Glasgow Dig Out A Valuable Win

Glasgow 19, Cardiff Blues 14Glasgow dug out a much needed win against Cardiff on a mild spring evening at Hughenden. But it should not have been the second half's defensive moot on which victory was won. Glasgow could have piled up an unassailable mote on their first-half possession.An interval lead of 13-3 was too little to show for their efforts in the previous 40 minutes, almost exclusively played in the Cardiff half of the field. Thereafter it was the Blues who made the running so that it finished up as a nervous victory instead if what it ought to have been.It almost seemed as though Glasgow were trying to do the opposite of what the national team have been doing in their past two matches. Against Wales and England, Scotland have played most of their rugby in the second half whereas Glasgow made the first 40 minutes their own.That, however, was symptomatic of Glasgow's recent results. Their previous win was away back in mid-December. Since then they have lost five matches - three in the Celtic League - and drawn one. Teams going through such a run seem to lose knowledge of how to win. In such circumstances, therefore, Glasgow's victory was all the more creditable.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, was pleased, of course. 'they showed a lot of guts and determination," he remarked, "and that was the sort of team spirit we needed, particularly in view of all the negatively surrounding Scottish rugby at the moment."In its own right it was a notable win. In the context of the Celtic League it was all the more valuable as it edged Glasgow up to eighth rung in the table, a position they have to maintain or improve if they are to qualify for the Celtic Cup next month.Glasgow had a secure platform in the first half. Euan Murray's return made a difference to the scrummage. The head coach readily acknowledged that, and he also commented on how the lineout had worked well. In all respects except the scoreline Glasgow dominated the first half even though Cardiff had no fewer than six Welsh Grand Slam champions back in their team, five in the pack.Glasgow made the greater impact even with only four current caps in the starting line-up - the Lamont brothers, Andy Craig, though out of position on the right wing, and Jon Petrie, leading from open side. The captain had to be switched to the flank only earlier today because Andrew Wilson was ill.In the opening plays Sean and Rory Lamont and Sam Pinder were prominent in taking the game to the opposition. It was fiery rugby by Glasgow, and they were soon rewarded with a Calvin Howarth penalty goal from the 22-metre line.Howarth then missed one from longer range, and when he hacked ahead from loose ball they way seemed to open for Glasgow. But the support over-ran the ball.Ironically, Cardiff scored in their first visit to Glasgow's 22, when after 19 minutes Nick Robinson dropped a goal. He then missed a penalty which would have put Cardiff ahead. But Glasgow finished the half in style. Howarth kicked another penalty goal, and Glasgow then exploited turnover possession just inside their own half for a Sean Lamont try. The wing essayed a long break up the left to finish off with an exchange of passes with Howarth, whose conversion took his points tally in his Glasgow career to exactly 400.That try was a sharp reminder of what Glasgow will miss when the elder Lamont departs to Northampton in the summer. As if as an early farewell gift, the supporters named Sean as the man of the match.But Hugh Campbell was quick to point out that Glasgow are still blessed with the younger Lamont, Rory. 'sean will be a massive loss. I tried hard to keep him," the coach remarked. "But there's another one coming along."Robinson cut Glasgow's lead with a penalty goal in the minute after the interval. He then missed two from 35 metres, but his kick ahead quarter of an hour into the second half was profitable. It forced Rory Lamont into conceding a five-metre scrum, and Cardiff scored from the subsequent lineout, mauling the ball over the line for a Craig Quinnell try. Like Glasgow in the first half, it was the only try Cardiff could make from their 40 minutes of almost domination.Robinson failed with the conversion, and Nick Macleod missed a subsequent penalty. Those squandered 11 points in the second half were to