Cardiff Blues v Glasgow Warriors

Niko Matawalu's brace of tries spearheaded a hard fought GUINNESS PRO12 win for Glasgow Warriors at Cardiff Blues.

Four penalties from Rhys Patchell had dragged Blues to within a point of Glasgow, who had led 13-6 at half-time thanks to Sean Lamont's try.

Replacement Matawalu intercepted to go over in the corner before the Fijian scrum-half added a second score.

Duncan Weir converted both tries and added two penalties, with Henry Pyrgos also kicking eight points.

Glasgow had begun their campaign last week by beating reigning champions Leinster 22-20 and last year's beaten finalists picked up another four points in Wales today.

New Zealand international lock Jarrad Hoeata made his Blues debut, while prop Scott Andrews came off the bench to make his 100th Blues appearance.

After a minute's silence to honour former Cardiff chairman Tony Williams, who died recently, the Welsh region took an early lead through fly-half Patchell.

Patchell and Glasgow scrum-half Pyrgos exchanged penalties to leave the score 6-6 before Blues centre Cory Allen was stripped in a tackle and Lamont raced 50 yards to the corner, Pyrgos converting to give the visitors a 13-6 lead at the break.

With an Adam Jones-led home scrum wrecking the Warriors' set piece, Blues were able to create kickable chances for Patchell who added two more penalties to bring them within a point at 12-13 down.

But Matawalu came off the bench and was alert to pick off a Blues pass and dive in at the right corner flag, then was in support of DTH van der Mere, who created the try with a fantastic run down the left win.

Weir, who had also hit two penalties, converted to seal victory for Glasgow.

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)

Assistant referees: Wayne Davies, Jon Mason (both Wales)

TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales

live commentary 4:00 PM Sunday 14 Sep 2014

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