Cardiff Blues V Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow Warriors held on for a hard-fought bonus-point win against a Cardiff Blues side who just wouldn't lay down.Naiyaravoro makes a break during the win over Cardiff Blues
Leone Nakarawa, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Ryan Grant and Jonny Gray all crossed for the Warriors, while Finn Russell scored 15 points from the tee at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
The Blues fought bravely with an Evans score and a penalty try, on top of Rhys Patchell's 20 points, keeping them in the game until the final play.
Glasgow welcomed back their Rugby World Cup stars and quickly they were in the thick of the action as Russell's deft kick through gave the visitors an early attacking line-out.
Nakarawa got up well allowing Grayson Hart the chance to bring the back-line into play.
And while a multi-phase attack didn't result in a try, Russell bagged an early penalty on five minutes as referee Marius Mitrea brought play back for an earlier infringement.
Cardiff, playing with the wind in the first half, then responded when Russell's clearance kick from inside his own 22 was caught up by the wind, allowing the hosts to build an attack and earn a penalty.
Patchell made no mistake from right in front of the posts on seven minutes, while he quickly added another penalty five minutes later when the Warriors illegally disruped a driving maul.
Patchell was successful from the tee once more on 19 minutes, this the best of the lot so far as he used the wind to his advantage to nail a penalty from halfway line for a 9-3 lead.
Another five-metre lineout for the Warriors almost resulted in the game's first try but some resolute defending from the Blues saw the ball held up on two occasions.
Cardiff's defence was finally breached however on 25 minutes when Nakarawa launched himself from the back of a ruck to touch the ball down with one hand. Russell was unable to add the extras.
Jonny Gray scores Glasgow's fourth tryThe Blues responded with a try of their own on the half-hour - a great switch pass by Dan Fish caused confusion in the Glasgow defensive line and when the ball was moved back Gavin Evans found space to touch down out wide.
Patchell couldn't add the extras but he gave his side a nine-point lead with another penalty three minutes before the break.
But Glasgow got a crucial score right before half-time through Naiyaravoro - Tommy Seymour breaking the Blues defensive line before Nakawara found the big Australian out wide. Russell then nailed a great kick from the right touchline as the Warriors trailed 17-15 at the break.
It took the visitors just a minute into the second half to edge ahead, Russell with the easiest of penalties for 18-17.
Fish's fantastic run through the centre of Glasgow's defence resulted in a penalty and although the Blues went for the corner it was the visitors who did well to steal the line-out.
Glasgow should have extended their lead when Russell read Lloyd Williams' inside ball and intercepted to run the length of the field.
But he was denied five metres short by a fantastic try-saving tackle by Patchell, who showed an incredible turn of pace to catch his opposite number and quash the attack.
Patchell put the hosts into the lead once again with a penalty just before the hour, Glasgow's Ryan Wilson was sin binned for the infringement to give the Blues a man advantage.
And the fly-half was able to add another three when Nakawara came in at the side minutes later.
Despite being a man down a relentless multi-phase attack from Glasgow eventually saw replacement prop Ryan Grant score on his return from injury, with Russell adding the extras as the lead changed hands once more.
And when captain Gray finished off a fine move to get the bonus-point score, Russell nailing the conversion, you thought that would be that.
The Blues then set up a thrilling finale as Stuart Hogg's was judged to have deliberately knocked on close to his line, which saw the Scotland international going to the bin and the Blues earning a penalty try.
But after failing to find a way through in four minutes of overtime, eventually the visitors turned the ball over and cleared for an important win on the road ahead of next week's European opener away to Racing 92.