Cardiff power past Kings in Port Elizabeth

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 17:05
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PRO14 REPORT: A classy performance from Cardiff Blues saw them romp home to a fine victory at the Southern Kings to keep their hopes of a place in the Pro14 Finals Series alive.

Alex Cuthbert got the ball rolling with a try in just the second minute and that set the tone for a fine performance which saw a bonus point confirmed in just half an hour.

Seb Davies, Josh Turnbull and Willis Halaholo each crossed but the Blues did not let up from there as Kirby Myhill and Blaine Scully crossed either side of half time.

The Kings did hit back through Ntabeni Dukisa and Lindokuhle Welemu but they remain with just one win this season.

This was the first meeting of the two teams and the Blues raced out of the traps, desperate to put last weekend's loss to the Cheetahs behind them.

Within 90 seconds they had crossed for the first try after a powerful break from Nick Williams carried the Blues to the edge of the tryline.

And winger Cuthbert, an instinctive try scorer, pounced – flinging his arms across the line to get the ball down.

The Blues' physicality was proving to be a menace, especially at the breakdown, and they added two further scores before the half-hour mark.

Davies got the first of those, and 20 minutes later the Blues stole the ball back brilliantly on the Kings’ five-metre line where Turnbull powered over.

Halaholo got the fourth at the end of a driving maul but, refusing to let up, they continued to use their momentum and added two further scores.

Kirby Myhill scored the first of those before a sublime kick through set up Blaine Scully early in the second half.

Myhill added a second but the Kings were next to strike with Dukisa rolling over before Welemu got a second – ensuring they finished on a high.

The scorers:

For Southern Kings:
Tries: Dukisa, Welemu
Con: Banda

For Cardiff Blues:
Tries: Cuthbert, Davies, Turnbull, Halaholo, Myhill 2, Scully
Cons: Evans 5

Yellow card: Schalk Ferreira (Southern Kings, 36 - repeated infringements

Teams:

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Michael Makase, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Yaw Penxe, 10 Ntabeni Dukisa, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Martinus Burger, 6 Lusanda Badiyana, 5 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 4 Bobby de Wee, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain).
Replacements: 16 Tango Balekile, 17 Justin Forwood, 18 Luvuyo Pupuma, 19 Lindo Welemu, 20 Khaya Majola, 21 Rudi Van Rooyen, 22 Alshaun Bock, 23 Heinrich Klaasen.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Blaine Scully, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Ellis Jenkins (captain), 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Josh Turnbull, 4 Seb Davies, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Rhys Gill.
Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Brad Thyer, 18 Anton Peikrishvili, 19 Damian Welch, 20 Olly Robinson, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Garyn Smith, 23 Matthew Morgan

Referee: Sean Gallagher (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Ruhan Meiring (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
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Team P W D L Pts
Glasgow Warriors 19 15 1 3 75
Munster 20 13 0 7 67
Cheetahs 20 11 0 9 58
Cardiff Blues 20 11 0 9 53
Ospreys 19 8 0 11 40
Connacht 20 6 0 14 34
Zebre 19 5 0 14 24
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 20 14 1 5 70
Scarlets 20 13 1 6 65
Edinburgh 20 14 0 6 64
Ulster 19 11 1 7 55
Treviso 20 11 0 9 54
Dragons 20 2 2 16 20
Kings 20 1 0 19 11