A hat-trick but still ending up on the losing side

Paul Eddison
01 August 2019

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Glasgow Warriors and Cardiff Blues might no longer be conference rivals but after playing out a thriller last year, their meeting in round three of the Guinness PRO14 has all the makings of another classic.

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Last February, Aled Summerhill scored a hat-trick and still ended up on the losing side as the Warriors edged to a 38-34 success at the Cardiff Arms Park.

Both teams managed five tries, with John Mulvihill’s outfit having to settle for two losing bonus points in the end from the encounter.

The Blues winger went over twice in the first half, but his side trailed 24-14 as Nick Grigg, Ali Price and Peter Horne all crossed for the Warriors.

Owen Lane’s try right at the start of the second half had then sparked hopes of a Blues comeback, only for Nick Frisby and David Tameilau to score two tries in as many minutes for the visitors.

That looked to have wrapped up the victory for the Warriors, but Summerhill was not done yet, completing his hat-trick by running onto a kick from the impressive Jarrod Evans with nine minutes to go.

And three minutes from time, Garyn Smith got in on the act as the Blues almost pulled off a stunning comeback.

They could not quite complete the job but showed plenty of reason for optimism when the two teams next meet in October.

That meeting will be before the World Cup contingent return, perhaps offering the likes of Summerhill, Smith and potentially Evans a chance at revenge.

 

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