than when Morgan escaped up the right from Nick Macleod's loop. Tiulagi failed to finish off.Lamont injured a leg in helping to prevent a try there. But almost immediately Cardiff struck their double whammy. Scrummage possession was turned over on the Glasgow line, and swift crossfield passes to the left let Tuilagi in. Thomas converted, and from the restart Richard Smith ran fully 50 metres from deep in his own half. The ever-present Robin Sowden-Taylor carried on, and again speedy transfer to the left created the means for Schubert to score. That left Cardiff leading 15-13 at the interval.Even early in the second half the referee insisted that at half-time one of the teams would have to change jerseys at the interval because of the colour clash. The wonder was that he had even allowed them to start the game with shades of lighter blue too close for the eyes" comfort.To their credit, Glasgow had travelled with a spare set of predominately white jerseys. So it was that the visitors changed their shirts, and their reappearance on the field for the second half was greeted with the loudest applause of the night.But the clearer "who's who" picture on the field was not reflected in the play. Neither team could create a try in the second half. Both had their moments. For Glasgow, especially, Scott Lawson was ever busy in the loose, and John Beattie allowed his youthful enthusiasm to flow. But the Glasgow game was summed when, late in the second half, they recycled possession more than 10 times, though achieving nothing until Cardiff turned the ball over in their own 22.Thomas and Howarth traded penalty goals soon after the interval. Their further goals were to be the only scores in the second half - Thomas on the hour, Howarth after 67 minutes, and Thomas finally after 76. The last of those was when Eric Milligan was sin-binned for illegally winning ball on the ground. But as that late in the game it was hardly worth the referee's trouble to dig into his card pocket.For those last few minutes, though, short-handed Glasgow had to dig even deep into their admirable resolve. They may have lacked bite in attack for much of the game, but they were not short in their defensive game - apart from those three minutes late in the first half.Cardiff Blues - Craig Morgan; Dean Dewdney, Shaun James, Lee Thomas, Fereti Tuilagi; Nick Macleod, Richard Smith; John Yapp, Rhys Thomas, Ben Evans, Craig Quinnell (captain), Robert Sidoli, Nathan Budgett, Kort Schubert, Robin Sowden-Taylor. Substitutes - Ryan Powell for Smith (54), Matthew Nuthall for Dewdney (57), Nathan Thomas for Budgett (70), Martin Jones for Evans (70). Replacements not used - Andrew Lewis, Deiniol Jones, Gareth Williams.Tries, Tuilagi, Schubert; conversion, Lee Thomas; penalty goals, Lee Thomas (4).Glasgow - Rory Lamont; Rory Kerr, Andy Craig, Gareth Maclure, Kenny Logan (captain); Calvin Howarth, Sam Pinder; Andrew Kelly, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, John Beattie, Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Colin Shaw for Lamont (34 minutes), Eric Milligan for Kelly (54), John Barclay for Swindall (54), Colin Gregor for Maclure (56), Joe Beardshaw for Wilson (60), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (70), Kelly for Hall (78). Replacement not used - Fergus Thomson.Try, Wilson; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (4).Referee - George Clancy (Ireland).Cardiff Blues 24, Glasgow 19Glasgow had to settle for just a narrow-defeat bonus point from their visit to Cardiff's Arms Park this evening. But for the first half-hour it looked as though it might be all so different.A third successive Celtic League victory seemed on when Glasgow led 10-0 after just six minutes. Calvin Howarth kicked a penalty goal after Rory Lamont had charged up the right touchline, bouncing off three vain tackles, and better was soon to follow when Andrew Wilson galloped in from about 20 metres off Sam Pinder's initial break and Euan Murray's continuing thrust. Howarth added the conversion.Glasgow, however, could not maintain their early promise. They failed to capitalise on the opportunities that either they had created or Cardiff offered. But the decisive plays were the two tries that Cardiff scored in the space of three minutes late in the first half. Those tries by Fereti Tuilagi and Kort Schubert, with Lee Thomas converting the first, turned Glasgow's 13-3 lead into a two-point half-time deficit.As well as defeat, Glasgow came home with an increased injury list. Lamont damaged a