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Cardiff Blues v Tigers

Posted by archifCLICarchive from National - Published on 22/08/2009 at 00:00
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Cardiff Blues vs Leicester Tigers

The sun blazed down on the new Cardiff City Stadium as Leicester kicked off the first ever rugby match at the venue. 
Leicester Tigers fought back from 5- 3 at half-time to beat last season’s Heineken Cup semi-finalists Cardiff Blues 14-5 at their new Cardiff City Stadium last night.
It was a cagey start by the Blues, being put under a bit of pressure by the Tigers in the opening few minutes. With only a few minutes gone it was Leicester who were first to get onto the scoreboard with a penalty which was converted by Irish international Jeremy Staunton. After the restart Cardiff Blues looked the more dominant of the two teams, with Ceri Sweeney putting a high up and under for Gareth Thomas to chase which he did with perfection as he put Johne Murphy under a lot of pressure, forcing the Tigers to concede a penalty.
Cardiff was dominating for the first 10-15 minutes, creating a few chances, but not fully benefiting from them. It was the visitors who nearly scored the first try, but an outstanding try line tackle by Sam Warburton kept them out. Ceri Sweeney put a nice kick through deep into Tiger half, but by failing to steal the lineout from Leicester they cleared the ball to safety. Half way through the first it was frustrating as Cardiff was conceding too many penalties. Leicester was given a penalty 10 metres from the Blues' try line, which they managed to win and Sweeney cleared to safety.
Chris Czekaj was a hot knife through butter as he showed great strength breaking a tackle and cutting through the Leicester defence, he was well supported by Mustoe as he zig zagged through a few Leicester players as Cardiff pushed their way into the Tigers half. Gavin Evans came close to scoring the first try but he was tackled into touch only yards away from the try line. 
Gareth Thomas put in a clever chip through for Gavin Evans to chase before Leicester cleared into touch. The Blues won the line out and worked through the phases well before Sweeney dived over in the corner to score the first try of the match and the first try in the new stadium all on the stroke of half time, but misses with the conversation Cardiff go in 5-3.
Second Half
As promised by Dai Young, the Blues came out having made eight changes, giving a run out to the entire squad, but it was Leicester who added to their score with a Jeremy Staunton penalty, with the score now at 6-5 the tigers put the Blues under pressure after the break.
The Blues then conceded another penalty which Jeremy Staunton struggled to reach from the halfway as it hit the crossbar and landed safely into Blues hands which was cleared to safety.
Gareth Thomas put in a neat little chip through for Gavin Evans to chase before Leicester cleared into touch. From the line out the Blues worked the phases well and Sweeney dived over in the corner. Staunton then added a third penalty to make the score 5-9. Leicester then had a line out on the Blues' 5 metre line safely taken by the Tigers but the Blues defence remained strong which meant that the Leicester pack were unable to make any ground and the Blues forced the penalty for holding on.
However it was the Tigers who were winning the battle of the lineout, which again they won. This started to string things together for the Tigers in open play: Staunton put a cross field kick which was knocked into touch by the Blues winger Mustoe less than a metre from the try line. Eventually the Tigers' persistence paid off and the forwards rolled over the line to earn their first try of the match Staunton missed with the conversation.
In the last 5 minutes the Blues continued to dominate and pressurise for a second try but Leicester managed to stay strong and hold on.
The Referee for the match was: Nigel Owens
Attendance for the game was 15,843

Cardiff Blues IV

1) Sam Hobbs

2) T Rhys Thomas

3) Taufa’ao Filise

4) Bradley Davies

5) Paul Tito (C)

6) Maama Molitika

7) Sam Warburton

8) Xavier Rush

9) Gareth Cooper

10) Ceri Sweeney

11) Dafydd James

12) Gavin Evans  

13) Gareth Thomas

14) Richard Mustoe

15) Chris Czekaj  

16) Darren Morris  

17) Gareth Williams

18) Gary Powell      

19) Deiniol Jones  

20) Scott Morgan  

21) Robin Sowden Taylor

22) Andries Pretorius

23) Richie Rees

24) Dai Flanagan

25) Ryan Howells



Leicester Tigers IV



1) Boris Stankovich

2) George Chuter

3) Julian White

4) Richard Blaze

5) Louis Deacon

6) Brett Deacon

7) Lewis Moody

8) Jordan Crane

9) Ben Youngs

10) Jeremy Staunton

11) N Jean- Jean

12) Aaron Mauger

13) Dan Hipkiss

14) Matt Smith

15) Johne Murphy

16) Mefin Davies 

17) Marcos Ayerza

18) Martin Castrogiovanni

19) Geoff Parling

20) Craig Newby

21) James Grindal

22) Tuilagi Manu

23) Anthony Allen

24) Will Hurrell

25) Dan Cole

26) Billy Twelvetrees 

27) Ben Woods

28) Ben Peinaar


Links:
Sport & Leisure Directory
Cardiff Blues: Official Website
Leicester Tigers: Official Website

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