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Cardiff snatch victory from Cheetahs, Edinburgh hold on at home

By Alex Fisher
Cardiff Blues kicker Gareth Anscombe

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Cardiff Blues produced a scintillating final 15 minutes to come from 11 points behind and secure a stunning Pro 14 victory over the Cheetahs.


Converted second-half tries from Sibahle Maxwane and Benhard Janse van Rensburg put the Cheetahs on course for their first win of the season, but they were unable to hold out against Cardiff’s late surge.

Just as they had done in the first half, Cardiff refused to lie down and – after a lengthy spell of pressure – found an opening for Lloyd Williams to cross.

Gareth Anscombe converted to put Cardiff within a score of victory, and four minutes later it duly arrived as Olly Robinson touched down.

Another conversion from Anscombe took his points tally to nine, helping the Blues record a 24-21 triumph in Group A.

There was another tense encounter at Murrayfield as Edinburgh clung on to earn a hard-fought 31-30 win over Benetton Treviso.


Hosts Edinburgh had dominated the opening 40 minutes and led 24-15 after tries from Matt Scott, Duhan van der Merwe and Blair Kinghorn – with Simon Hickey adding nine points from the tee.

Treviso refused to give in, though, and the Italians would have secured victory had Tommaso Allan and Ian McKinley added the extras to any of their four second-half tries.

Marco Fuser, Luca Sperandio and Marco Barbini all crossed after half-time, yet Treviso still finished agonisingly short of a third win of the campaign.

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