hamstring late in the first half, Wilson took a solid blow on the jaw, though no bone damage was apparent, and Kenny Logan had an ankle injury.It was a match riddled with mistakes, with possession lost too often in contact. Cardiff, though, were afflicted as much as Glasgow.Yet soon after Wilson's try Glasgow had the chance to add even more to the lead. Andy Hall hacked loose ball up the right, and Murray pounded up to pressurise the Cardiff retreat. But the prop fell on Craig Quinnell as the lock retrieved the ball on the ground in the home 22, and the penalty let Cardiff off the hook. That was the first of the lost opportunities.Cardiff then came more into the game. Fereti Tuilagi threatened, and Sam Pinder had to pull off a try-saving tackle on Robert Sidoli.Glasgow turned on the pressure again, following a Logan thrust into the home 22. But the subsequent penalty lineout, three five-metre scrums, and Pinder's chargedown of a Craig Morgan clearance in goal produce nothing more than Howarth's second penalty goal.None of Cardiff's obvious chances was more narrowly missed than when Morgan escaped up the right from Nick Macleod's loop. Tiulagi failed to finish off.Lamont injured a leg in helping to prevent a try there. But almost immediately Cardiff struck their double whammy. Scrummage possession was turned over on the Glasgow line, and swift crossfield passes to the left let Tuilagi in. Thomas converted, and from the restart Richard Smith ran fully 50 metres from deep in his own half. The ever-present Robin Sowden-Taylor carried on, and again speedy transfer to the left created the means for Schubert to score. That left Cardiff leading 15-13 at the interval.Even early in the second half the referee insisted that at half-time one of the teams would have to change jerseys at the interval because of the colour clash. The wonder was that he had even allowed them to start the game with shades of lighter blue too close for the eyes" comfort.To their credit, Glasgow had travelled with a spare set of predominately white jerseys. So it was that the visitors changed their shirts, and their reappearance on the field for the second half was greeted with the loudest applause of the night.But the clearer "who's who" picture on the field was not reflected in the play. Neither team could create a try in the second half. Both had their moments. For Glasgow, especially, Scott Lawson was ever busy in the loose, and John Beattie allowed his youthful enthusiasm to flow. But the Glasgow game was summed when, late in the second half, they recycled possession more than 10 times, though achieving nothing until Cardiff turned the ball over in their own 22.Thomas and Howarth traded penalty goals soon after the interval. Their further goals were to be the only scores in the second half - Thomas on the hour, Howarth after 67 minutes, and Thomas finally after 76. The last of those was when Eric Milligan was sin-binned for illegally winning ball on the ground. But as that late in the game it was hardly worth the referee's trouble to dig into his card pocket.For those last few minutes, though, short-handed Glasgow had to dig even deep into their admirable resolve. They may have lacked bite in attack for much of the game, but they were not short in their defensive game - apart from those three minutes late in the first half.Cardiff Blues - Craig Morgan; Dean Dewdney, Shaun James, Lee Thomas, Fereti Tuilagi; Nick Macleod, Richard Smith; John Yapp, Rhys Thomas, Ben Evans, Craig Quinnell (captain), Robert Sidoli, Nathan Budgett, Kort Schubert, Robin Sowden-Taylor. Substitutes - Ryan Powell for Smith (54), Matthew Nuthall for Dewdney (57), Nathan Thomas for Budgett (70), Martin Jones for Evans (70). Replacements not used - Andrew Lewis, Deiniol Jones, Gareth Williams.Tries, Tuilagi, Schubert; conversion, Lee Thomas; penalty goals, Lee Thomas (4).Glasgow - Rory Lamont; Rory Kerr, Andy Craig, Gareth Maclure, Kenny Logan (captain); Calvin Howarth, Sam Pinder; Andrew Kelly, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Andy Hall, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, John Beattie, Andrew Wilson. Substitutes - Colin Shaw for Lamont (34 minutes), Eric Milligan for Kelly (54), John Barclay for Swindall (54), Colin Gregor for Maclure (56), Joe Beardshaw for Wilson (60), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (70), Kelly for Hall (78). Replacement not used - Fergus Thomson.Try, Wilson; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (4).Referee - George Clancy (Ireland).