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Match Reaction: Cardiff Blues 21 London Irish 42

Match Reaction: Cardiff Blues 21 London Irish 42

Arno Botha scored his first London Irish try as the Exiles secured a six-try 42-21 success over Cardiff Blues though their hopes of a semi-final place rest on games elsewhere.

Irish moved to the top of pool four on Friday night but must wait to see how Leicester Tigers and Newcastle Falcons do later in the weekend to see if they progress.

Ofisa Treviranus went over twice for Irish with Alex Lewington, Tom Fowlie and Joe Cokanasiga also got on the scoresheet in Cardiff to secure the Exiles second Anglo-Welsh Cup win.

Man of the Match – Ofisa Treviranus 

The powerful No.8 scored twice to secure the man of the match award but it was the power in his running which really caught the eye as he forced his way over in the first half.

His second after the break capped off an excellent performance.

Try of the Match 

Alex Lewington may be leaving Irish at the end of the season but there’s no stopping his try-scoring exploits at the moment.

But it was the inch-perfect Theo Brophy Clews’ crossfield kick which created this score which Lewington collected to dot down.

Moment of the Match

Arno Botha was a threat to the Cardiff Blues defence throughout and his first London Irish try proved key.

With the scores level at 14-14, Botha’s went in under the posts to give his side a vital lead at the break, something they only extended in the second 40.

What They Said

Cardiff Blues’ Seb Davies said: “It was a good experience for everyone, playing a Premiership team.

“They are at the bottom but they’re still competing very well, they have a few All Blacks in their team so it was good for the youngsters boys especially to get out there and put the jersey on.

“I’ve been out since Boxing Day so it’s nice to get out and have a run around. There were a few new faces on the field as well so it was good to get on alongside them.”

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