Glasgow get the job done against Cardiff

Date published: March 6 2016

Glasgow Warriors consolidated their position on the PRO12 table when they beat Cardiff Blues 27-20 at Scotstoun on Sunday.

Cardiff Blues earned a very late losing bonus point through a Macauley Cook and Duncan Weir kicked eight first half points for Glasgow. The Warriors also scored two first half tries through loosehead prop Gordon Reid and lock Tim Swinson to give the Scottish side a 20-0 half-time lead. 

Glasgow scored their third try through replacement Simone Favaro. Cardiff restored some pride with three tries from Dan Fish,Ellis Jenkins and Cook, with Rhys Patchell kicking five points. 

The home side were quick out of the blocks and opened the scoring on six minutes courtesy of a Weir penalty. Their first try was soon to follow. 

After a break through the middle by Warriors hooker Fraser Brown, the ball found its way to Reid who powered over from close range. 

Glasgow thought they'd dotted down for a second when Mark Bennett, fresh back from international duty crossed the line. However, his effort was disallowed for a knock on. 

Weir added another penalty to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The home side grabbed their second try just before half time when Swinson crashed over after a period of sustained pressure on the Cardiff line. 

After a fairly slow start to the second half, Cardiff finally opened their account with a penalty from Patchell. 

The Blues scored their first try with ten minutes to go as Glasgow took their foot off the gas. Fish chased down his own kick to touch the ball down in the corner. 

Things took a turn for the worse for Cardiff from kick off when Aled Summerhill was shown yellow for taking out the man in the air. The Warriors were quick to react and scored their third try a few minutes later when Favaro crossed the line after a powerful driving maul. 

Cardiff scored a consolation try in the final minute from openside flanker Jenkins who powered over through a tired Glasgow defence. As the away side went in search of a losing bonus point, Glasgow's Scott Cummings was given a yellow card for killing the ball on the floor. 

In the fifth minute of overtime, Cardiff got their bonus point. An overlap on the outside left space for Cook to cross.

The scorers:

For Glasgow:
Reid, Swinson, Favaro
Cons: Weir 3
Pens: Weir 2
Yellow card: Cummings

For Cardiff Blues:
Tries: Fish, Jenkins, Cook
Con: Patchell
Pen: Patchell
Yellow card: Summerhill

Glasgow: 15 Peter Munchie, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Henry Pyrgos (c), 8 Leone Nakarawa, 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Greg Peterson, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 James Malcolm, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Scott Cummings, 20 Simone Favart, 21 Mike Blair, 22 Sam Johnson, 23 Glenn Bryce

Blues: 15 Rhys Patchell, 14 Blaine Scully, 13 Aled Summerhill, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Dan Fish, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Manoa Vosawai, 7 Ellis Jenkins, 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 James Down, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Matthew Rees (c), 1 Thomas Davies
Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Taufa'ao Filise, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Josh Navidi, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Garyn Smith, 23 Harri Millard

Referee: Dudley Phillips (IRFU)
Assistant Referees: Lloyd Linton, Dunx McClement (both SRU)
TMO: Iain Ramage (SRU)