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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 2
- 13th Oct 2013
- KO 12:45
- Ground: Sandy Park
- Att: 8,751
Exeter v Cardiff Blues - Live
80 That's it! Exeter take all five points at Sandy Park. What a comeback from the Blues to save one bonus point, but the result was effectively over by half time. Thanks for joining us, Cheers!
79 YELLOW CARD, CARDIFF, BREEZE. Well, that should end an tension. Replacement hooker Marc Breeze is sent to the bin for a late shoulder charge.
77 The Blues are finishing strongly as Lewis Jones makes a break to take play into the Chiefs 22. A chip ahead is cleaned up by Matt Jess but the Welsh side are really on top in the closing stages.
74 PENALTY, EXETER, SLADE. 44-29 There are relieved sighs all around Sandy Park as Henry Slade adds from points from long range. Chiefs are back to 15 men and now three scores clear.
73 CONVERSION, HALFPENNY. 41-29. Wow, one more try and Cardiff will have a second bonus point!
72 TRY, CARDIFF, ROBINSON. 41-27. There's the bonus point! Harry Robinson has acres of space to work with after a long pass out wide. An Exeter player was down injured, effectively leaving the home side with just 12 defenders.
70 How the momentum has swung. Even the Exeter scrum is under pressure now...but why, oh why, has Cory Allen kicked it away? When you've got 2 extra men, you MUST hang onto the ball.
68 Halfpenny's conversion attempt hits the upright. That's happened a lot today! The result is probably not in question but the Blues are just one try short of a bonus point...
66 TRY, CARDIFF, CUTHBERT. 41-22. It had to happen eventually...Exeter run out of numbers out wide and Cuthbert can race in from 25-odd metres out.
64 Inaccuracy costs Cardiff again as a knock-on gives the scrum to Exeter 5m from the hosts' line. Free kick to Exeter at the scrum for going down. The pressure is relieved.
63 YELLOW CARD, EXETER, NAQELEVUKI. Chiefs are now down to 13 men!!! It's a very harsh call on Sireli Naqelevuki, who is sent to the bin for a high tackle Harry Robinson.
62 YELLOW CARD, EXETER, WHITTEN. The hosts are down to 14 men for a deliberate knock-on from Ian Whitten.
60 CONVERSION, HALFPENNY. The Blues are 'winning' the second half 14-5.
59 TRY, CARDIFF, COPELAND. 41-15. Second try for the Blues, in almost identical fashion to the first as Robin Copeland bursts clear with no one in sight. They're halfway to a four-try bonus point!
58 Exeter bring on more firepower as Sireli Naqelevuki replaces Jason Shoemark, who is injured.
56 CONVERSION, HALFPENNY. 41-10. Easy extras.
55 TRY, CARDIFF, WILLIAMS. 41-8. At last something positive for the visitors as Lloyd Williams finds a gap next to a ruck and takes off to cross untouched.
54 Steenson's conversion effort bounces off the upright.
53 TRY, EXETER, WHITTEN. 41-3. A great step and go from Steenson splits the Cardiff defence wide open. Ian Whitten is on his shoulder and has the gas to sprint home. That's six tries...
51 The Blues eventually clear their lines off the back of retreating scrum but you sense it's just a matter of time before we see Exeter cross again.
49 Patchell hands any momentum Cardiff had built up over to the hosts as he kicks directly into touch. It's not long before the Chiefs spread it wide and Vainikolo turns on the gas to charge into the Blues' 22 after a great offload from Shoemark.
48 It's been all-Cardiff since the restart but another sustained period of pressure is fruitless after Steenson intercepts and sprints up to the 10m line before being dragged down.
45 A solid enough start from the Blues in the second half has gotten them nowhere. The Exeter scrum wins another penalty to allow Patchell to relieve some pressure.
43 Inaccuracy costs the Blues again as a handful of players are in from the side at a ruck. Exeter never really looked troubled on defence.
41 Here we go for the second half. Cardiff start with the penalty after the Chiefs are off their feet at the first ruck. Rees tells Patchell to kick for the corner.
40 HALF TIME: EXETER CHIEFS 36-3 CARDIFF BLUES
40 CONVERSION, STEENSON. 36-3. Only the half-time hooter can end the pain for Cardiff. Will the Chiefs get 50 today? It looks likely!
