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Last Updated: Friday, 5 September, 2003, 20:09 GMT 21:09 UK
Glasgow give Cardiff blues
Craig Quinnell sees red at Hughenden
Glasgow (11) 23
Tries: G Maclure, S Pinder, E Murray. Con: C Howarth. Pen: Howarth. DG: Howarth.
Cardiff Blues (6) 13
Try: N Macleod. Con: N Robinson. Pens: N Robinson (2).
Att: 3,264
Glasgow launched their Celtic League campaign in confident style with a convincing triumph over Cardiff Blues at Hughenden.

Indiscipline cost the Welsh side dear as they were reduced to 13 men at the end, but they managed a late rally and denied the home team a bonus point.

Flanker Dan Baugh and replacement prop Ben Evans were both sin-binned, and in the closing moments Welsh international lock Craig Quinnell saw red for stamping.

Fly-half Calvin Howarth top-scored for Glasgow, with a penalty, drop goal and conversion coming from his boot.

Hugh Campbell's side could not have dreamed of a better start to their competitive season as they created a sizzling try after just six minutes.

When two props come out of a scrum throwing punches, how can you only sin-bin one?
Cardiff coach Dai Young
Graeme Morrison and skipper Cammy Mather each tested the Blues defence before winger Gareth Macluire skipped over in the wake of fine work by Rory Kerr.

Howarth was unlucky to see his wide-angled conversion bounce back off the post.

Nicky Robinson replied with a penalty but Howarth snuffed out his effort with an opportunist drop-goal from midfield.

Ben Evans fends off Cameron Mather
Evans was sin binned after punching at a scrum
The kicking duel continued as Howarth slotted a close-range penalty at the other end to again restore the five-point gap.

Glasgow surged back into attack after the restart to snatch a second try.

Alert scrum-half Sam Pinder dashed in to charge down a Don van Vuuren clearance, scooped up the loose ball and plunged over.

Howarth slotted the conversion from wide on the left to open up a 12-point cushion.

Rattled Cardiff mounted a series of raids, but they found the home defence in solid form.

When we had quality possession we looked like stretching Cardiff, the potential is tremendous
Glasgow coach Hugh Campbell
And their plight deepened when prop Euan Murray twisted over at the end of a pack-drive.

Glasgow suffered a dose of the jitters when Cardiff, reduced to 14 with the sin-binning of Baugh, hit back with a Nick Macleod touchdown, converted by Robinson.

But any hopes of a fightback were ended when Evans and Quinnell were sent from the field.

Blues coach Dai Young was disapointed with both the performance of his side and of referee David McHugh.

"When two props come out of a scrum throwing punches, how can you only sin-bin one?" Young asked BBC Wales Sport.

"I was mystified by some of the referee's decisions, but that's not why we lost.

"We were flat and it was a poor game from both sides.

"We weren't patient enough to go through phases - and you can't win with 13 players on the pitch.

"That performance wasn't good enough tonight."

Glasgow: Rory Kerr; Jon Steel, Graeme Morrison, Joe Naufahu, Gareth Maclure; Calvin Howarth, Sam Pinder; Euan Murray, Simon Gunn, Lee Harrison, Andy Hall, Nathan Ross, Cameron Mather (capt), Paul Dearlove, Donnie Macfadyen.
Replacements: Scott Lawson, Andrew Kelly, Joe Beardshaw, Roland Reid, Kenny Sinclair, Alan Bulloch, Sean Lamont.

Cardiff Blues: D van Vuuren; N Walne, J Robinson, N MacLeod, D Dewdney; N Robinson, A Moore; J Yapp, A Lewis (capt), K Fourie, C Quinnell, A Moore, J Brownrigg, R Sowden-Taylor, D Baugh.
Replacements: B Evans, R Price, D McShane, N Thomas, O Rutley, R Jones, L Abdul.

Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)



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