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Cardiff Blues maintain hopes of Champions Cup spot alive with essential win

Cardiff Blues saved the strain on the Scarlets within the hunt for Champions Cup qualification with a bonus level victory away to Benetton.

The Italian facet appeared heading in the right direction for his or her first win of the season after main 14-3 shortly earlier than half-time. However 26 unanswered factors ensured Cardiff saved their hopes of a third-place end in Convention B alive heading into the ultimate spherical of fixtures.

Benetton took the lead after 11 minutes, with Ratuva Tavuyara squeezing within the nook after some neat fingers to get it out broad.

The boot of Ben Thomas obtained the away facet on the scoreboard, however Benetton would stretch additional forward in considerably controversial circumstances shortly earlier than half-time.

Referee Gianluca Gnecchi was fast to award a strive when prop Ivan Nemer burrowed over, however replays failed to indicate a conclusive grounding.

Nonetheless, having already awarded the strive, all of the TMO may do was deem there was no clear proof to overrule the unique determination.

From there, essential scores both facet of the break put Dai Younger’s males in entrance.

The primary got here on the stroke of half-time, with some affected person build-up play leading to Kieran Assiratti forcing his manner over from close-range.

Then, mere minutes after the restart, Aled Summerhill stepped by means of some smooth deal with makes an attempt to attain after an preliminary burst from Ellis Jenkins.

That marked a turning level within the match. Whereas every little thing within the first-half had largely gone Benetton’s manner, the other was true within the second as Cardiff Blues appeared the much better crew.

They prolonged their lead shortly after the hour mark as Corey Domachowski pressured his manner over from close-range following a spell of strain close to the Benetton line.

And the bonus level was wrapped up with ten minutes left after Thomas obtained his fingers free in midfield to place Rey Lee-lo beneath the sticks.

Scorers:

Benetton

Tries: R.Tavuyara, I. Nemer; Cons: T. Allan (2)

Cardiff Blues

Tries: Ok. Assiratti, A. Summerhill, C. Domachowski, R. Lee-lo; Cons: J. Evans (3); Pens: B. Thomas

See how the motion unfolded beneath: