Cardiff Blues emerged on top in a high-scoring encounter with visiting Treviso at Arms Park, winning their Guinness PRO12 clash 36-25.
Cardiff Blues emerged on top in a high-scoring encounter with visiting Treviso at Arms Park, winning 36-25.
Only their second PRO12 victory of the season, the win was the first in seven for the Welsh outfit and ended their worst ever run in the competition, but they were made to work for it on a chilly night in the Welsh capital.
The Italians went home empty handed, which was scant reward for their gutsy performance.
Treviso had the first clear-cut chance of the game when they broke from their own half to put pressure on the Blues’ line.
Macauley Cook used foul play to prevent a try, committing a deliberate knock on when the Italians looked certain to score. Whilst Cook was rightfully sent to the bin, it didn’t affect Cardiff, who scored the first try themselves a couple of minutes later.
Lloyd Williams eventually crossed after over 15 phases of pressure from the home side. That didn’t stop Treviso from keeping up their bright early start, although they had luck on their side when they went back ahead.
Joe Carlisle’s chip over the top looked to be bouncing straight into the hands of Gareth Anscombe, only for the ball to bounce straight into the hands of the Treviso number 10, who then had a clear run for the line.
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