Sweeney boots Blues to victory
February 11, 2011
Glasgow's Alastair Muldowney is tackled by the Blues' Paul Tito and Ma'ama Molitika
© PA Photos
A superb kicking display from fly-half Ceri Sweeney propelled Cardiff Blues to a 26-15 victory over Glasgow in their Magners League clash at the Firhill Arena.
An early try from winger Tom James plus seven penalties from Sweeney's boot gave the Blues the edge in a see-saw battle. Glasgow stand-off Duncan Weir put in a good performance on his return from a shoulder injury, but his five penalties proved in vain. The Blues climb above Scarlets into the top three, although will drop down again if their rivals beat Connacht tomorrow.
Glasgow made a promising start when a penalty was awarded to them at the first scrum with Weir making the most of the opportunity. But Johnnie Beattie then made a mess of the restart kick, allowing Cardiff to attack off the scrum and win a penalty of their own which Sweeney converted to level the scores after six minutes.
And Cardiff took the lead after 16 minutes with a try scored in dramatic fashion. As Glasgow mounted a prolonged attack, a strong Cardiff tackle dislodged the ball from the arms of home scrum-half Colin Gregor straight into those of winger James, who hared over 70 metres for the unconverted try that put the visitors into an 8-3 lead.
Glasgow dug in and regained the lead with a couple of penalties from Weir, the second from the centre circle. Sweeney's second penalty after 34 minutes put Cardiff ahead once more but Weir's third penalty, after the Cardiff scrum were again penalised, ensured Glasgow went in at half-time with a 12-11 lead.
The third quarter saw no fewer than five penalties successfully converted, with Sweeney kicking first and Weir cancelling that out at the other end of the pitch. The match began to swing in Cardiff's favour, however, when referee Dudley Philips found fault with Glasgow on the deck allowing Sweeney to add three more penalties and hand the Blues a 23-15 lead while Rob Harley was sent to the sin bin for the home side.
Sweeney then rounded off the result with another accurate conversion five minutes from the end.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Huw Richards profiles French forward Walter Spanghero, a man who even rugby's hard men thought was a tough nut
"To be part of the Commonwealth Games, I'd wear anything. I'd wear a clown suit." Tom Hamilton talks to Scotland's Sean Lamont
Scrum Sevens looks back at how rugby has fared in both the early Olympics and the past four Commonwealth Games
"Cheika's been phenomenal. He gives you an incredible level of mental strength." Tom Hamilton talks to Waratahs star Jacques Potgieter