Glasgow Slip After Good Start

Glasgow Warriors 23, Cardiff Blues 28A week is a long time in politics. Or so it is said because so much can change in seven days. So it is, too, in rugby. At least it has been for Glasgow.Last week the defensive game was solid, the ball-in-hand game was confident. This evening the midfield was porous, the handling play was less than secure. Those were the essential differences between victory against Munster and Celtic League defeat by Cardiff.Yet Glasgow started well with 10 points in 16 minutes. John Barclay, the birthday boy 19 today, sparked it off with a run from an interception to set up position for a Dan Parks penalty goal, and another thrust by the youngster prompted a Sam Pinder break to the left inside the Cardiff twenty-two. The scrum halfa?'s switch pass sent Calvin Howarth through for a try that Parks converted.But two minutes later Nicky Robinson sliced through too easily from the Glasgow 10-metre line to run on for a try at the posts, and seven minutes later Robin Sowden-Taylor followed the stand-offa?'s cutting example for a long run into the twenty-two. Though the flanker was denied, Cardiff worked the ball right for Craig Morgan to score. Nick Robinson converted both tries, the second from well out on the right.Sowden-Taylor thrust had originated off a blatantly forward pass by Ryan Powell. If that was bad luck for Glasgow it was offset by good fortune when Robinson missed three penalties and a drop kick at goal in the 10 minutes spanning the interval. In that same phase, two minutes into first-half added time, Parks also failed with a penalty attempt.Cardiff led 14-10 at half-time, and six minutes into the second half they went further ahead when Lee Thomas made the first of Maama Molitikaa?'s two tries. Nicky Robinson converted from in front of the posts, but Glasgowa?'s response was immediate. Howartha?'s thrust on the right set up position for swiftly rucked ball and a speedy switch to the left for Mike Roberts to run in his third try in four league games for Glasgow. The Cardiff lead was down to six points, but the Parks conversion attempt rebounded off a post.Thomas was wide with a penalty kick from five metres inside his own half. It was an attempt to push Glasgow away from a bonus point, and Molitika achieved that with his second try, penalising Glasgow for failing in ball-retention as they tried to work the ball away from their own twenty-two.Thomas added the conversion, and Cardiff were up to 28-15 in 56 minutes. But Glasgow were back in the hunt when Rory Lamont went over 10 minutes later as Glasgow spread the ball wide to the right a?" the third successive match in which the international wing has scored a try. Parks missed the conversion from tight on the touchline, and Glasgow, down 20-28, were still not close enough for a bonus point.Howarth struck a post with a penalty attempt from 43 metres to cut the margin, and it was agonising close to the end, two minutes into added time, before he salvaged that fallback objective from shorter range.Glasgow Warriors a?" Calvin Howarth; Rory Lamont, Andy Craig, Scott Barrow, Mike Roberts; Dan Parks (captain), Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Tim Barker, Craig Hamilton, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, John Barclay. Substitutes a?" Dan Turner for Hamilton (54 minutes), Gregor Hayter for Dearlove (54), Graeme Morrison for Craig (54), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (71), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (77), Hefin Oa?"Hare for Roberts (82). Replacement not used a?" Stuart Corsar.Tries, Howarth, Roberts, Lamont; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks, Howarth.Cardiff Blues - Rhys Williams (captain); Chris Czekaj, Jamie Robinson, Lee Thomas, Craig Morgan; Nicky Robinson, Ryan Powell; John Yapp, Gareth Williams, Ben Evans, Deiniol Jones, Robert Sidoli, Maama Molitika, Andy Powell, Robin Sowden-Taylor. Substitutes a?" Rhys Thomas for Williams (21), Mathew Nuthall for Morgan (66), Craig Quinnell for Jones (66), Jamie Roberts for Jamie Robinson (74), Nathan Llewellyn for Rhys Thomas (82). Substitutes not used a?" Mark Lewis, Mike Phillips.Tries, Molitika (2), Nicky Robinson, Morgan; conversions, Nicky Robinson (3), Lee