Glasgow Warriors 52-24 Cardiff Rugby: Welsh team thrashed as hosts hit form
Cardiff's away day misery continued as they fell to defeat against opponents who had lost their previous five United Rugby Championship matches. Inspired by the debut-making Taulupe Faletau, the Welsh side had impressed when defeating Munster in the opening round of matches. But they couldn't back it up when they visited Scotstoun, falling to a defeat that extends a winless run on the road in the URC outside Wales which stretches back to March 2021.
It was their misfortune that Glasgow remembered how to win. Indeed, they took Cardiff apart, running in eight tries and exposing the Welsh team's weak defence on the night. Read more: Ospreys star addresses his 14-month Wales wilderness and explains why he won't be ringing Wayne Pivac about it
Josh Adams, Kristian Dacey and Liam Belcher crossed for the visitors, but it's an understatement to say this was a disappointing effort after the strong display against Munster six days earlier. Back to earth with a bump, then. Cardiff were unrecognisable from the side that had opened the campaign so encouragingly.
They were shy on physicality and unable to handle Sione Tuipulotou's strong running in midfield. For Glasgow, Fraser Brown scored twice and there was a try apiece for Cole Forbes, Matt Fagerson, George Horne, Zander Fagerson, Thomas Gordon and Stafford McDowall. Adams had his moments for the Welsh team but it really wasn't a night for positives for Dai Young's side.
Glasgow may have been beaten heavily in Italy by Benetton in round one but they started well here, putting together countless phases of possession and applying pressure that was only relieved from a Cardiff perspective when scrum-half Horne knocked on. Play was held up for several minutes because of an injury to Glasgow back rower Rory Darge, who had to leave the field. When it resumed, Cardiff scored an outstanding try, stemming from an initial line bust from centre Max Llewellyn.
The 6ft 5in No.
12 picked a superb angle to charge through, with the visitors then working the ball to Jarrod Evans, whose looped pass was collected at shin height by Adams, who crossed for the score. Welsh joy didn't last for long, with the game changing after Thomas Young had been yellow carded for a ruck offence. There followed three quickfire tries.
First, hooker Brown went over from a maul, then full-back Forbes crossed after a flowing attack from deep, driven by a strong carry by the excellent Tuipuloto. Before Cardiff had time to fashion a response, Matt Fagerson forced his way over from close range. Glasgow could count themselves fortunate not to have had a man sent off when fly-half Tom Jordan connected to the head of Adams with a shoulder, the referee finding mitigating factors.
Rubbing salt in, busy scrum-half Horne touched down just before half-time. Cardiff came out fighting for the second half, scoring a try through Dacey, with the hooker stretching out an arm to complete the score, but Glasgow were having none of it, with Zander Fagerson and Brown replying with five pointers. Gordon then went over before centre McDowall charged down a kick from Rhys Priestland to rub salt in.
Separating those tries was Belcher's score. It was scant consolation. SCORERS
Glasgow Warriors Tries: F. Brown (2), C.
Forbes, M. Fagerson, G. Horne, Z.
Fagerson, T. Gordon and S. McDowall.
Cons: G. Horne (6) Cardiff Rugby
Tries: J. Adams, K. Dacey, L.
Belcher. Cons: J. Evans (2), R.
Priestland. Pen: J. Evans.