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Match Report: Cardiff Blues 38 Worcester Warriors 53

04 Feb 2017
Match Report: Cardiff Blues 38 Worcester Warriors 53

An electric eight-try showing from Worcester Warriors saw them take a huge win against Cardiff Blues for their second Anglo-Welsh Cup success of the season.

Full-back Josh Adams scored a first-half brace, while Rapava Ruskin, Sam Lewis and Wynand Olivier scored in a frantic first 40 minutes.

It was to get better with Olivier scoring a second, while Bryce Heem and Francois Hougaard also got on the scoresheet at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

Harri Millard’s double alongside scores from Cam Dolan, Tomos Williams and Jarrod Evans helped the hosts fight back in a match to remember in Wales.

Ryan Mills, celebrating his 50th Warriors appearance, almost capped his day in perfect style just moments into the match, but while his penalty from close to halfway didn’t lack power, the accuracy kept the game scoreless.

That effort exemplified a dominant start from the Warriors as Mills made no mistake a few minutes later, while it was to get better just moments after as Adams crossed for the game’s first score.

The full-back profited from a superb run from Hougaard, setting his fellow back skipping away down the right for he and Heem to combine and set the visitors ahead.

But with Steve Shingler immediately cutting the deficit back to seven points, the signs of a far from easy afternoon were certainly in place against the Blues.

It proved so even before 20 minutes were out, Dolan the architect of a wonderful interception-try, turning on the after-burners to run his side back to parity as Shingler kicked the extras.

And there was no let-up in BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park entertainment as Warriors once again took the lead with some brilliant work from the pack seeing Rapava Ruskin emerge with the score, while Lewis completed the breathless double salvo.

The flanker charged down a Blues clearance to run in under the posts, a fourth try of the match after just 23 minutes of rugby, Mills again adding the extras.

Still Worcester poured forward, and by 30 minutes the bonus point game through Adams’ second score, beating the winger after excellent work from Olivier and Chris Vui, the latter using his height to perfectly spot the chance.

At 29-10, the visitors were undoubtedly enjoying the best of the half, a scoreline getting better by the minute as Olivier was the latest man to run in an intercept try, pouncing with precision for his side’s fifth score.

Still with more in the tank in the first-half, a lovely dummy and run from Cardiff’s Jarrod Evans saw Millard set away to end a pulsating first 40 minutes at 17-36.

And the frantic rugby continued as Blues fought back, the pace of the game continuing through a quick tap-and-go from Williams, dotting down to wrestle his side back in contention.

For a few moments at least, as Worcester continued from their first-half display as Heem once again got himself onto the scoreboard, with the Kiwi executing a beautiful dummy after being found by Hougaard.

By now, the option of penalty points was nullified by Warriors, choosing to hit the corner at every opportunity, a plan that proved its worth when the pack once again marauded their way across the try line, starting to run rampant at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

And try number eight was to come just moments later as Olivier got in on the Anglo-Welsh Cup double act, stretching his way over despite the pressure of a plethora of Blues tackles.

Yet the visitors were not giving up without a fight, as an excellent try from Evans saw him chip over the visiting defence, a fantastic individual score late in the contest.

But that merely proved to be a consolation against a magnificent Warriors side, securing their second Anglo-Welsh Cup victory in the process.