Cardiff Blues 37 - 12 Zebre
HT 22-7
Sat 05 June 19:35 Cardiff Arms Park Ref: Ben Blain Rainbow Cup

A final attack here for Cardiff Blues. Evans puts us in the opposition 22. 37-12



Quick line-out catches Zebre off guard, and Evans, Lawrence and Myhill burst down the left. Spaces everywhere for the hosts, who spread back down the right. Ben Thomas makes an initial slice through before feeding Millard, who finishes acrobatically in the corner. 37-12



Salt into the wound for the visitors. A chip behind from Tomos Williams almost falls into Evans' bread basket, but Canna deliberately taps the ball dead. Canna is sent to the bin and Blain awards a penalty try. That's the BP! 32-12


Red Card

It's a red for the visitors. With Tomos Williams digging the ball out of the ruck, Cristian Stoian lines him up and plants the shoulder on the scrum half's head. No option for Blain but show the red. 25-12


Cardiff get the shove on at scrum time, marching Zebre back and winning the penalty. Evans' penalty attempt sails wide, however. 25-12



Double replacement sees Rey Lee-Lo returning from a leg injury, alongside Rory Thornton. Cory Hill and Willis Halaholo are the ones to make way. 25-12


Great feet from Botham to win hard yards down the left, and as we come back in-field Zebre are penalised. Evans steps up the the tee to slot three more from under the sticks. 25-12



Dmitri Arhip, Kirby Myhill and Tomos Williams come on for the final quarter. Making way are Dillon Lewis, Liam Belcher and Lloyd Williams. 22-12


Lovely work in the outside channels from Josh Turnbull, charging through and finding Rhys Carre in support, but the loosehead just knocks on as he hits top gear on the 22m line. 22-12


Excellent defensive work from Botham to hold up the attacker and force a turnover inside the 22. 22-12



Rhys Carre replaces Corey Domachowski as we approach the final quarter. 22-12


Yellow Card

Captain's Challenge called, and it looks like Zebre's Rimpelli has made contact with Josh Turnbull's head from an attempted counter ruck. He is shown a yellow card and Zebre are a man down once again. 22-12


Zebre going phase through phase but the home defence not giving an inch. Cory Hill eventually comes up with the turnover, allowing Williams to clear. 22-12


Momentum swung in the visitors' favour here as they pressure Cardiff into mistakes. Morgan is caught deep in his own 22 and his offload is knocked on by Millard. Big defensive moment here. 22-12


Blain is playing advantage for the hosts here, and Evans opts to use the free play to send a cross field kick. Botham pins his ears back but is pipped to the loose ball by the covering defence. With advantage still in play, we come back and Evans kicks to the corner. 22-12



Early replacement in this second half sees Harri Millard taking his place on the wing, replacing Jason Harries. 22-12


Try (Opp.)

Zebre pick up where they left off as they immediately strike for a second try after the restart. It's Federico Mori who gets his name on the board. 22-12


Try (Opp.)

As the clock hits red, Zebre register on the scoreboard. A clever tip pass in midfield opens up the space for Pierre Bruno to slice clear. Canna makes no mistakes with the extras. 22-7



Cardiff Blues back in the 22 here and while the forward initially set up the driving maul, the call goes to go wide. Evans' long pass to Nipper produces a two-on-one down the left and Fishy is released to finish in the corner. Lovely extras from Jarrod. 22-0


Jarrod manages to step past the rushing Zebre defence this time. Running back into traffic and drawing all sorts of defenders, he releases Fish who breaks down the left. With the last man in front, he looks for Lloyd Williams on the inside, but possession is knocked on. 15-0



Halaholo's floated miss pass puts Harries in space, but the galloping wing is taken down just in the corner. The hosts continue through the phases and the forwards remain patient, before Botham powers over. Evans converts. 15-0


Fish's form with the boot continues as he pings one from just outside one 22 to the opposite end, finding touch. 8-0



Cory Hill wins the line-out, and immediately a trio of forwards go storming through with the drive. 20 year old Gwilym Bradley is the one on the end of it to touch down for his first try for the club. Conversion from Evans is just pushed wide. 8-0


Yellow Card

The driving maul is brought down just short of the try-line, which sees Oliviero Fabiani sent to the sin bin. 3-0


Penalties mounting against the visitors here as Cardiff look to make a real dent on the scoreboard. With his side in the ascendancy, Evans decides to go for the corner. 3-0


James Botham and Seb Davies working in tandem to produce a double hit in midfield, marching Zebre back 10 meters, and the referee brings play back for a forward pass. 3-0


Penalty Goal

Zebre chance their luck down the blindside, but wing Pierre Bruno is halted by a big hit from Dillon Lewis. The visitors find themselves on the back-foot and concede a penalty. No mistakes from Welsh international Jarrod Evans to open the scoring. 3-0


Cardiff Blues enjoying the majority of territory and possession in the early stages, but are frustrated by the visitors' defence. Dan Fish puts in a second excellent kick in as many minutes - this time from his own 22 - finding touch in the Zebre half. 0-0


Zebre penalised from the resulting line-out, and Jarrod Evans finds touch to see the home side advancing up field. Again Cardiff's backline are caught deep after a few phases but Dan Fish finds space in the backfield with a kick to pin the visitors in their own corner. 0-0


An early penalty for the visitors as Carlo Canna's line speed catches Ben Thomas deep and isolated. The outside half finds touch outside the 22. 0-0



Alun Lawrence is introduced here, replacing Gwilym Bradley, as a Captain's Challenge for a potential foul play by Rhys Carre is dismissed. 22-12


Kick Off

KICK OFF | Y CIC GYNTAF - It's been a strange old season, to say the least, but we're off for the campaign finale as Carlo Canna gets us underway at the capital. Carlo Canna gyda'r gic gyntaf i'r gêm olaf yma yn y brifddinas.