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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 2
- 19th Oct 2013
- KO 13:35
- Ground: Cardiff Arms Park
- Att: 12,472
Cardiff Blues v Toulon - Live
80 Cardiff Blues tackle their hearts out at the death as Toulon throw the kitchen sink at the Welsh. It wasn't enough as the home side hold on which cues a pitch invasion. Amazing scenes at the Arms Park!
79 CONVERSION, CARDIFF BLUES, HALFPENNY! 19-15! He does just that. One minute to hang on for the Blues.
78 TRY, CARDIFF BLUES, DAVIES! 17-15! Gareth Davies is the hero as sustained pressure from the Blues leads to the replacement powering his way over. Great tenacity shown and Halfpenny will add the two.
76 Chance here for Cardiff Blues though as Michalak's sent a shocking pass back from a scrum that goes all the way to Mermoz. Unfortunately for him he knocks it forward. Net result, a Blues scrum 20 out.
73 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 12-15! Tuisova almost catches Cardiff Blues cold when he breaks down the right wing. However, he decides to chip over Halfpenny and is taken out. Wilkinson kicks the three.
69 PENALTY, CARDIFF BLUES, HALFPENNY! 12-12! Well well well. Delon Armitage had a hand in at ruck time so another opportunity went the way of the Blues. Halfpenny made no mistake with a difficult wide shot!
67 Cardiff Blues almost tie things up after Lobbe went off his feet at ruck time, but Patchell's strike from 55 metres is wide. Toulon seem to be losing their cool here at the Arms Park as time wears on.
64 Well it was almost more points for Toulon there as replacement Bourrust was caught offside, leading to Wilkinson lining one up from halfway. His effort fell just short however so Cardiff remain in touch.
62 That has lifted the home supporters, with a lot of pink hats visible in the crowd today. They seem happier now and the sight of some sunshine surely helps with that. Can they continue their recovery?
59 PENALTY, CARDIFF BLUES, HALFPENNY! 9-12! The Blues are back to within three thanks to a scrum penalty.
58 Some rare good news for Cardiff though as Armitage's clearing kick rolls all the way dead in-goal. We subsequently come all the way back for an attacking Blues scrum just 20 metres out. Big chance here.
57 Play is just inside the Toulon 22 and it's a French scrum that went well last time. Dominance here.
54 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 6-12! A scrum penalty eventually leads to three simple points for Wilko.
53 But the French side have been gifted an opportunity to get on the board once more as a poor pass to Halfpenny in his own 22 leads to the full-back fumbling. Toulon scrum in centre field, fifteen out.
51 He's missed. Just wide from Wilkinson.
50 The breakdown appears to be being won by Toulon so far in this half as this time the Blues could find themselves coughing up three points because of it. Wilkinson is lining one up from 40 metres or so.
48 But nothing comes of that as prop Andrews binds incorrectly. A very scrappy start to this second-half.
47 This is much better from the Blues as they run well through Allen on the 22. It is a home scrum now.
45 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON! 6-9! No mistake from the fly-half.
But now the good of Botha as his tackle leads to Armitage winning a turnover so back come Toulon upfield. They soon have a penalty advantage for taking out the lifter so Wilkinson can strike here.
43 Toulon are enjoying the early ball here until side entry from Botha leads to possession being given away. An early gift for the Blues then as Copeland receives a bit of medical treatment on his head.
41 Welcome back to the Arms Park where the rain continues to fall. Toulon have brought on Carl Hayman in one of three changes to their front-row for the second-half. Alex Cuthbert is off for Cardiff Blues.
40 HALF TIME: CARDIFF BLUES 6-6 TOULON
40 That's it for the first half. Not the most exciting game in history but Cardiff have every chance of sneaking an upset here in very difficult conditions. We'll be back in ten minutes.
38 PENALTY, CARDIFF, HALFPENNY. 6-6. Much easier penalty this time for Halfpenny, who sends it down the middle. Castro the guilty party for playing the ball on the deck.
36 Halfpenny MISSES from just inside his own half. The rain is chucking down, so it was always going to be a tough task.
36 A long interval now as the TMO has a look for suspected foul play from Bakkies Botha. It looks like there is nothing in it...but the TMO recommends a penalty for an arm to the face. That's a pedantic if you ask me.
