Cardiff Blues 17 - 16 Dragons RFC
HT 10-3
Sun 09 May 13:00 Cardiff Arms Park Ref: Mike Adamson Rainbow Cup

Full Time

Things you love to see: Willis beats four defenders in midfield. Cardiff Blues patiently running down the clock and Jarrod Evans boots it into the stand to seal his side's 11th consecutive PRO14 win over Dragons. 17-16


Dragons looking for a way back into this, and look to spread right but Aneurin Owen drops possession in midfield. 17-16


Extremely unlucky for Kristian Dacey there, who is penalised at the breakdown. But Sam Davies' effort from half way just drifts left. 17-16


Red Card

After Josh Turnbull calls a captain's challenge, Rhys Lawrence is sent off for a shoulder charge to the back row's head. Meanwhile, Teddy's try remains, with Evans adding the extras. 17-16



Teddy Williams and Will Davies King heading on, with Jason Harries also returning following his sin bin. 10-16


Instant impact from Thomas to win the ball back from the restart. He pins Dragons back, forcing Moriarty to concede a line-out on his own 5m line. 10-16


Penalty Goal (Opp.)

Sam Davies adds another three from the tee as Ben Thomas returns after the 20 minute period expires following Owen Lane's red card. 10-16


With a two-man advantage, Dragons look to go wide. Jonah Holmes tries his luck for the corner, but once again Amos stands up to the challenge and his tackle is backed up by Josh Turnbull, who comes in with an excellent jackal to win the penalty. 10-13


Yellow Card

We're down to 13 as Jason Harries is sent to the bin for what was deemed a deliberate knock on. 10-13


Penalty Goal (Opp.)

Dragons still coming hard as Cardiff are down a man, but a huge try saving tackle from Hallam Amos allows Josh Adams to get over the ball and win a huge turnover. Brad Thyer and Ellis Bevan are both introduced, replacing Rhys Carre and Jamie Hill. 10-13



Kristian Dacey replaces skipper Kirby Myhill. 10-10



Max Llewellyn is replaced by Willis Halaholo here. 10-10


Conversion (Opp.)

Sam Davies adds the extras to make it all square. 10-10


Try (Opp.)

Dragons immediately touch down with Rhys Lawrence dotting down. 10-3


Red Card

Owen Lane is sent off for a high shoulder on Bertranou. Cardiff Blues will play the next 20 minutes with 14 men. Meanwhile, James Ratti replaces Sam Moore. 10-3


It's a frantic opening five minutes to the half as the Dragons press hard for a try. While a penalty advantage comes to nothing, they take the quick tap from close range but knock on in the process. 10-3


Dragons called a captain's challenge on a potential Cory Hill shoulder charge, but Adamson decides there was no foul play. 10-3


Penalty Goal (Opp.)

Seb Davies is penalised for a late hit on Sam Davies, and the Dragons outside half brings the half to an end with three points from the tee. Been a good opening 40 here at the capital. 10-3


Dragons fumble in midfield and Jason Harries thinks he's put Owen Lane clear, but Mike Adamson brings play back for offside. Dragons will have one final opportunity to open their account in this half. 10-0


Quick hands takes the ball to the edge, with Josh Turnbull cutting back inside and taken down just short. Jamie Hill takes a snipe but is isolated and Dragons win the penalty on their own try line. 10-0


A couple of penalties has seen the hosts returning to Dragons' half. A driving line-out makes the initial yards before a hard carry in midfield sets up the attacking opportunity. 10-0


Dillon Lewis has been excellent in this first half, winning yet another key turnover as Dragons looked to apply pressure deep in the Cardiff 22. 10-0


It's been a very good half for the maul defence, as they repel Dragons' attacking line-out opportunity and force the turnover. 10-0


Dillon Lewis latches over Ben Carter to win a well-earned penalty at the breakdown. Thomas sends it deep into the 22 but the resulting line-out is over-thrown and Sam Davies clears. 10-0


Penalty Goal

The Cardiff attack causing plenty of stress for the opposition defence here. They earn a penalty on this occasion after good work from the likes of Harries, Adams, Moore, Lane and Cory Hill in the build up. Thomas adds three from the tee. 10-0


Dragons with an opportunity to reply instantly, but Davies hooks his penalty attempt wide. 7-0



It all starts with a huge carry from Rhys Carre to put the hosts on the front foot. Ben Thomas steering things well from 10, taking the ball into contact but freeing his hands for the offload, sending new Lions call-up Adams clear to run under the sticks. 7-0


An early tester for Ioan Davies as Ben Thomas sends an up-and-under his way. The full back gathers but is clattered by the chasing Josh Adams. 0-0


A huge early confidence booster for the front row as they win a penalty at a scrum inside the Cardiff Blues 22. 0-0


It's like a reunion here at the Arms Park - familiar faces all around with Jonathan Humphreys, Gethin Jenkins, Ceri Sweeney, Dai Young, Dan Baugh, TRT, Richie Rees, Robin Sowden Taylor, Martyn Williams, Jamie Roberts all spotted around the ground! 0-0


Early arm wrestle here as both teams look for the edge in these opening stages. Ben Thomas sends a high kick but the chasing line are penalised for offside. Sam Davies brings play into the Cardiff 22. 0-0


Kick Off

We're underway here at Cardiff Arms Park for the first competitive Welsh derby here since January 2020!