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- Guinness PRO12
- 22nd Apr 2012
- KO 14:05
- Ground: Cardiff Arms Park
- Att: 3,580
Blues cruise past Edinburgh
Cuthbert scores hat-trick as Cardiff run in five tries
The Blues ended a five-match losing streak with a 38-13 victory over an Edinburgh side with more than half an eye on next week's Heineken Cup semi-final.
Wales Grand Slam hero Alex Cuthbert, widely expected to join the club's summer exodus to France, signed off with three tries in a man-of-the-match performance.
Despite an early penalty by Edinburgh fly-half Phil Godman, the Blues dominated the first-half territory, their scrum showing much improvement after last week's battering by the Ospreys.
Two of the six players definitely leaving this month, New Zealanders Ben Blair and Casey Laulala, made incisive breaks to create the position from which scrum-half Lloyd Williams dived over for their opening try, which Blair converted.
The Scots seemed to have survived a dangerous gallop by left-wing Tom James, thanks to a fine tackle by veteran Chris Paterson, but then overthrew the resultant lineout, lost possession and were unable to prevent a try in the corner by Cuthbert.
Godman dropped a goal to open the second half, but Edinburgh went down to 14 men when centre John Houston was binned for a high tackle on James.
After typical alertness by flanker Martyn Williams, in the final appearance of an outstanding career, the Blues ran a quick penalty and Cuthbert broke a couple of tentative tackles to reach the flag.
Skipper Bradley Davies' athleticism in the lineout paved the way for 20-year-old No 8 Luke Hamilton to barge over for the bonus-point score, before Cuthbert completed his hat-trick after popping up in the centre.
Young replacement fly-half Harry Leonard showed promise with a neat individual try, touching down his own grubber kick, to give Edinburgh some encouragement, but Blues had the last word with dreadlocked flanker Josh Navidi scoring after a break by fellow replacement Kristian Dacey.
Blair added three second-half conversions to round off a comprehensive victory over a young Edinburgh line-up for whom skipper Roddy Grant, in an unaccustomed role at No 8, was particularly impressive.
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|Friday 10th April|
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