Stadium: Stadio XXV Aprile Round: 16
Referee: Frank Murphy
|11:11||Time In Opponent's 22||06:06|
|10 Minute Possession||
Just 1c as we approach kick-off in Parma. Huge @PRO14Official game for @cardiff_blues . Follow all the updates here!
We're underway in Parma as Zebre kick off and Lloyd Williams collects. Cardiff Blues exit well and are now in posse… https://t.co/ilJLALlGZ2
Rhun Williams is tackled into touch following a bust from Owen Lane. Good, positive start from the visitors
3' Cardiff Blues have the first chance for points but it is outside of Jarrod Evans' range and we kick to touch
Lovely attacking play as Jarrod Evans links the ball over the Italian rush defence from first phase. Rory Parata cl… https://t.co/qA9d7IhX09
Blues back on the attack and Rhun Williams being brought into play a lot but his pass is intercepted by Parata who looks to go the length
However, Lee-Lo has other ideas as he works tirelessly to get back and cut the full-backs space with the angle, for… https://t.co/ddG2lUueuV
Zebre have kicked a penalty to the 22 and go on the rampage with a 10-man driving line out. They cross the whitewash but are held up
The scrum holds strong and Palazzani snipes for the line but he is held short. A phase later Zebre are held up again
9' The Italians are reward with a penalty and opt to scrum again
11m | A nice set move at the back but Lee-Lo and Evans combine to halt Johan Meyer. They are held up over the line… https://t.co/E7sOpHMENF
Derick Minnie picks up and goes blind but he is well tackled by Olly Robinson, who then goes in for the jackal and forces a huge penalty.
Huge defensive steel displayed during that period of pressure. Jarrod Evans clears
Cardiff Blues back on the attack and Evans utilising his kicking game again. Summerhill looked destined to win the… https://t.co/lH3D3cocOW
Evans continues to cause Zebre problems with his attacking kicking game. Zebre hang on but knock on..
Zebre defence holding up well in the face of multiple phases
22m | Cardiff Blues penalised for straying offside and Bordoli links the ball into the corner.
HUGE maul defence from Cardiff Blues as they force a turnover and scrum
Zebre continue on the attack but they're being met by some equally big hits in defence
Afamasaga busts through and looks for the first score but he is tackled short and is unable to find an offload as C… https://t.co/VdsazuTsmt
27m | TRY - Owen Lane. 0-7
Key interception from Ellis Jenkins in midfield and after juggling the ball he floats a pass over the top. Zebre ma… https://t.co/0OaAOiwYB5
Still plenty to do for the young wing but he eased away from the Zebre defence before stepping inside the full-back… https://t.co/MzKyK2YffR
Cardiff Blues have found a spark now. Jarrod Evans slices through the Italian defence but his pass fails to find Lee-Lo
RT @PRO14Official: The first points are on the board at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, as Owen Lane crosses over for @cardiff_blues against @Zeb…
It looks like Aled Summerhill has claimed a try after winning the race to a kick through to the corner.
Frank Murphy taking his time reviewing this. The home crowd say no try and the Irish official agrees
Cardiff Blues back on the attack as Zebre cough up the ball from the scrum.
but it's an interception try for Giovanbattista Venditti
Again Lee-Lo races back but he is unable to halt the powerful Italian wing
Palazanni converts and we are all square 7-7 after 37 minutes
Murphy has awarded Cardiff Blues a penalty at the breakdown and Ellis Jenkins calls on the tee. Jarrod Evans with t… https://t.co/XRorV9F8Px
Evans treads carefully not to slip in the boggy conditions and just puts the ball over. 7-10 at half-time
The second half is back underway with Cardiff Blues leading 10-7 in bitterly cold conditions in northern Italy
Anton Peikrishvili is so cold he is doing some sort of knee raise dance as he waits for the scrum. Must be a Georgian thing!
Venditti causing problems as he comes in field but Cardiff Blues hold on
The Italians are causing some problems now, keeping the ball alive with some lovely offloads.
A huge try-saving tackle from Rhun Williams who throws himself into contact to clatter Di Giulio into touch following a neat cross-kick
47m | Williams is unable to continue following that brave effort and is replaced by Blaine Scully
Another massive defence jackal from Olly Robinson forces a penalty. Great to see him working in tandem with Ellis J… https://t.co/8Ux1H6ui1S
50m | Scott Andrews is on to replace Anton Peikrishvili.
55m | A spot of danger as Venditti counters from a loose kick but he runs into traffic and the Blues continue to pr… https://t.co/6tKplMkszU
Evans' penalty is on target but falls agonisingly short. 7-10
Jarrod Evans makes a trademark break and finds Lloyd Williams in support on the inside. He offloads out the back to… https://t.co/KlRckjHlGM
Quick hands give Lane half a chance but he is unable to break through.
Cardiff Blues continue in attack but the ball is lost.
60m | Brad Thyer comes on to replace Rhys Gill
60m | Tomos Williams is also on, replacing Lloyd Williams
62m | Shingler replaces Garyn Smith, who has been struggling following a big collision
We continue to profit at the breakdown, this time Rey Lee-Lo forcing a turnover penalty
Still leading 10-7 after 69 minutes
James Down has come on for Damian Welch. Not quite sure when but his clean shirt would suggest in the last minute
Zebre have a penalty and go to touch but they are penalised for crossing.
Lovely kick from Jarrod Evans puts Zebre deep inside their own half. Playing in the right area now with a big six minutes remaining
Ellis Jenkins with a sensational tackle and jackal that forces a Zebre knock on at the breakdown
The game has opened up with lots of errors now but it is all deep inside the Zebre half with the clock ticking down.
Less than two minutes remaining and the Blues now have a scrum just outside the Zebre 22.
Full-time! Zebre 7 Cardiff Blues 10. Not pretty but that is a massive win!
RT @CardiffRugbyWeb: Zebre 7-10 Cardiff Blues FT. An immensely physical battle on a boggy pitch in Parma sees Danny Wilson’s men go 3 from…
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RT @PRO14Official: 🏉#ZEBvCAR 🔵A converted try and a penalty in the first half prove enough for @cardiff_blues to take victory over @ZebreR…