Planet Rugby

Five-star Blues run riot

06th February 2010 17:34

Share:

Tom Shanklin try v Scarets

Proving a point: Tom Shanklin scores the first Blues try

Cardiff Blues were in sensational form, running in five tries in a 35-23 win over Welsh ricals the Scarlets in the LV= Cup on Saturday.

The Blues scored three in the space of 12 minutes after half-time, when they had trailed 17-7 and must now wait on Sunday results to see if they have made the semi-finals.

Scarlets went into the match just needing a bonus point to reach the last four but, like the Blues, will now have to sweat on the result of the match between Harlequins and Newcastle tomorrow.

Scarlets welcomed back Regan King for his first start in 11 months since seriously injuring his hamstring.

And the Blues fielded four New Zealanders - Ben Blair, Paul Tito, Xavier Rush and Casey Laulala - as well as Deiniol Jones and former Wales captain Gareth Thomas.

The fact that the game remained scoreless until the 29th minute was in part due to some dreadful tactical kicking from both sides.

But there had been chances to score; Blues flanker Sam Warburton charged down a kick from Dan Evans but could not gather the loose ball, Scarlets Lee Williams looked to pass when he could have scored in the right corner, and at the other end Williams pulled off a great try-saving tackle on Thomas just yards from the line.

The deadlock was eventually broken by Rhys Priestland, who forced his way over from five metres out after a concerted period of Scarlets pressure.

The Blues should have replied straight away but Ceri Sweeney dropped the ball under the posts. His blushes were spared on 34 minutes when Tom Shanklin forced his way over to level things at 7-7.

But it was all Scarlets for the rest of the half as they scored two tries in the space of four minutes to lead 17-7 at half-time.

First Williams made up for his earlier effort by winning the race over the line after he kicked ahead, and after a strong scrum David Lyons squeezed in.

After the break it was all Blues and they raced into a 28-17 lead with three tries,

two for Laulala.

His first came from a scrum on the 22 and six minutes later he ran in from 70 metres after intercepting a pass.

The Blues' purple patch was complete when prop Taufa'ao Filise burrowed over for the bonus-point try.

The Scarlets stopped the rot with two Priestland penalties, but the losing bonus point was ripped out of their grasp by Tito's try two minutes from time.

The scorers:

For the Scarlets:
Tries: Priestland, Williams, Lyons
Cons: Priestland
Pens: Priestland 2

For the Blues:
Tries: Shanklin, Laulala 2, Filise, Tito
Cons: Blair 5

Scarlets: 15 Daniel Evans, 14 Lee Williams, 13 Gareth Maule, 12 Regan King 11 Andy Fenby, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Tavis Knoyle, 8 David Lyons (capt), 7 Josh Turnbull, 6 Rob McCusker, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Lou Reed, 3 Deacon Manu, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Phil John.
Replacements: 16 Iestyn Thomas, 17 Emyr Phillips, 18 Rhys Thomas, 19 Vernon Cooper, 20 Johnathan Edwards, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Daniel Newton 23 Joe Ajuwa.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Ben Blair, 14 Gareth Thomas, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Tom Shanklin, 11 Dafydd James, 10 Ceri Sweeney, 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Xavier Rush, 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Maama Molitika, 5 Paul Tito (capt), 4 Deiniol Jones, 3 Gary Powell, 2 T Rhys Thomas, 1 Taufa'ao Filise.
Replacements: 16 Rhys James, 17 Scott Andrews, 18 Ian George, 19 Scott Morgan, 20 Andries Pretorius, 21 Tom Slater, 22 Sam Norton-Knight, 23 Chris Czekaj.

Referee: Greg Garner (England)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , October 3
Bath vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 4
London Irish vs Northampton15:00
Harlequins vs London Welsh15:00
Gloucester vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , October 5
Sale vs Wasps14:00
Newcastle vs Exeter15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Rugby Championship
Saturday , October 4
South Africa vs New Zealand16:05
Argentina vs Australia23:40
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 3
Connacht vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Ulster vs Edinburgh19:35
Zebre vs Ospreys19:35
Saturday , October 4
Leinster vs Munster18:30
Sunday , October 5
Benetton Treviso vs Glasgow14:00
Scarlets vs Newport Gwent D'gons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , October 3
Oyonnax vs Toulon20:45
Saturday , October 4
Bordeaux-Begles vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Racing Metro Paris vs Brive18:30
Bayonne vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Lyon18:30
Castres vs Grenoble18:30
Toulouse vs Stade Francais20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , October 3
Pumas vs Blue Bulls15:00
Sharks vs Lions19:10
Saturday , October 4
Cheetahs vs Western Province14:00
Griquas vs Eastern Province Kings15:00
More Currie Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 28
Wasps 35 - 18 NewcastleWasps vs Newcastle Report
Exeter 36 - 13 HarlequinsExeter vs Harlequins Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Newport Gwent D'gons 33 - 15 Benetton TrevisoNewport Gwent D
More Guinness PRO12 results
ITM Cup
Tasman 32 - 24 OtagoTasman vs Otago Report
Canterbury 26 - 28 SouthlandCanterbury vs Southland Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 27
Leicester 19 - 22 London IrishLeicester vs London Irish Report
Saracens 40 - 19 Sale SharksSaracens vs Sale Sharks Report
Northampton 31 - 24 BathNorthampton vs Bath Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Rugby Championship
South Africa 28 - 10 AustraliaSouth Africa vs Australia Report
Argentina 13 - 34 New ZealandArgentina vs New Zealand Report
More Rugby Championship results
Guinness PRO12
Zebre 13 - 6 UlsterZebre vs Ulster Report
Munster 14 - 19 OspreysMunster vs Ospreys Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Toulon 40 - 17 MontpellierToulon vs Montpellier Report
Grenoble 27 - 25 Racing Metro ParisGrenoble vs Racing Metro Paris Report
Brive 34 - 24 Bordeaux-Begles
Oyonnax 8 - 19 Clermont Auvergne
Stade Francais 43 - 10 La Rochelle
Lyon 28 - 18 Castres
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Sharks 53 - 24 Eastern Province KingsSharks vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Griquas 8 - 46 LionsGriquas vs Lions Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Waikato 20 - 22 ManawatuWaikato vs Manawatu Report
North Harbour 28 - 25 Hawkes Bay
Counties Manukau 55 - 7 WellingtonCounties Manukau vs Wellington Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 26
London Welsh 10 - 46 GloucesterLondon Welsh vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Leinster 37 - 23 Cardiff BluesLeinster vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens418
2Northampton416
3Bath415
4Exeter414
5Wasps411