Glasgow Warriors 7 Cardiff Blues 30
Magners League leaders Glasgow Warriors endured a night to forget at Firhill as they were taught a lesson in how to win away from home.
International calls and injuries affected Glasgow coming into tonight’s clash with Cardiff Blues, and although the visitors were hit as well they lined up the more experienced outfit and it showed.
Cardiff were clinical and sometimes cynical, from the moment Maama Molitika clipped Ruaridh Jackson late in the opening minutes.
Whether that affected the Glasgow stand-off is debatable, but he missed three kickable penalties and the chance to give Glasgow the lead on two occasions.
Ben Blair was the opposite, the Cardiff full-back nailing three penalties out of three after 12, 16 and 34 minutes, all in spells when Cardiff upped the pace and put pressure on a shaky Glasgow defence.
James Eddie, Richie Vernon and Richie Gray had lone forays for Glasgow but they could not match the solid play of the Cardiff pack, with Xavier Rush in control in the contact area and Ceri Sweeney pulling the strings at number 10.
And although Paul Tito and Casey Laulala were held just short, Cardiff used the field position for Blair to slot the penalties which gave Cardiff a deserved 9-0 half time lead.
Having softened Glasgow up, Cardiff cranked up their game further and two minutes into the second half Gareth Cooper sniped through a gap in the home defence for the first try, converted by Blair.
There was no way back for Glasgow who were hard pushed to create an attack worthy of the name.
Laulala had been a threat to the Glasgow midfield for the opening 55 minutes, and then got his reward with a try when Glasgow were unable to retain their own scrum ball.
With the ball switched to the left, the Cardiff centre stretched over to score with ease.
Blair again converted and the score which epitomised the difference between the sides arrived on the hour mark.
With nothing seemingly on and a raft of defenders in front of him, Cardiff wing Tom James burst through four tackles on his way to the line and went clear for a try with an embarrassing number of Warriors players in his wake.
Blair added the extras, and Cardiff kept play in the Glasgow red zone as they pushed for the bonus point with the hosts forced into desperate defence.
The final try of the night went to the home side though, Max Evans crossing for Colin Gregor to convert with the final kick of a game Glasgow will want to forget.