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Lethal Horne sees off Blues

Glasgow Warriors kept up their pursuit of a Guinness Pro12 home play-off semi-final berth with a comfortable 36-17 victory against Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun.

Peter Horne's haul of 24 first-half points, which included a hat-trick of tries, helped league leaders Glasgow open up a 29-3 interval lead, with Gareth Anscombe also scoring.

And that meant Cardiff's second-half improvement, which saw them plunder tries through Gareth Davies and Dan Fish, came far too late as the Welsh side endured a dismal trip to Scotland. Adam Ash scored in the second half for Glasgow.

Cardiff were exposed to a calibre of rugby they have not come across in recent weeks. The roll call of excellence started in the Glasgow front row and ran back through the likes of Al Kellock, a menace at the breakdown, Rob Harley, a maestro of the back row, via the astonishing Horne to an excellent back three.

Cardiff were lucky to be only 26 points down at the half-time interval. Glasgow were more than generous with their squandering of overlaps and try scoring opportunities, Mike Cusack was the first to ignore one inside three minutes, but after a powerful scrum yielded a penalty the prop redeemed himself. Horne kicked the simple three-pointer to hand the Warriors a 3-0 lead inside five minutes.

Cardiff hit back through Gareth Anscombe to draw the sides level but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

Following continuous bombardment of the Blues try-line, Hall found a gap and sneaked home in the corner to put Glasgow back in front, Horne with the conversion.

After that the Warriors passing reached perfect pitch, Peter Murchie and Tommy Seymour combining to send Horne clean through before the centre added another try minutes later, dashing through a gap on the inside shoulder of Ashe to leave the Warriors with a healthy 22-3 lead.

Cardiff's dreadful first-half offering was compounded further when Jarrad Hoeata was yellow-carded for a high tackle on Murchie. While the lock was serving time in the sin bin, Horne added his third try to secure Glasgow's bonus point, cutting inside and scrambling home under the posts.

Horne added the conversion to hand the Warriors their healthy half-time lead.

After the break, the second half was never going to be much more than a training exercise for the Warriors.

Ashe added Glasgow's fifth try, cutting the Blues defence in two with a powerful run from midfield after 45 minutes as the agony for Cardiff went up another notch.

The Blues managed a couple of consolation tries through stand-off Davies and winger Fish in the final quarter but the result was never in doubt.


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