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REPORT: Cardiff Blues 37-21 Bristol Rugby

Match Report

Saturday, January 21st 2017

European Rugby Challenge Cup

Cardiff Blues 37 - 21 Bristol Rugby*

HT 15-14

Dacey, Warburton, Anscombe, Morgan (2) Tries Tovey, Williams (2)
Shingler (3) Conversions Jarvis (3)
Shingler (2) Penalties


Att: 7223

Venue: Cardiff Arms Park

Ref: Mike Adamson


Cardiff Blues

  • 1 Iorworth Alan Rhys Gill
  • 2 Kristian David Vivian Dacey
  • 3 Anton Peikrishvili
  • 4 Jarrad Michael Robert Alexande Hoeata
  • 5 Macauley Cook
  • 6 Joshua Rajai Navidi
  • 7 Sam Kennedy Warburton
  • 8 Nicholas Uek Nanai Williams
  • 9 Lloyd David Williams
  • 10 Gareth William Anscombe
  • 11 Blaine Hansen Scully
  • 12 Steven Craig Shingler
  • 13 Reynold Lee-Lo
  • 14 Alexander Charles Gordon Cuthbert
  • 15 Matthew James Morgan


  • 16 Kirby Kenneth Prego Myhill
  • 17 Corey Domachowski
  • 18 Scott Alun Andrews
  • 19 James Down
  • 20 Sebastian Caradog Davies
  • 21 Tomos Geraint Williams
  • 22 Garyn Joseph Smith
  • 23 Rhun Meirion Williams

Bristol Rugby

  • 1 Jack James O'Connell
  • 2 Robert Andrew Hawkins
  • 3 Rodrigo Gaston Cortes
  • 4 Giorgi Nemsadze
  • 5 Joseph John Joyce
  • 6 Ralph Nicholas Koster
  • 7 Jack Tafa Lam
  • 8 James Montague Phillips
  • 9 Andrew William Uren
  • 10 Adrian Thomas Jarvis
  • 11 David Lemi
  • 12 Tusiata Pisi
  • 13 Jack Terence Tovey
  • 14 Jordan Rhys Williams
  • 15 Luke Arscott


  • 16 Max Christopher Crumpton
  • 17 Kyle Traynor
  • 18 Jamal Michael Ford-Robinson
  • 19 Ian Richard Evans
  • 20 Nicholas Sean Fenton-Wells
  • 21 Martin Roberts
  • 22 Thretton Davis Palamo
  • 23 Jack Edward Wallace

Bristol Rugby's European Challenge Cup campaign ended in defeat as they went down 37-21 to Cardiff Blues at BT Sport Arms Park on Saturday. 

Mark Tainton's side trailed 15-14 at half-time after tries from Jordan Williams and Jack Tovey, but the Blues upped the ante after the break to run out comfortable winners, despite Williams grabbing his second of the afternoon on the hour mark.  

Matthew Morgan (2), Kristian Dacey, Sam Warburton and Gareth Anscombe touched down for the hosts while Steven Shingler kicked 12 points. 

What happened?

It was the hosts who struck first in the Welsh capital to race into a 15-0 lead, but only after Bristol had enjoyed a prolonged spell of possession in the opening quarter.

Andy Uren’s sharp break had offered Jarvis a shot at the lead on 12 minutes, but the fly half’s penalty drifted wide and Blues quickly took advantage with tries from Kristian Dacey and Gareth Anscombe – the latter an interception from halfway. Shingler added a conversion and a penalty to give them a hefty advantage.

But Mark Tainton’s side hit back with a double of their own, as Andy Uren – one of the standout players of the first half – gathered his own chip ahead before feeding Jordan Williams to cruise in under the posts.

Jarvis converted and repeated the feat five minutes later when Jack Tovey and Jordan Williams showed a deft touch with the boot to control and hack ahead, with Tovey eventually applying the finishing touches for a 15-14 half-time score line.

ELUSIVE: Tusi Pisi steps his way through the Blues defence (Photo: JMP UK).

As they had in the first, Blues opened the scoring in the second half as Matthew Morgan capatalised on neat work from Ray Lee-Lo to touch down against his former club - and it wasn't to be his last action of the game.

Bristol though, weren’t finished and hit back again as Williams intercepted and raced 70 metres for his second of the afternoon, while Jarvis’ conversion edged Bristol into a 21-20 lead.

TRY-TIME: Jack Tovey touches down during the first half at BT Sport Arms Park (Photo: JMP UK).

But that advantage was soon wiped out by a well-struck penalty from the boot of Shingler as Cardiff retook the lead 15 minutes from time – and it was then left to Matthew Morgan to steal the show as time ticked away, scorching over for his second from 50 metres before a second piece of magic led to Sam Warburton scoring Blues’ fifth try to cap a bonus-point win for the hosts.

Key moment:

A sparkling display in the final ten minutes from Blues full-back Matthew Morgan put the game beyond Bristol, scoring one and setting up another as Bristol looked to fight their way back into the game. 

Photo of the match:

IN FLIGHT: Thretton Palamo is tackled by Blaine Scully as he looks for the offload (Photo: JMP UK). 

Man of the match: James Phillips

The powerful number eight was at his bulldozing best at BT Sport Arms Park, carrying well from the base of the scrum and in open play, while also putting in some hefty hits in defence. 

Social media post of the day:

The teams:

Bristol Rugby: Luke Arscott; Jordan Williams, Jack Tovey, Tusi Pisi (Palamo 40), David Lemi; Adrian Jarvis, Andy Uren (Roberts 53); Jack O'Connell (Traynor 63), Rob Hawkins (Crumpton 23), Gaston Cortes (Ford-Robinson 63), Joe Joyce, Giorgi Nemsadze (Evans 51), Nick Koster (Fenton-Wells 55), Jack Lam (c), James Phillips.

Replacements: Max Crumpton, Kyle Traynor, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Ian Evans, Nick Fenton-Wells, Martin Roberts, Thretton Palamo, Jack Wallace.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan; Alex Cuthbert, Rey Lee Lo, Steven Shingler, Blaine Scully; Gareth Anscombe, Lloyd Williams; Rhys Gill, Kristian Dacey, Anton Peikrishvili, Jarrad Hoeata, Macauley Cook, Josh Navidi, Nick Williams, Sam Warburton (c).

Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Corey Domachowski, Scott Andrews, James Down, Seb Davies, Tomos Williams, Garyn Smith, Rhun Williams.

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