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Cardiff Blues 9 Edinburgh Gunners 13

27th January 2006

Cardiff Blues turned their focus to the Celtic League as they faced Edinburgh who stood second in the league.

Blues got off to a positive start when newly appointed Captain for the match, Xavier Rush, chose to kick for the corner from a penalty and a clean win in the line out saw the home side coming close to scoring. However, the Edinburgh defence was solid and they turned the Blues over and cleared their line. It was the visiting side who got the first score when they won a penalty that Duncan Hodge converted. They nearly scored again but for some last ditch defence on the Cardiff Blues try line, however the score came soon after when referee George Clancy missed a knock-on by Hodge and scrum half Rory Lawson gathered the ball and slotted a drop goal. The referee did however award the Blues a penalty after Edinburgh once again drifted offside and Lee Thomas slotted the kick. A period of pressure followed from the Blues with excellent commitment from the forwards and the lineout working well, however they failed to gain any more points in the first half and the teams went in on the break Cardiff Blues 3 Edinburgh Gunners 6

Half time
Cardiff Blues 3 Edinburgh Gunners 6

Blues soon got the scoreboard again in the second half when Lee Thomas slotted a 40 yard penalty. The young Blues outsidehalf soon kicked another penalty in front of the posts putting the home side ahead, following a period of pressure from the forwards driving the ball upfield. With Edinburgh down to 14 men following the sin binning of prop Alasandiar Dickinson the Blues attacked the Scottish side’s tryline. A move in the Edinburgh 22 broke down in midfield and full back Nick de Luca hacked the ball up to the halfway line winger Francisco Leonelli carried on the attack to score the break away try under the Cardiff Blues posts, converted by Hodge. The Blues valiantly tried to get another score with some excellent runs upfield by Jonah Lomu but the score eluded them at it was the Edinburgh Gunners breakaway try that was the difference between the two sides with the final score Cardiff Blues 9 Edinburgh Gunners 13.