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'Dempsey and Steyn first names on Glasgow's teamsheet'

Glasgow Warriors fans voice
Glasgow Warriors fans voice

The first game of Glagsow's URC run-in has been scratched off.

A home win over lowly Cardiff: 17-13. It sounds great; it was anything but on Friday night at a rain-soaked and wind-howling Scotstoun.

The Welsh side seemed the more settled team in the dismal conditions. There were numerous errors across the pitch as Glasgow welcomed back a number of players from international rugby. Cardiff knocked over two quick penalties and then a deserved try to lead 13-0 at the break.

A seething Franco Smith must have given his side the hair-dryer treatment at half time, and Glasgow were instantly on the front foot in the second period.

A superb try by Max Williamson got Glasgow back in the contest before Lucio Sordoni's try and Duncan Weir's penalty secured a win for the Warriors.

It was interesting to see the impact of two of Scotland’s most consistent performers return to club rugby. Jack Dempsey and Kyle Steyn are different class at this level, and are undoubtedly the first names on the team sheet.

Rumours continue to circulate that Adam Hastings is returning to Scotstoun, and Kyle Steyn seemed to confirm it after the Cardiff win.

Glasgow lacked the control and play-making abilities of someone like Hastings on Friday and his potential move north can only be a positive for Smith and co.