Cardiff Blues preparations for the Heineken Cup suffered a setback with a disappointing defeat to Glasgow Warriors.
The fact the Scottish side secured a win without having to play particularly well will irk Blues head coach David Young. Basic errors and an inability to use the elements to their advantage proved the home side’s downfall.
Warriors fly half Dan Parks used his boot to good effect, constantly changing the point of attack with his trusty right boot. While his radar at goal may have been off beam, his artistry with the boot proved a major thorn in the Blues side.
Every time the Blues looked like they were putting something together, the ball would slip from a player’s grasp or a knock-on would ensue.
Parks put the visitors in front with his first penalty, but the Blues looked more likely with the ball in hand, with wing Richard Mustoe and No8 Andy Powell showing up well.
Parks doubled the lead with another easy kick from in front of the posts before producing a pin point punt ahead for speeding wing Thom Evans to touch down before sliding into the advertising hoardings.
Parks added another penalty before a Blues move which broke down gifted the Warriors their second try of the match. Evans hacked upfield after the Blues dropped the ball in midfield. He scooped up the ball and off loaded to supporting No8 John Beattie who raced under the posts to provide Parks with a simple conversion.
Sam Warburton scored a late try for the Blues but it was too late to prevent the Warriors from earning their first victory on Cardiff soil.