be costly for Cardiff. Glasgow still led 13-11 going into the last quarter, and as if exploding in relief, the home team bulldozed a lineout ball across the halfway line to give Dan Parks the position for a 45-metre penalty goal. Murray must have been the engine in that drive as he earned colleagues" plaudits, and Robert Sidoli was sin-binned for stopping it.Parks kicked another penalty goal before Sidoli returned, but as the Cardiff lock going back on to the field, three minutes into added time, Paul Dearlove was departing to the sin-bin. A Macleod penalty goal then cut Glasgow's lead to five points, but the bonus point was as much as Cardiff were allowed.It was Glasgow's first home match for two months, but still a healthy crowd turned out, close on 4000 supporters. Perhaps their appetite for rugby had been whetted by recent starvation. However, their attendance was statistical proof that Glasgow needs Friday night rugby - and, more important, regular Friday night rugby instead of the uncertainties of fixtures bouncing about on Saturdays and Sundays.Glasgow - Rory Lamont; Andy Craig, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain). Substitutes - John Beattie for Dearlove (8-19 minutes), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (58), Dan Parks for Howarth (64), Andrew Henderson for Barrow (63), Andrew Hall for Turner (77), Gordon Bulloch for Lawson (80), Ben Prescott for Murray (84). Sin-bin - Dearlove (83).Try, Sean Lamont; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (2), Parks (2).Cardiff - Nick Macleod; Dean Dewdney, Tom Shanklin, Tristan Davies, Craig Morgan; Nick Robinson, Ryan Powell; John Yapp, Rhys Thomas, Gethin Jenkins, Craig Quinnell, Robert Sidoli, Robin Sowden-Taylor, Kort Schubert, Martyn Williams (captain). Substitutes - Nathan Budgett for Sowden-Taylor (74), Nathan Thomas for Schubert (77), Ben Evans for Yapp (80). Replacements not used - Gareth Williams, Maama Molitika, Nick Walne, Jonny Vaughton. Sin-bin - Sidoli (73).Try, Quinnell; penalty goals, Robinson, Macleod; drop goal, Robinson.Referee - Alistair McKay (Ireland).Attendance - 3787.Glasgow 19, Cardiff Blues 14Glasgow dug out a much needed win against Cardiff on a mild spring evening at Hughenden. But it should not have been the second half's defensive moot on which victory was won. Glasgow could have piled up an unassailable mote on their first-half possession.An interval lead of 13-3 was too little to show for their efforts in the previous 40 minutes, almost exclusively played in the Cardiff half of the field. Thereafter it was the Blues who made the running so that it finished up as a nervous victory instead if what it ought to have been.It almost seemed as though Glasgow were trying to do the opposite of what the national team have been doing in their past two matches. Against Wales and England, Scotland have played most of their rugby in the second half whereas Glasgow made the first 40 minutes their own.That, however, was symptomatic of Glasgow's recent results. Their previous win was away back in mid-December. Since then they have lost five matches - three in the Celtic League - and drawn one. Teams going through such a run seem to lose knowledge of how to win. In such circumstances, therefore, Glasgow's victory was all the more creditable.Hugh Campbell, Glasgow's head coach, was pleased, of course. 'they showed a lot of guts and determination," he remarked, "and that was the sort of team spirit we needed, particularly in view of all the negatively surrounding Scottish rugby at the moment."In its own right it was a notable win. In the context of the Celtic League it was all the more valuable as it edged Glasgow up to eighth rung in the table, a position they have to maintain or improve if they are to qualify for the Celtic Cup next month.Glasgow had a secure platform in the first half. Euan Murray's return made a difference to the scrummage. The head coach readily acknowledged that, and he also commented on how the lineout had worked well. In all respects except the scoreline Glasgow dominated the first half even though Cardiff had no fewer than six Welsh Grand Slam champions back in their team, five in the pack.Glasgow made the greater impact even with only four current caps in the starting line-up - the Lamont brothers, Andy Craig, though out of position on the