38 TRY, EXETER, WHITE. 34-3. Well, this is just embarrassing for the Blues now. Five tries before the break. Every Exeter runner is getting over the gainline and the gaps are opening up everywhere. Ben White has an easy finish between two defenders.
36 Cardiff enjoy a brief foray in the Exeter red zone but it doesn't last long. Soon they're under the cosh again with the latest wave of Exeter runners.
33 Cardiff have already missed 18 tackles! You're not going to get anywhere in Europe like that!
31 CONVERSION, CARDIFF. 29-3.
30 TRY, EXETER, VAINIKOLO! 27-3. That's the bonus point! Shocking effort from Cuthbert out wide with a poor attempted tackle. Vainikolo onl;y had one more to beat to race home!
28 CONVERSION, STEENSON. 22-3
27 TRY, EXETER,JESS. 20-3. Oh my! The Chiefs are on fire! Phil Dollman is at the origin of another swift attack. Matt Jess is the one to finish it off under the sticks as the Cardiff defence falls apart.
26 CONVERSION, STEENSON. 15-3
25 TRY, EXETER, MUMM. 13-3. That is Mumm's fourth try in six games...not bad for a lock! The Cardiff line-out is stolen and Exeter put on another display of offloading. There are too many gaps in the Cardiff defence and Mumm can race over!
23 Rhys Patchell does well to chase his own kick ahead to put pressure on Vainikolo. Tom Johnson comes to the rescue and hacks the ball away into touch.
21 Dollman gains good territory for Exeter with a loooong kick for touch but the good work is undone by Mumm, who is blown up for sacking the Blues jumper in the air.
19 Halfpenny kicks into the corner from a penalty, this is the Blues' best chance of the game so far. The ball comes wide to Cuthbert, who is stopped just short. But the Lions wing doesn't release so Steenson can relieve the pressure from the penalty.
17 Cardiff have made 37 tackles. Exeter have made...9
15 PENALTY, CARDIFF, STEENSON. 8-3. The scoreboard does not reflect the home side's superiority at the moment but Cardiff couldn't possibly continue to make this many tackles for the whole 80 minutes.
13 PENALTY, CARDIFF, HALFPENNY. 5-3. Perfect response from the visitors as Halfpenny hits the target from long range after the Chiefs are pinged for holding on.
11 Gareth Steenson misses the conversion but the home side will be happy with their start.
9 TRY, EXETER, JOHNSON! 5-0. Wonderful stuff from Exeter. I lost count of the phases as they worked the ball up for the better part of 80m to score as Tom Johnson burrows his way over!
7 The Cardiff scrum gets crabbed across the field, allowing the Exeter backs to have a go. Great hands from the hosts as the run their way from their own 22 right up to the Cardiff 22. Fabulous stuff!
5 Another high ball, another knock on, this time from Cory Allen on the Chiefs 22. No real fireworks so far.
3 The Cardiff scrum is steady 5m from their own line. It isn't the cleanest service Rhys Patchell has ever seen but he can clear. A bit of kick tennis ends with Fetu'u Vainikolo spilling a high ball. Scrum to Cardiff on halfway.
1 Here we go! Gareth Steenson kicks us off. The Blues, who are in pink, take it in, Lloyd Williams kicks for territory. Exeter are keen to keep ball in hand and have a go.
Team news: Centre Dafydd Hewitt is recalled to the starting line-up as Cardiff Blues.Hewitt, who last week made his 100th appearance for the region, is named at inside centre as Cory Allen switches to outside centre. Director of Rugby Phil Davies makes no further changes to the side that defeated Edinburgh last time out.
Team news: Tongan international Fetu'u Vainikolo will make his first start for Exeter. Jason Shoemark returns at centre in place of Sam Hil. The promotion of Vainikolo means his spot on the bench is filled by Fijian powerhouse Sireli Naqelevuki.
Hello and welcome to Sandy Park for the start of our Sunday coverage of the Heineken Cup. Exeter ruffled a lot of feathers last season and will hope to do the same this term, starting with a clash against the Blues. Kick off is approaching, don't go away.
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