Shingler fires wide as Blues crash to another defeat
A LATE penalty from Finn Russell condemned Blues to a third consecutive defeat.
Despite the loss it was an improved performance by Cardiff but the visitors deserved their success as they were always the more inventive side.
Glasgow would have won more comfortably but for elementary errors and ill-discipline. However with Russell pulling the strings and Lee Jones and Nick Grigg both running strongly, Blues’ defence was always under threat.
The home side did their best to keep their opponents in check with Josh Navidi and Josh Turnbull leading a heroic effort, but apart from a sparkling try from Tom James, they lacked the invention of the Scots and were clearly second best in terms of territory and possession in the second half.
Glasgow dominated the early stages but, on their first excursion into the opposition half, Blues took the lead. The Scots lost a lineout and following Navidi’s powerful drive the ball was recycled and James skated through.
Steven Shingler was on target with the conversion and minutes later extended the Blues’ lead with a penalty. A three-pointer from Russell put Glasgow on the scoreboard but the
visitors were their own worst enemies in the first half hour as they tried to be too intricate, resulting in numerous mistakes when up against some resolute tackling from Blues.
Shingler’s second penal- ty put Blues further in front before Glasgow’s enterprise was eventually reward when a flowing movement was finished off by Henry Pyrgos for a splendid try.
Soon after they should have had another. From inside his own 22, Grigg evaded Shingler’s tackle to run 60 metres but his teammates lacked the accuracy to finish off his burst.
Early in the second half, another careless error from the Scots gifted Shin- another three points, but from the restart Glasgow took the lead.
Russell expertly collected a clearance kick by jumping ahead of Alex Cuthbert to send Lee Jones on a 25m run to the line. The visitors’ lead was short-lived as Shingler knocked over a penalty.
Glasgow had much the better of territory and possession in the third quarter but the concession of regular penalties stopped them taking advantage and they were still behind 19-17 with 20 minutes remaining.
The only score of the final quarter was Russell’s decisive penalty but Shingler missed a great chance to win the game when his 40m penalty sailed wide with 90 seconds remaining.
Blues, head coach, Danny Wilson, said: “It is a bitter pill to swallow but it was a huge step in the right direction. We were close to a win against a very good side but we forced them to make errors and our setpiece was very good.”