Thomas.Referee a?" Donal Courtney (Ireland).Attendance a?" 1404.Glasgow Warriors 23, Cardiff Blues 28A week is a long time in politics. Or so it is said because so much can change in seven days. So it is, too, in rugby. At least it has been for Glasgow.Last week the defensive game was solid, the ball-in-hand game was confident. This evening the midfield was porous, the handling play was less than secure. Those were the essential differences between victory against Munster and Celtic League defeat by Cardiff.Yet Glasgow started well with 10 points in 16 minutes. John Barclay, the birthday boy 19 today, sparked it off with a run from an interception to set up position for a Dan Parks penalty goal, and another thrust by the youngster prompted a Sam Pinder break to the left inside the Cardiff twenty-two. The scrum halfa?'s switch pass sent Calvin Howarth through for a try that Parks converted.But two minutes later Nicky Robinson sliced through too easily from the Glasgow 10-metre line to run on for a try at the posts, and seven minutes later Robin Sowden-Taylor followed the stand-offa?'s cutting example for a long run into the twenty-two. Though the flanker was denied, Cardiff worked the ball right for Craig Morgan to score. Nick Robinson converted both tries, the second from well out on the right.Sowden-Taylor thrust had originated off a blatantly forward pass by Ryan Powell. If that was bad luck for Glasgow it was offset by good fortune when Robinson missed three penalties and a drop kick at goal in the 10 minutes spanning the interval. In that same phase, two minutes into first-half added time, Parks also failed with a penalty attempt.Cardiff led 14-10 at half-time, and six minutes into the second half they went further ahead when Lee Thomas made the first of Maama Molitikaa?'s two tries. Nicky Robinson converted from in front of the posts, but Glasgowa?'s response was immediate. Howartha?'s thrust on the right set up position for swiftly rucked ball and a speedy switch to the left for Mike Roberts to run in his third try in four league games for Glasgow. The Cardiff lead was down to six points, but the Parks conversion attempt rebounded off a post.Thomas was wide with a penalty kick from five metres inside his own half. It was an attempt to push Glasgow away from a bonus point, and Molitika achieved that with his second try, penalising Glasgow for failing in ball-retention as they tried to work the ball away from their own twenty-two.Thomas added the conversion, and Cardiff were up to 28-15 in 56 minutes. But Glasgow were back in the hunt when Rory Lamont went over 10 minutes later as Glasgow spread the ball wide to the right a?" the third successive match in which the international wing has scored a try. Parks missed the conversion from tight on the touchline, and Glasgow, down 20-28, were still not close enough for a bonus point.Howarth struck a post with a penalty attempt from 43 metres to cut the margin, and it was agonising close to the end, two minutes into added time, before he salvaged that fallback objective from shorter range.Glasgow Warriors a?" Calvin Howarth; Rory Lamont, Andy Craig, Scott Barrow, Mike Roberts; Dan Parks (captain), Sam Pinder; Kevin Tkachuk, Scott Lawson, Lee Harrison, Tim Barker, Craig Hamilton, Steve Swindall, Paul Dearlove, John Barclay. Substitutes a?" Dan Turner for Hamilton (54 minutes), Gregor Hayter for Dearlove (54), Graeme Morrison for Craig (54), Graeme Beveridge for Pinder (71), Fergus Thomson for Lawson (77), Hefin Oa?"Hare for Roberts (82). Replacement not used a?" Stuart Corsar.Tries, Howarth, Roberts, Lamont; conversion, Parks; penalty goals, Parks, Howarth.Cardiff Blues - Rhys Williams (captain); Chris Czekaj, Jamie Robinson, Lee Thomas, Craig Morgan; Nicky Robinson, Ryan Powell; John Yapp, Gareth Williams, Ben Evans, Deiniol Jones, Robert Sidoli, Maama Molitika, Andy Powell, Robin Sowden-Taylor. Substitutes a?" Rhys Thomas for Williams (21), Mathew Nuthall for Morgan (66), Craig Quinnell for Jones (66), Jamie Roberts for Jamie Robinson (74), Nathan Llewellyn for Rhys Thomas (82). Substitutes not used a?" Mark Lewis, Mike Phillips.Tries, Molitika (2), Nicky Robinson, Morgan; conversions, Nicky Robinson (3), Lee Thomas.Referee a?" Donal Courtney (Ireland).Attendance a?" 1404.