Professional14: Cardiff Blues 24-21 Cheetahs – Blues combat again to scrape victory
|Guinness Professional14: Cardiff Blues v Cheetahs|
|Cardiff Blues (10) 24|
|Tries: Lee-Lo, Ll Williams, Robinson Cons: Anscombe 3 Pen: Anscombe|
|Cheetahs (7) 21|
|Tries: Steenkamp, Maxwane, Janse Van Rensburg Cons: Schoeman 3|
Cardiff Blues scraped previous Cheetahs for a 24-21 Professional14 victory after coming from 11 factors down within the remaining quarter.
Late tries from Lloyd Williams and Olly Robinson gave them victory after Rey Lee-Lo’s first-half rating.
Gareth Anscombe added 9 factors with the boot.
Walt Steenkamp, Benhard Janse van Rensburg and Sibhale Maxwane crossed for the South Africans, who gained a bonus level as they stayed winless.
The sport was marked by a number of TMO consultations between referee George Clancy and fourth official Jon Mason, with a number of hair-line selections given to the attacking facet.
Cardiff ultimately discovered their attacking rhythm to gather a second successive win after a disjointed first hour.
The guests took the lead after 18 minutes when lock Steenkamp dived on a free ball over the Blues line for a lucky rating, transformed by Tian Schoeman.
That appeared to spur Cardiff Blues into life and a grubber kick from Anscombe noticed Lee-Lo pounce, Anscombe levelling at 7-7 after one other prolonged TMO test gave the attacking facet the good thing about the doubt.
However an Anscombe penalty a minute from the break was the one different rating of a irritating first half.
Video official Mason was known as into motion once more 10 minutes after the break, permitting Maxwane’s fleeting landing from Schoeman’s grubber regardless of ideas of a ahead move earlier within the transfer.
The house facet then went two scores down on the hour as Nico Lee’s slip move put van Rensburg over, Schoemann changing once more for a 21-10 lead.
That compelled the hosts to up the tempo and substitute Lloyd Williams sniped over from a ruck with 15 minutes left.
Then got here Robinson’s essential strive, ploughing over after an excellent driving maul with 11 minutes left, Anscombe’s third conversion making it 24-21.
The momentum was now with the Welsh facet they usually simply failed in a late bid to gather an inconceivable bonus level as they had been held up on the road within the remaining transfer.
Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill was relieved to see his facet win, saying: “We had guys kicking the ball away, we had 50-50 passes. We weren’t affected person in what we had been attempting to do.
“We had been attempting to get a four-try bonus level within the first 15 minutes and we most likely left 4 or 5 tries on the market within the first 20 minutes.
“Opponents get confidence and momentum after they see you try this.”
Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan; Owen Lane, Rey Lee-Lo, Willis Halaholo, Jason Harries; Gareth Anscombe, Tomos Williams; Rhys Gill, Kristian Dacey, Scott Andrews, George Earle, Rory Thornton, Olly Robinson, Ellis Jenkins (capt), Josh Turnbull.
Substitute: Kirby Myhill, Brad Thyer, Dillon Lewis, Macauley Prepare dinner, Sion Bennett, Lloyd Williams, Steven Shingler, Garyn Smith.
Cheetahs: Ryno Eksteen; William Small-Smith, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Nico Lee, Rabz Maxwane; Tian Schoeman, Tian Meyer (capt); Ox Nche, Joseph Dweba, Aranos Coetzee, Walt Steenkamp, JP du Preez, Gerhard Olivier, Niell Jordaan, Junior Pokomela.
Replacements: Jacques du Toit, Charles Marais, Günther Janse van Vuuren, Justin Basson, Stephan Malan, Daniel Maartens, Shaun Venter, Louis Fouche.
Referee: George Clancy (IRFU)
Assistant referees: Pleasure Neville (IRFU), Gwyn Morris (WRU)
TMO: Jon Mason (WRU)
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