35 RAIN! Lots of it. Heavy, driving rain.
34 Toulon get out of jail as the ref penalises Scott Andrews for going down in the scrum. That's a harsh call.
32 Delon Armitage is punished for trying to be too smart, chipping over the top after collecting the ball in the corner...he knocks on as he tries to regather and Cardiff have a great attacking opportunity with a scrum inside the Toulon 22. Silly boy!
30 Kicking is the names of the game. Patchell finds touch with a clever kick into Toulon territory. That'll boost the Cardiff pack as they trot to the line-out.
28 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON. 3-6. Easy does it for Wilko. Toulon move ahead for the first time.
27 Toulon keep it tight as they build in centre field. Filo Paulo tackles Xavier Chiocci without the ball...penalty.
25 Turnover after the scrum and Toulon clear. Patchell imitates Wilkinson and kicks it straight out. Line-out to Toulon on the Cardiff 10m line.
23 A loud "booooo" goes up from the crowd who reckon Copeland is pulled back after breaking and chipping ahead. Wilkinson gets back to clean up but kicks it straight out after carrying it into his 22. Scrum to Cardiff inside the Toulon 22.
21 PENALTY, TOULON, WILKINSON. 3-3. Jonny doesn't miss from there. We're all square.
20 Trouble here for Cardiff as Patchell fumbles an easy pass inside his own 22. Toulon force the penalty at scrum time. Wilko should slot this.
18 Toulon create a try out of nothing. Great skill from Josua Tuisova, who makes the initial break. Steffon Armitage hacks it ahead...Tuisova toes it ahead and then follows up to score!...wait...NO!! The TMO is called upon and he reckons the first pass from Tuisova to Armitage was forward. Harsh call!
16 More kicking...then some more kicking, followed by...more kicking. Eventually Alex Cuthbert has a go but is sacked in midfield. Two phases later and it's turned over. More kick tennis...it all ends in a line-out to Toulon inside on own 10m line.
14 Jenkins v Castrogiovanni is a real tussle as the teams pack down a few times on the halfway line. Eventually it comes out and, once again, Michalak kicks it high. Cardiff counter through Harry Robinson, who sprints 30m! But the penalty goes against Cardiff at the first breakdown as Patchell takes a man out before he gets to the ruck.
12 There is a light drizzle falling and both teams are looking to take advantage of the slippery ball with lots of up-and-unders. It's very hard for the full-backs...expect lots of scrums today, which will suit Toulon.
10 Toulon give away a free kick for going early but Copeland fumbles as he tries to take it quickly! Wilko sends play back into the Cardiff half off the back of a solid Toulon scrum.
9 Everything is going perfectly for Patchell, who tests Armitage with a high ball. The Toulon full-back can't hold on. It's hacked ahead but the ball goes over the deadball line, we'll come back for the scrum on the 22 where Armitage knocked on.
7 The early momentum is with the Blues as Patchell thumps another long kick to find touch. Toulon's first attack has the Blues under pressure though as they run it off the back of the line-out. Michalak feeds a scrum inside the Blues' 22 but it's not in straight...a let off for the Blues and Patchell can clear.
5 PENALTY, CARDIFF, PATCHELL. 3-0. Huge kick from the young fly-half to draw first blood for the home side!
3 Solid enough start from Cardiff, who keep it in hand to build up to the halfway line. Penalty! Patchell will have a crack from over 50m!
1 Here we go! Rhys Patchell kicks us off at Arms Park. Bakkies Botha rises high to take it in. Wilkinson goes high with his first kick. In bounces in the middle of a bunch of players and Cardiff can attack. Nope..it's spilt again. Some kick tennis follows before Wilko finds touch deep inside the Cardiff half.
Cardiff team news: Robin Copeland has been named at number eight in place of Andries Pretorius for the Blues, whilst the other change to the team sees talented centre Owen Williams recalled to partner Cory Allen in midfield.
Toulon team news: Jonny Wilkinson starts and is captain despite being a doubt earlier in the week due to a hand injury. Steffon Armitage starts at openside flanker in place of Joe Van Niekerk.
Hello and welcome to Cardiff Arms Park where the champions of Europe have come to town hunting five points. It may sound harsh, but after Toulon's demolition of Glasgow last week and the Blues' capitulation in Exeter, it's hard to see the hosts winning today. Kick-off is approaching...don't go away!
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