Planet Rugby

Cardiff, Exeter share the spoils

12th November 2010 22:30

Share:

cardiff v exeter

Chiefs: Held to a draw

Teenager Joseph Griffin slotted over a last-gasp penalty to rescue Cardiff Blues a deserved 23-23 draw against Exeter.

The Chiefs looked on course for an away win in the LV= Cup fixture played out at a rain-soaked Cardiff City Stadium when they led 23-12 at the break.

Tries from Simon Alcott and Nic Sestaret, plus three penalties and two conversions from Ryan Davis, gave the Aviva Premiership side a comfortable cushion after the first 40 minutes.

However Cardiff hit back in style; full-back Dan Fish grabbed a try, Gareth Davies kicked his fifth penalty and then Griffin levelled matters at the death.

A draw was no more than the Blues' second-half performance merited as they bravely opted to keep the ball in hand despite the tough conditions.

They had needed something special though after falling behind at the break.

Cardiff fly-half Davies kicked two penalties to Davis' one in the early going before Exeter claimed the opening try in the 17th minute, scrum-half Haydn Thomas setting hooker Alcott racing away down the touchline to score.

Davis added the conversion and then pushed the Chiefs further ahead with his second penalty, punishing Cardiff's inexperienced pack for another infringement.

Davies cut the gap to four points with his third penalty just shy of the half-hour mark - only for the Blues to concede a second try soon after.

Despite juggling the ball as he gathered it in, winger Sestaret managed to get on the end of a chip to the corner from Davis, who then proceeded to knock over the extras from tight to the touchline.

The two teams both traded penalties in between an injury to Alcott at a scrum, though thankfully he was able to walk off the field after treatment.

Having been second best for much of the opening half, Cardiff came out after the re-start and produced their best passage of attacking play leading up to Richard Mustoe putting Fish in at the corner.

Davies failed with his conversion attempt and then also scuffed a long-distance penalty.

The number 10, however, made no mistake with another shot at goal in the 76h minute; the three points setting up a rousing finish to the fixture.

Exeter looked set to weather the late storm - somewhat appropriate considering the weather - only for a high tackle to allow replacement Griffin, 18, to deny them at the death with a late, late penalty.

The scorers:

For Cardiff Blues:
Try:Fish
Pens:G Davies 5, Griffin

For Exeter:
Tries: Alcott, Sestaret
Cons: Davis 2
Pens: Davis 3

Cardiff Blues: 15 Dan Fish, 14 Richard Mustoe, 13 Gavin Evans, 12 Dafydd Hewitt (c), 11 Tom James, 10 Gareth Davies, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Tom Brown, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Luke Hamilton, 5 James Down, 4 Bryn Griffiths, 3 John Yapp, 2 Gareth Williams, 1 Tom Davies.
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Sam Hobbs, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Thomas Young, 21 Tom Slater, 22 Joseph Griffin, 23 Owen Williams.

Exeter: 15 Luke Arscott, 14 Nic Sestaret, 13 Phil Dollman, 12 Jason Shoemark, 11 Mark Foster, 10 Ryan Davis, 9 Hayden Thomas, 8 Richard Baxter, 7 Andy Miller, 6 Tom Johnson, 5 James Hanks, 4 Tom Hayes (c), 3 Hoani Tui, 2 Simon Alcott, 1 Brett Sturgess.
Replacements: 16 Chris Whitehead, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Ignacio Elosu, 19 Dave Gannon, 20 Dave Ewers, 21 Garrick Cowley, 22 Igancio Mieres, 23 Matt Jess.

Referee: David Jones

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens vs NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Preview
London Welsh vs Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Preview
Friday , November 28
Bath vs Harlequins19:45
Saturday , November 29
Leicester vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Sunday , November 23
Georgia vs JapanGeorgia vs Japan Preview
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Sunday , November 23
Treviso vs LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Preview
Edinburgh vs Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Preview
Friday , November 28
Munster vs Ulster19:35
Cardiff Blues vs Treviso19:35
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Lyon vs Montpellier18:00
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:00
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:00
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
England 28 - 9 Samoa
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle FalconsBath vs Newcastle Falcons Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Romania 13 - 18 JapanRomania vs Japan Report
France 29 - 26 AustraliaFrance vs Australia Report
Scotland 16 - 24 New ZealandScotland vs New Zealand Report
England 28 - 31 South AfricaEngland vs South Africa Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Exeter828
2Bath828
3Northampton726
4Saracens724
5Wasps820