Cardiff Blues too strong for Edinburgh

Date published: September 3 2016

Cardiff Blues got their PRO12 campaign off to a winning start when they beat Edinburgh 34-16 at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday.

The first half got off to a flyer with Cardiff going into the break with a 17-13 lead. A try from Steven Shingler and a penalty try edging the hosts in front. 

Solomoni Rasolea scored for Edinburgh in what was a spirited response. However, momentum had swung in the hosts' favour with the sin-binning of Jamie Ritchie just before the break and they stretched their lead after the interval with Nick Williams and Tomos Williams both scoring. 

Kiwi Nick Williams produced a standout performance on his Blues debut both scoring and creating tries as his side put the Edinburgh defence to the sword. 

The final score of 27-16 was representative of the difference in performances on the day. Edinburgh opened the scoring after three minutes, the boot of Duncan Weir slotting a penalty between the posts for an early lead. 

Four minutes later, the hosts scored the first try of the match, scrum-half Shingler produced a wonderful show and go before steeling in to score. 

Shingler converted his own score to edge the Blues into a four-point lead. Edinburgh responded in the 15th minute with a try of their own, Rasolea running a great line to cruise in for a debut try. Weir was successful in his conversion attempt to make the score 7-13. 

After 19 minutes the Scotland fly-half was on target once more, this time he produced a colossal penalty kick from over 50 metres out to notch another three points for the visitors. In the 27th minute Shingler kicked a penalty from close range to cut the deficit to three points. 

Five minutes later, a dangerous maul from the hosts was collapsed five metres out. Referee John Lacey deemed the offence worthy of the awarding of a penalty try to the Blues. 

Irishman Lacey also awarded a yellow card to Ritchie meaning that Edinburgh would go into half-time down a man and with a 17-13 deficit to their hosts.

Shingler took his personal tally to 15 points with a long-range penalty for Blues after 44 minutes. Edinburgh kept themselves in touch of their hosts with a penalty to take the score to 20-16.

After 62 minutes, Nick Williams extended Cardiff's lead with a try his fantastic performance on debut had merited. Gareth Anscombe successfully converted to extend the Blues' advantage to nine points. 

The hosts desperately pursued a fourth try and were rewarded for their efforts in the 72nd minute as Nick Williams played in Tomos Williams off the back of a scrum to cross the whitewash, taking the score to 34-16 and this was how it finished.

The scorers:

For Cardiff Blues:
Shingler, Penalty try, N Williams, T Williams
Cons: Shingler 2, Anscombe 2
Pens: Shingler 2

For Edinburgh:
Con: Weir
Pens: Weir 3
Yellow Card: Ritchie

Cardiff Blues: 15 Dan Fish, 14 Blaine Scully, 13 Cory Allen, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Tom James, 10 Steve Shingler, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Ellis Jenkins (c), 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Macauley Cook, 4 George Earle, 3 Taufa'ao Filise, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Rhys Gill
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 James Down, 20 Cam Dolan, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Matthew Morgan

Edinburgh: 15 Glenn Bryce, 14 Rory Scholes, 13 Sasa Tofilau, 12 Solomoni Rasolea, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Nathan Fowles, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie, 5 Grant Gilchrist (Captain), 4 Fraser McKenzie, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Rory Sutherland
Replacements: Stuart McInally, 17 Jack Cosgrove, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Magnus Bradbury, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Blair Kinghorn, 23 Chris Dean

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland), Rhys Thomas (Wales)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)