Glasgow Warriors v Cardiff Blues
Glasgow Warriors made a dream start to their RaboDirect PRO12 league campaign, defeating Cardiff Blues 22-15 in front of a noisy home support.
In a battle of the boots, Tommy Seymour’s try proved to be the difference in what was an intriguing match.
Amanda MacLeod whetted the appetite of the Warrior Nation pre-match with a stirring rendition of ‘I Belong to Glasgow’.
The atmosphere was heated up further when British Lions, Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland and Ryan Grant presented the match ball.
The crowd allowed Glasgow to be in the ascendency early on with Scott Wight putting Glasgow in front with a penalty.
The Warriors weren’t ahead for long though with Rhys Patchell levelling the scores moments later.
The Blues were in the mood and found themselves in front after nine minutes with another Patchell penalty.
Glasgow were defiant though and didn’t allow Cardiff to gain any momentum with Mark Bennett hammering home a monstrous kick after 12 minutes.
Despite being more than 50 metres away from the posts, the 20-year-old showed great composure to draw the home side level.
After 19 minutes, Gregor Townsend had injury concerns with captain, Al Kellock having to be stretchered off with a leg injury.
Byron McGuigan also had to leave the field of play with Tommy Seymour replacing him.
Cardiff Blues proved to be a physical, well drilled side but indiscipline cost them with Owen Williams being sent to the sin bin for a deliberate trip.
Scott Wight then punished the Blues making the score 9-6 with another penalty.
With the half drawing to a close, the battle of boots continued with Mark Bennett stepping up on the stroke of half time and increasing the Warriors lead to 12-6.
In the second half, the Blues came out with the grit between their teeth and through Rhys Patchell, they were within three points of Glasgow’s points total.
After missing another penalty, Patchell eventually did level the scores 12-12 after 55 minutes.
With the Warriors on the back foot, Townsend made two substitutions with Yanuyanutawa and Kalman coming off for Reid and Low.
The replacements didn’t make an immediate impact though with Patchell putting Cardiff into the lead with a drop goal.
However, Glasgow showed their strength of character with Tommy Seymour scoring a sublime try following a lung busting run.
Substitute, Ruaridh Jackson then converted the try putting Glasgow Warriors into a 19-15 lead after 72 minutes.
With Cardiff pushing desperately for a last gasp try, their attempts were hampered when Macauley Cook was sent to the sin bin.
This didn’t affect the travelling side though as they touched the ball down for what they thought was a try but the Warriors were spared when the TMO showed that the ball had been held up by the excellent Warriors defence.
The home side desperately hung on when Richie Vernon was sent to the sin bin for not retreating 10 metres.
As the final whistle blew, Scotstoun erupted, celebrating Glasgow's perfect start to the new campaign