Brilliant Blues edge Glasgow in Cardiff
December 6, 2013
Rhys Patchell's first-half try set Cardiff on their way © Getty Images
A heroic display from Cardiff Blues helped keep the unpredictable nature of Pool 2 alive as they earned a 29-20 victory over Glasgow Warriors to keep them dreaming of the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.
Every team had won one match in Pool 2 from the opening rounds and Cardiff, who stunned holders Toulon last time out, took the lead of the group overnight to give themselves a genuine chance of qualification. Cardiff had seven first-team players missing through injury but, spurred on by a rocking Arms Park and an indisciplined Glasgow side, came out all guns blazing and soon edged in front with penalties from Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Patchell.
They got the try they deserved after 20 minutes when a patient spell through the phases ended in the arms of Patchell and the fly-half crashed through the smallest of gaps to cross the whitewash. Glasgow came into the game as the half went on and Sean Maitland eventually went over after heavy pressure to leave the Warriors trailing 16-7 at the interval.
It was Glasgow in the ascendancy for much of the second half but Cardiff remained unwavering in their defence, limiting the Warriors to a Duncan Weir penalty to move within six points. But with ten minutes to play the reliable boot of Halfpenny made it a nine-point lead before his Wales team-mate Alex Cuthbert intercepted a loose pass and ran the length of the field to secure a valuable win for Cardiff, though Leon Nakarawa added a late consolation try for the visitors.
Ospreys' Heineken Cup aspirations all but came to an end for another year as they lost 15-9 to French champions Castres at Stade Pierre-Antoine.
After losing both their opening matches in the competition it was he last chance saloon for the Welsh side, who stayed in contention throughout but could not apply a killer touch in a match dominated by kicks. A pair of penalties apiece for Rory Kockott and Dan Biggar left the scores level at 6-6 at the interval with everything to play for.
But the Top 14 holders edged clear in the second period with two more accurate attempts from Kockott, though another Biggar effort seven minutes from time kept the Welsh side in contention. Though Kockott had departed Castres turned to his replacement, Geoffrey Pallis, to knock another kick over three minutes from time to send Ospreys crashing out of the competition.
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