Glasgow 15-26 Cardiff Blues, Magners League, February 11
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 EMEA Ltd
"Wayne Barnes' decision to give Dylan Hartley his marching orders was brave but crucially it was the correct call." Graham Jenkins reports from the Premiership final
"We wanted to get the rugby spirit across to people, I firmly believe we have been in the thick of it." Tom Hamilton speaks to the ESPN crew on the final live broadcast
With the Lions' tour to Australia fast-approaching, ESPN's Austin Healey and Mark Durden-Smith sat down to share their memories of the 2001 trip Down Under
"The fans could not be happier with the opposition and it adds an exciting element to a game that is shaping up as a thriller." Ben Kay previews the Premiership final showdown