right wing, and Jon Petrie, leading from open side. The captain had to be switched to the flank only earlier today because Andrew Wilson was ill.In the opening plays Sean and Rory Lamont and Sam Pinder were prominent in taking the game to the opposition. It was fiery rugby by Glasgow, and they were soon rewarded with a Calvin Howarth penalty goal from the 22-metre line.Howarth then missed one from longer range, and when he hacked ahead from loose ball they way seemed to open for Glasgow. But the support over-ran the ball.Ironically, Cardiff scored in their first visit to Glasgow's 22, when after 19 minutes Nick Robinson dropped a goal. He then missed a penalty which would have put Cardiff ahead. But Glasgow finished the half in style. Howarth kicked another penalty goal, and Glasgow then exploited turnover possession just inside their own half for a Sean Lamont try. The wing essayed a long break up the left to finish off with an exchange of passes with Howarth, whose conversion took his points tally in his Glasgow career to exactly 400.That try was a sharp reminder of what Glasgow will miss when the elder Lamont departs to Northampton in the summer. As if as an early farewell gift, the supporters named Sean as the man of the match.But Hugh Campbell was quick to point out that Glasgow are still blessed with the younger Lamont, Rory. 'sean will be a massive loss. I tried hard to keep him," the coach remarked. "But there's another one coming along."Robinson cut Glasgow's lead with a penalty goal in the minute after the interval. He then missed two from 35 metres, but his kick ahead quarter of an hour into the second half was profitable. It forced Rory Lamont into conceding a five-metre scrum, and Cardiff scored from the subsequent lineout, mauling the ball over the line for a Craig Quinnell try. Like Glasgow in the first half, it was the only try Cardiff could make from their 40 minutes of almost domination.Robinson failed with the conversion, and Nick Macleod missed a subsequent penalty. Those squandered 11 points in the second half were to be costly for Cardiff. Glasgow still led 13-11 going into the last quarter, and as if exploding in relief, the home team bulldozed a lineout ball across the halfway line to give Dan Parks the position for a 45-metre penalty goal. Murray must have been the engine in that drive as he earned colleagues" plaudits, and Robert Sidoli was sin-binned for stopping it.Parks kicked another penalty goal before Sidoli returned, but as the Cardiff lock going back on to the field, three minutes into added time, Paul Dearlove was departing to the sin-bin. A Macleod penalty goal then cut Glasgow's lead to five points, but the bonus point was as much as Cardiff were allowed.It was Glasgow's first home match for two months, but still a healthy crowd turned out, close on 4000 supporters. Perhaps their appetite for rugby had been whetted by recent starvation. However, their attendance was statistical proof that Glasgow needs Friday night rugby - and, more important, regular Friday night rugby instead of the uncertainties of fixtures bouncing about on Saturdays and Sundays.Glasgow - Rory Lamont; Andy Craig, Graeme Morrison, Scott Barrow, Sean Lamont; Calvin Howarth, Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Euan Murray, Joe Beardshaw, Dan Turner, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, Jon Petrie (captain). Substitutes - John Beattie for Dearlove (8-19 minutes), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (58), Dan Parks for Howarth (64), Andrew Henderson for Barrow (63), Andrew Hall for Turner (77), Gordon Bulloch for Lawson (80), Ben Prescott for Murray (84). Sin-bin - Dearlove (83).Try, Sean Lamont; conversion, Howarth; penalty goals, Howarth (2), Parks (2).Cardiff - Nick Macleod; Dean Dewdney, Tom Shanklin, Tristan Davies, Craig Morgan; Nick Robinson, Ryan Powell; John Yapp, Rhys Thomas, Gethin Jenkins, Craig Quinnell, Robert Sidoli, Robin Sowden-Taylor, Kort Schubert, Martyn Williams (captain). Substitutes - Nathan Budgett for Sowden-Taylor (74), Nathan Thomas for Schubert (77), Ben Evans for Yapp (80). Replacements not used - Gareth Williams, Maama Molitika, Nick Walne, Jonny Vaughton. Sin-bin - Sidoli (73).Try, Quinnell; penalty goals, Robinson, Macleod; drop goal, Robinson.Referee - Alistair McKay (Ireland).Attendance - 3787.