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  • Evans,
    Penalty goals: Patchell,
    Conversions: Patchell,
10 - 6

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  • Penalty goals: Homer (2),
  • LV= Cup
  • Round
  • 1st Feb 2013
  • KO 19:30
  • Ground: Cardiff Arms Park
  • Att: 5,938

LV= Cup: London Irish fall to defeat at the hands of Cardiff Blues

Last updated: 1st February 2013   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Gavin Evans Cardiff Blues 2012

Gavin Evans: scored the only try of the game

Cardiff Blues Rhys Patchell kicks a penalty

Rhys Patchell contributed five points to help Cardiff edge out London Irish

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London Irish face an anxious wait after they fell to a 10-6 LV= Cup defeat to Cardiff at Cardiff Arms Park.

After contributing to their own downfall with an error-strewn performance in Wales, the Exiles are now reliant on Worcester beating Saracens on Saturday if they are to reach the semi-finals.

The Blues were there for the taking with nine senior players on Six Nations duty with Wales, and visiting full-back Tom Homer slotted the first points of the game with a penalty midway through the first half.

Home fly-half Rhys Patchell then passed up the chance to level with a Cardiff penalty but played a big part in the build-up to the game's only try soon afterwards.

His well-placed grubber kick bounced awkwardly for the retreating Homer, who could only spill possession and allow Blues acting captain Gavin Evans to pounce and touch down - Patchell converting neatly.

Homer's misery was compounded as a second penalty moments before the interval rebounded off a post, and the hosts emerged for the second half determined to protect their fragile lead.

Guy Armitage served notice of Irish intentions with a scything break through the midfield, and Homer eventually cut the deficit to 7-6 when he booted through the posts to capitalise on a penalty from a scrum.

But having missed one chance to restore the breathing space, Patchell coolly knocked over a second and some valiant defence at the death denied Irish the try they needed to be sure of a place in the last four.

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