Edinburgh get better of Cardiff Blues

Date published: November 23 2014

Edinburgh picked up their third victory of the Guinness PRO12 campaign after they beat Cardiff Blues 28-13 at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Edinburgh picked up their third win of the Guinness PRO12 season after they beat Cardiff Blues 28-13 at Murrayfield.

Andries Strauss’ try, alongside the accurate kicking of Tom Heathcote, took the Scottish outfit into a 16-6 half-time lead.

Cardiff’s response came through two Gareth Davies’ penalties, but they were disappointing throughout and Edinburgh made them pay as Dougie Fife and Tom Brown touched down to seal the win.

Adam Thomas did go over for the Blues late on, but it couldn’t prevent them from going down to a sixth domestic defeat of the campaign.

Both these sides have endured difficult seasons with them residing in the bottom half of the league table. The hosts went into the game with two victories while the Welsh region had claimed just one, and it was Alan Solomons’ men who opened the brighter.

Cardiff Blues suffered the worst possible start when Jarrad Hoeata was sin-binned after just three minutes and Edinburgh took advantage through Strauss’ well-taken try.

Davies’ penalty got the visitors on the board but Heathcote kicked one of his own to restore the Murrayfield-based outfit’s seven-point buffer.

Another effort off the tee from the Scotland international fly-half took the home team 13-3 clear before the Blues suffered a second yellow card, this time for Ellis Jenkins.

The respective fly-halves then traded three-pointers as the Scottish side went into the break 16-6 ahead.

However, Edinburgh continued to dominate after the interval and Fife’s effort was just reward for their excellence.

Sam Hobbs was sin-binned for Cardiff Blues for an infringement just before the try was scored and Solomons’ men duly rubber-stamped the victory through Brown’s touchdown.

Mark Hammett’s team did display some spirit and, after the pressure they had exerted resulted in yellow cards for Roddy Grant and Heathcote, Thomas crossed the whitewash, but that proved to be mere consolation.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Strauss, Fife, Brown
Con: Heathcote 2
Pen: Heathcote 3

For Cardiff Blues:
Try: Thomas
Con: Davies
Pen: Davies 2

Edinburgh: 15 Nick McLennan, 14 Dougie Fifi, 13 Sam Beard, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 David Denton, 7 Roddy Grant, 6 Mike Coman (capt), 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Ollie Atkins, 3 Willem Nel, 2 James Hilterbrand, 1 Rory Sutherland.
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Grant Shiells, 18 John Andress, 19 Fraser McKenzie, 20 Tomas Leonardi, 21 Grayson Hart, 22 Greig Tonks, 23 Matt Scott.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Richard Smith, 13 Adam Thomas, 12 Gavin Evans, 11 Dan Fish, 10 Gareth Davies, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Manoa Vosawai, 7 Ellis Jenkins, 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Macauley Cook, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Adam Jones (c), 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Sam Hobbs.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Williams, 17 Thomas Davies, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Chris Dicomidis, 20 Josh Navidi, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Garyn Smith, 23 Geraint Walsh.

Referee: Leo Colgan (Ireland)
Assistant referees: David Changleng (Scotland), Stephen Hart (Scotland)
Television match official: Iain Ramage (Scotland)
Timekeeper: John Montgomery (Scotland)
Assessor: Gordon McMurray (Scotland)