European Problem Cup: Cardiff Blues 16-10 Pau
|European Problem Cup semi-final: Cardiff Blues v Pau|
|Cardiff Blues (13) 16|
|Tries: Anscombe Cons: Evans Pens: Evans 3|
|Pau (10) 10|
|Tries: Smith Cons: Taylor Pens: Taylor|
Cardiff Blues are into the European Problem Cup remaining after beating Pau 16-10 on the Cardiff Arms Park.
In a closely-fought encounter, it was the Welsh aspect who got here out on prime, their defence holding agency regardless of immense stress all through.
Gareth Anscombe’s early strive was cancelled out by Conrad Smith and the accuracy of Jarrod Evans’ boot booked their ticket within the remaining.
Blues will face Gloucester within the remaining in Bilbao on 11 Could.
The hosts made the right begin to the match, lock Seb Davies recognizing a spot within the Pau defence to energy his means into the opposition 22 earlier than off-loading to Anscombe, who had the only of finishes.
Pau’s Tom Taylor missed a penalty after 18 minutes however after Anscombe’s kick was charged down Smith received the race to go over.
Two Evans penalties and one type Taylor closed out an end-to-end first half with Blues deservedly forward 13-10.
Nonetheless, the Prime 14 membership improved in the course of the opening proceedings within the second half as they began producing the kind of rugby that took them to the semi-final.
Their stress result in penalties, however as soon as once more they might not take benefit, this time scrum-half Thibault Daubagna was responsible of placing the ball broad.
Undeterred, Pau’s dominance on the breakdown stored the penalties coming, however they did not take their probabilities.
Evans’ long-range penalty late-on gave Blues a six-point lead and the Welsh aspect made no errors as they clung on to report a well-known win.
Ellis Jenkins takes the plaudits
While Evans was notching up the Blues’ rating, flanker Ellis Jenkins put within the recreation’s stand-out efficiency.
On the breakdown Jenkins prompted Pau all kinds of issues as he made quite a few steals and received much more penalties for his aspect.
His efficiency was epitomised within the recreation’s remaining seconds as he received yet one more penalty on the breakdown to seal the victory with Pau threatening a late comeback.
With Josh Navidi and Nick Williams for firm, Blues’ back-row noticed off the French aspect’s problem.
Blues head coach Danny Wilson advised BBC Sport Wales:
“It was gritty, it was not fairly as fluid as we have come to anticipate however typically it’s a must to discover a method to recover from the road and I believed we did that at this time.
We have been totally ready for an enormous scrum that they’ve and that gave them loads of penalties however what was pleasing is after they kicked to the road out we turned it over so we took away that weapon and that stored us within the recreation underneath stress.
Additionally then defensive contact space we have been excellent and our defensive show normally however it’s cup rugby and we discovered a means which is the vital factor.
Wilson additionally appeared forward to the ultimate:
“I feel we’ll go there as underdogs the way in which Gloucester have been in type and watching them final night time they have been excellent.
“They’re a aspect with large line-speed in defence they usually’re a top quality outfit, nicely coached and nicely drilled, so we must be on prime of our recreation.
“It is cup rugby, it is a remaining, something can occur and we’ll go there with confidence.”
Cardiff Blues: Anscombe; Cuthbert, Lee-Lo, Halaholo, Lane; J Evans, T Williams; G Jenkins (capt), Peikrishvili, S Davies, Turnbull, Navidi, Jenkins, N Williams.
Replacements: Myhill, Gill, Andrews, Welch, Robinson, L. Williams, Smith, Morgan
Pau: Malie; Halai, Smith, Vatubua, Votu; Taylor, Daubagna (capt); Domingo, Lespiauco, Hamadache, Ramsay, Pierre, Mowen, Dougall, S Armitage
Replacements: Rey, Calles, Adriaanse, Foley, Butler, Tomas, Hastoy, Fumat
Referee: John Lacey (Ire)
Contact judges: Andrew Brace (Ire) and Frank Murphy (Ire)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ire)