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Pro14 Rainbow Cup: Cardiff Blues 37-12 Zebre

Gwilym Bradley on his strategy to Cardiff Blues opening strive helped by James Botham and Seb Davies
Cardiff Blues (22) 37
Tries: Bradley, Botham, Fish, Penalty strive, Millard Cons: J Evans 2 Pens: J Evans 2
Zebre (7) 12
Tries: Bruno, Mori Cons: Canna

Cardiff Blues accomplished their season with a Pro14 Rainbow Cup victory over 14-man Zebre.

The house aspect managed tries from Gwilym Bradley, James Botham, Dan Fish, Harri Millard and a penalty strive with Jarrod Evans including 10 factors.

Zebre battled again by tries from Pierre Bruno and Federico Mori scored earlier than alternative Cristian Stoian was pink carded.

The ill-disciplined guests have been additionally handed three yellow playing cards.

The scoreline suggests a compelling contest, however this stop-start affair was something however as Zebre repeatedly gave away penalties and the tv match official was regularly introduced into play.

It was the final match the group performed below the title Cardiff Blues with the area rebranding to Cardiff Rugby from 1 August, 2021.

The house aspect had rested 2021 British and Irish Lions wing Josh Adams for the sport, which was once more performed behind closed doorways, with the Welsh authorities saying crowds shall be allowed again at sporting stadiums from Monday, 7 June.

Evans opened the scoring with a penalty earlier than hooker Oliviero Fabiani was yellow carded for collapsing a maul.

The hosts instantly took benefit with a primary strive for flanker Bradley adopted by a Botham rating as Blues scored 12 factors with the additional man.

Wing Fish, who had impressed together with his left-foot kicking, was the beneficiary of a flowing transfer involving full-back Matthew Morgan for the third strive.

Zebre battled again with a well-worked strive for wing Bruno after a intelligent delayed move from Italy fly-half Carlo Canna, who additionally transformed the rating simply earlier than half-time.

The Italian aspect produced an much more spectacular effort at first of the second-half with centre Mori sprinting away to attain.

Zebre have been once more diminished to 14 males as prop Daniele Rimpelli was proven a yellow card for an unlawful ruck clear-out on Cardiff Blues captain Josh Turnbull.

The controversial captain’s problem, one of many trial legal guidelines launched within the Pro14 Rainbow Cup, as soon as extra slowed up the sport as each side failed with makes an attempt to achieve penalties.

Evans kicked a penalty earlier than Stoian was proven a pink card for an unlawful clear-out on the top of Wales scrum-half Tomos Williams.

Zebre have been diminished to 13 males after Canna was sin-binned for intentionally slapping the ball out of play with Blues awarded a penalty strive as they secured a bonus level.

A uncommon second of sophistication noticed centre Ben Thomas launch alternative wing Millard for the fifth strive earlier than referee Ben Blain mercifully blew the whistle to finish an agonising affair that lasted greater than two hours.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan; Jason Harries, Willis Halaholo, Ben Thomas, Dan Fish; Jarrod Evans, Lloyd Williams; Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher, Dillon Lewis, Seb Davies, Cory Hill, James Botham, Gwilym Bradley, Josh Turnbull (capt).

Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Rhys Carre, Dmitri Arhip, Rory Thornton, Alun Lawrence, Tomos Williams, Harri Millard, Rey Lee-Lo.

Zebre: Michelangelo Biondelli; Pierre Bruno, Federico Mori, Enrico Lucchin, Giovanni D’Onofrio; Carlo Canna, Guglielmo Palazzani (capt); Daniele Rimpelli, Oliviero Fabiani, Eduardo Bello, Samuel Ortis, Leonard Krumov, Maxime Mbanda, Iacopo Bianchi, Renato Giammarioli.

Replacements: Marco Manfredi, Paolo Buonfiglio, Matteo Norcera, Cristian Stoian, Giovanni Licata, Nicole Casilio, Jacopa Trulla, Filippo Di Marco.

Referee: Ben Blain (SRU)

Assistant referees: Dan Jones, Mike English (each WRU)

TMO: Ian Davies (WRU).

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