Sunday, April 19, 2009
The Cardiff Blues picked up their third victory of the season against Gloucester yesterday, winning the EDF Energy Cup final at Twickenham.
Young Welsh winger Leigh Halfpenny scored two tries, and Tom James a third, as the Blues raced to a 22-5 half time lead.
Two second half tries from Ben Blair, a breakaway score by Ceri Sweeney, and Tom Shanklins converted effort all contributed to bringing up the half century as Gloucester couldnt cope with the Blues confident game.
Gloucester scored a first half try from Mark Foster, as well as a late penalty try, but they werent in the match as Cardiff dominated, continuing their fine form after their impressive win over Toulouse in the Heineken Cup last weekend.
Martin Williams put in another Man of the Match performance, and Halfpenny and Shanklin made further claims for Lions honours, as head coach Ian McGeechan and his assistant Shaun Edwards were in the crowd.
In unfortunate news, Jason Spice has played his last game for the Blues as he broke his arm and will be out for the rest of the season. He was injured in the second minute of the game, and will be leaving in the summer for Bristol.