Pro12: Cardiff Blues 23-19 Glasgow Warriors
|Cardiff Blues (20) 23|
|Tries: Cuthbert, Lee-Lo Con: Anscombe 2 Pens: Anscombe 2, Shingler|
|Glasgow Warriors (14) 19|
|Tries: Hogg, Horne, Price Cons: Clegg 2|
Steven Shingler's late penalty ensured Cardiff Blues maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they inflicted a first defeat on Glasgow Warriors.
Tries by Alex Cuthbert and Rey Lee-Lo, converted by Gareth Anscombe, gave the home team a six-point half-time lead.
Ali Price's try brought Glasgow to within a point, but they could not turn pressure into points.
Stuart Hogg and Peter Horne had crossed in the first half for Warriors, who picked up a losing bonus point.
The result lifts Blues to second place in the Pro12 table behind Ulster after registering wins in their first three league games for the first time ever.
A first half that lived up to the pre-match billing as the battle of the big attackers was followed by an attritional second period as the Blues withstood a powerful Warriors onslaught.
Rory Clegg's missed conversion after Price's try proved to be costly as Danny Wilson's team held out and then opened a four point lead with Shingler's 76th-minute penalty.
Glasgow reclaimed possession from the restart, but could not clinch the vital fourth try.
But it was the home team, fresh from a thrilling 24-23 win in Munster, who made the early running.
Anscombe's two early penalties were followed by Cuthbert's first touchdown of the season as the home team opened a 13-0 lead.
But a Blues forward pass from the restart gave the visitors their first genuine attacking position and Hogg dashed over after good work by Lee Jones.
Centre Horne then took advantage of slack Blues defence as Warriors turned a 13-point deficit into a one-point lead within 10 minutes.
But the see-saw dipped the other way as Josh Navidi made ground before slipping a sweet pass out of the back of his right hand for Lee-Lo to score a crucial try on the stroke of half-time.
Price benefited from some weak defence for his try, but the Blues gave nothing else away after the break.
Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan; Alex Cuthbert, Cory Allen, Rey Lee-Lo, Tom James; Gareth Anscombe, Lloyd Williams; Gethin Jenkins (capt), Kristian Dacey, Taufa'ao Filise, George Earle, Josh Turnbull, Sam Warburton, Ellis Jenkins, Josh Navidi.
Replacements: Matthew Rees, Rhys Gill, Scott Andrews, Macauley Cook, Nick Williams, Tomos Williams, Steven Shingler, Blaine Scully.
Glasgow Warriors: Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Nick Grigg, Peter Horne, Lee Jones, Rory Clegg, Ali Price, Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown, Zander Fagerson, Tim Swinson, Jonny Gray (captain), Rob Harley, Ryan Wilson, Josh Strauss.
Replacements: Pat MacArthur, Alex Allan, Sila Puafisi, Greg Peterson, Lewis Wynne, Grayson Hart, Mark Bennett, Rory Hughes.
Man of the match: Tom James (Blues)
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)
Assistant referees: Gary Conway (IRFU), Simon Rees (WRU)
Citing commissioner: Chris Morgan (WRU)