Blues run riot against Treviso

Date published: March 25 2016

Cardiff Blues climbed up to seventh place in the PRO12 standings as they saw off Treviso on Friday, winning 56-8 at Cardiff Arms Park.

Tries from Ellis Jenkins and Josh Navidi, bolstered by a Gareth Anscombe penalty, handed Cardiff Blues an early lead.

Treviso were only able to reply in the form of a Jayden Hayward penalty making it 17-3 going into half-time.

Rey Lee-Lo and Kristian Dacey combined in the second-half to earn the Blues a bonus point before Marco Lazzaroni managed to give the travelling fans something to cheer about with a try.

But it did little to quell a rampant Cardiff Blues outfit as Manoa Vosawai, Tom James, Dan Fish, and Rhys Patchell all ran in tries to secure an important win at the Arms Park.

The form book certainly made good reading for the Blues going into this match, having only ever lost once at home to an Italian opponent, 25-30 to Zebre in September 2013.

Ten minutes in Jenkins bagged the first try of the match when he peeled off the back of a Cardiff maul. Anscombe added the finishing touches with the conversion to make it 7-0.

Treviso made it 7-3 when the Blues were pinged at the scrum for not binding. But Anscombe quickly regained Cardiff's seven point lead after Treviso conceded a penalty for not releasing.

Navidi bounced his way through for Cardiff's second and Anscombe made it three from three to give the Blues a commanding 17-3 lead going into half-time.

Lee-Lo stepped his way through for a magnificent solo effort just two minutes into the second half. And Anscombe continued his form with the conversion to make it 22-3.

Dacey bundled his way over for the bonus point try 54 minutes in but Anscombe missed with the conversion.

Lazzaroni nabbed Treviso's first try of the match with 20 minutes left on the clock, Hayward nudged his conversion attempt just wide. 

Anscombe quickly settled any Cardiff nerves with a penalty just moments later. Vosawai got the home side's fifth, and Anscombe slotted yet another conversion to nudge the score up to up to 32-8.

Three back to back tries from James, Fish, and Patchell in the last ten minutes killed off a broken spirited Treviso side, as the Blues went on to win the match 56-8.

The scorers:

For Cardiff Blues:
Tries: E Jenkins, Navidi, Lee-Lo, Dacey, Vosawai, James, Fish, Patchell
Con: Anscombe 3, Evans 2
Pen: Anscombe 2

For Treviso:
Try: Lazzaroni
Pen: Hayward

Cardiff Blues: 15 Rhys Patchell, 14 Dan Fish, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Tom James, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Josh Navidi, 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Ellis Jenkins, 5 James Down, 4 Josh Turnbull, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Gethin Jenkins (c)
Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Brad Thyer, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Jarrad Hoeata, 20 Manoa Vosawai, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Jarrod Evans, 23 Aled Summerhill

Treviso: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Angelo Esposito, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Alberto Sgarbi (c), 11 Ludovico Nitoglia, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Dean Budd, 7 Marco Lazzaroni, 6 Marco Barbini, 5 Tom Palmer, 4 Filo Paulo, 3 Simone Ferrari, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Alberto De Marchi
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Cherif Traorè, 18 Filippo Filippetto, 19 Jeff Montauriol, 20 Abraham Steyn, 21 Andrea De Marchi, 22 Alberto Lucchese, 23 Simone Ragusi

Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
Assistant Referees: Dan Jones, Martyn Lewis (both WRU)
TMO: Paul Adams (WRU)