Cardiff Blues V Edinburgh
Saturday 9th October 2010 at the Cardiff City Stadium saw the Cardiff Blues start their Heineken Cup campaign, taking on what was, on paper, a strong Edinburgh side in their first pool match. Having seen Northampton beat Castres 18-14 in the opening pool match on the Friday night, a good performance was needed to send a message that the Blues meant business.
Blues summer signing from Glasgow, Dan Parks, missed three early penalties which would have put the Blues out in front, but Edinburgh were first to get onto the scoreboard with Chris Paterson slotting over a penalty making it 3-0.
It was the Edinburgh prop, Allan Jacobsen who got over the try line first and Paterson converted it making the score 10-0.
Paterson was shown the yellow card and sent to the sin-bin after he held onto Martyn Williams in the tackle, which seemed harsh but the Edinburgh captain had been warned that they were giving away too many penalties for the offence so he had to go. Cardiff Blues were awarded a penalty and Parks finally found the sticks making it 10-3.
Five minutes later Chris Czekaj went over the try line for the Blues and Parks converted making it 10-10, just before half time Parks added another penalty making it 10-13. A costly sin binning with Paterson returning to the field for Edinburgh just before half time.
Both Edinburgh and Blues came back out onto the pitch with no changes to either of the teams.
Parks kept much of his form from the beginning of the game to the start of the second half, missing a penalty. After intense pressure from the Blues that was soaked up by the Edinburgh defence, centre Casey Laulala eventually powered over the line for a try with Parks missing a difficult conversion from the right touchline. The score was now 18-10.
Edinburgh hit back with Ben Carins going over the try line in the empty space left by a confused defence. Paterson converted the try making the score a nail-biting 18-17 with only minutes left. As the clock was ticking down, Blues managed to keep Edinburgh in their half and the final whistle blew giving the Blues the win and Edinburgh had to settle for the losing bonus point.
Casey Laulala was awarded player of the match for his both his individual and teamwork performance. The next pool match for the Blues is away to French side Castres Olympique on Friday 15th October.