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Match Report: Cardiff Blues 21 London Irish 42

02 Feb 2018
Match Report: Cardiff Blues 21 London Irish 42

Ofisa Treviranus scored twice to help London Irish move to the top of Pool 4 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup with a comfortable seven-try 42-21 win over Cardiff Blues on Friday night.

Irish have done all they can to secure a semi-final spot but must hope that both Leicester Tigers and Newcastle Falcons fail to win their respective fixtures.

Alex Lewington, Treviranus and Arno Botha went over in the first half though Aled Summerhill and Seb Davies scores halted the visitors progress.

But Treviranus secured the bonus point before Tom Fowlie and Joe Cokanasiga added gloss to the scoreline with James Marshall nailing all six conversions.

Lewington opened the scoring when he collected a crossfield kick but Summerhill replied when he gathered Ryan Edwards offload after a delicate Blues grubber.

Treviranus crashes over to restore the Exiles lead only for Seb Davies to dot down in the corner with Steve Shingler adding his second conversion to make it 14-14.

Flanker Botha then touched down for his first Irish try underneath the posts though Piet van Zyl could also take credit for creating the attacking spark.

No.8 Treviranus had his second shortly after the break and a 40-metre break from Botha then led to Fowlie’s score as Irish led 35-14 after 67 minutes.

Corey Domachowski pulled another score back for the hosts, which Shingler converted, but Irish would have the final say in the closing minutes.

Captain Johnny Williams broke through the Blues defence and found Cokanasiga on his shoulder with the winger scoring the sixth try of the evening.

Marshall completed his perfect night with the boot by slotting his sixth conversion of the night to seal a fine night for Nick Kennedy’s side.

Attendance: 3,123

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