Blues do the double over Lyon
CHAMPIONS CUP REPORT: Cardiff Blues secured a superb home and away double over Lyon in the Champions Cup after their 33-14 triumph at Cardiff Arms Park in Pool Three.
The visitors got the better start through their powerful scrum, leaving referee Karl Dickson no choice but to award a penalty try after three dominant scrums early on.
Blues wing Aled Summerhill got the first of his two tries when he got on the end of a well-worked move through the hands to dot down in the corner. The Welshman’s second was of similar vain, with centre Harri Millard using a two-on-one to their advantage to give Summerhill an easy run in.
The visitors reclaimed the lead before the break after New Zealander Xavier Mignot’s powerful line punctured Blues’ defence but it was all Cardiff in the second half.
Scrumhalf Tomos Williams provided a delightful offload to Owen Lane, who sprinted to the line to score Blues’ third try. Then, Williams turned from creator to scorer after receiving an offload from Josh Navidi to dive over for the bonus-point try.
Lewis Jones, on his 100th appearance for the region, capped things off for the hosts with their fifth try of the afternoon to end their European campaign on a high.
For Cardiff Blues:
Tries: Summerhill 2, Lane, T Williams, Jones
Cons: Anscombe 4
Tries: Penalty Try, Mignot
Yellow card: Olly Robinson (Cardiff Blues, 80)
Cardiff Blues: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Owen Lane, 13 Harri Millard, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Aled Summerhil, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Nick Williams (captain), 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Rory Thornton, 4 Macauley Cook, 3 Dmitri Arhip, 2 Liam Belcher, 1 Rhys Carré.
Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 20 Olly Robinson, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Garyn Smith, 23 Matthew Morgan.
Lyon: 15 Toby Arnold, 14 Xavier Mignot, 13 Rudi Wulf, 12 Adrien Seguret, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Jean-Marcellin Buttin, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Liam Gill (captain), 6 Dylan Cretin, 5 Etienne Oosthuizen, 4 Loann Goujon, 3 Kévin Yaméogo, 2 Jeremie Maurouard, 1 Raphael Chaume.
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Alexandre Menini, 18 Hamza Kaabèche, 19 Francois van der Merwe, 20 Deon Fourie, 21 Jean-Marc Doussain, 22 Charlie Ngatai, 23 Quentin Delord.
Referee: Karl Dickson (England)
Assistant referees: Hamish Smales (England), Andrew Jackson (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)