Parks Piles on Misery on Bad Night for Blues

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Parks Piles on Misery on Bad Night for Blues


Byline: By Phil Cadden

The blues failed to extend their lead at the top of the Magners League after crashing 17-5 to Glasgow Warriors, writes Phil Cadden.

Dai Young's men are on the hunt for honours, both at home and in Europe, but failed to deliver against an adventurous Scottish outfit.

Dan Parks kicked all 17 points to cancel out Rhys Williams' first-half try on a poor night for the Blues.

Blues coach Young called for his men to produce a much-improved performance following the bore draw at Harlequins last weekend, but they struggled to find any rhythm or momentum throughout the 80 minutes.

Young made 10 changes with five players on international duty with Wales, but included seasoned campaigners Martyn Williams and Gareth Thomas, who normally would have been preparing themselves to run out at the Millennium Stadium today.

The pair had to perform in front of a paltry 1,638 crowd on a bitterly cold night in Scotland's largest city.

And, just as 100-cap Thomas was adjusting to life outside of Test arena, his inside pass on eight minutes was intercepted by Scotland international Parks, who sprinted home from 60 metres to open the scoring.

The Blues lost the corresponding fixture last season, but had started the match brightly when wing Williams produced the first line-break of the game.

But Sean Lineen's side, who are unbeaten at home this season, were certainly buoyed by fly-half Parks' early try and should have doubled their advantage on 16 minutes, only for flanker John Barclay to throw a forward pass with the try-line at the Warriors' mercy.

The hosts continued to pile on the pressure just three minutes later when Thom Evans' subtle kick forced Blues full-back Ben Blair to run the ball into touch just short of his own line.

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