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Rabo ProDirect12: Edinburgh lose fifth successive match against Cardiff Blues
Edinburgh suffered their fifth successive Pro12 defeat with a 17-16 reverse at the hands of Cardiff Blues.
The result was in the balance right to the final whistle as the hosts battled back from a 14-6 half-time deficit. However, they were unable to convert pressure into points and repeat the win they had posted in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign.
Cardiff's Rhys Patchell was in flying form, creating a try for Michael Paterson and securing four penalties.
The hosts bagged a try through Willem Nel, converted by Gregor Hunter, who also booted two penalties, while his replacement Harry Leonard slotted one.
Patchell struck twice with his boot in the first 13 minutes, but Edinburgh hit back and narrowly missed out on a score after a wayward pass by Dave Denton.
Hunter, who had missed with two earlier efforts from long distance, finally found the target to trim the deficit, but Patchell responded immediately to restore the six-point advantage.
Patchell showed his hands were as good as his feet when he danced around two Edinburgh defenders as he drifted into the home 22 to offload to
Paterson who touched down before the interval.
The home team made a lively start to the second period and deservedly grabbed a try in the 49th minute when Dougie Fife carried the ball into contact where Nel was on hand to pick up and force his way over.
Hunter converted before making way for Leonard whose first task was to kick the penalty that had the hosts in the lead for the first time.
A Patchell kick had Cardiff's noses in front again and they managed to hold on despite a series of attacks from their opponents, who will be cursing their luck after a string of errors in sight of the line.RaboDirect Pro 12. Click here to bet.
Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 26th December|
|14:05||Cardiff Blues vs Dragons|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 17th January|
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Rovigo|
|Saturday 24th January|
|TBC||Grenoble vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 31st January|
|15:00||Wasps vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Cardiff Blues vs Leicester|
|Saturday 21st February|
|TBC||Benetton Treviso vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th February|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Edinburgh|
|Saturday 7th March|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs Connacht|
|Saturday 28th March|
|TBC||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Saturday 13th December|
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|London Irish 34 - 23 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 6th December|
|Cardiff Blues 24 - 14 London Irish|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 14th November|
|Cardiff Blues 19 - 13 Scarlets|
|Friday 7th November|
|Newcastle 21 - 22 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Cardiff Blues 24 - 28 Munster|
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