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Cardiff prevail in Italy

24th September 2010 20:53

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Blair: Scored for the Blues

Cardiff Blues eased to a 19-7 Magners League victory over Treviso at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo in Italy by virtue of a one-sided first half on Friday.

The Welsh side led 13-0 at the interval through Ben Blair's try and eight points from Dan Parks.

The Scotland fly-half added a further penalty and a second drop-goal in the second period, with Antonio Pavanello's converted try providing the hosts' only response.

Parks set the Blues on their way with a third-minute penalty, but both he and Leigh Halfpenny missed further place-kicks before Parks slotted a drop-goal to make it 6-0.

That was how it stayed until five minutes before half-time. Parks missed another penalty, but he was accurate with his conversion after New Zealand full-back Blair crossed.

Treviso made a host of substitutions early in the second half and had a chance to get themselves on the scoreboard, but Tobie Botes missed a penalty.

They finally registered shortly before the hour mark as Italy lock Pavanello touched down for a score improved by Botes.

Parks popped over another penalty with 11 minutes remaining and his drop-goal with three minutes left rounded off the win.

The scorers:

For Treviso:
Try: Pavanello
Con: Botes

For Cardiff Blues:
Try: Blair


Con: Parks
Pens: Parks 2
Drop: Parks 2

Treviso: 15 Brendan Williams, 14 Joe Maddock, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Kristopher Burton, 9 Tobie Botes, 8 Manoa Vosawai, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Marco Filippucci, 5 Corniel van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello (captain), 3 Pedro Di Santo, 2 Franco Sbaraglini, 1 Augusto Allori.
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Enrico Pavanello, 20 Robert Barbieri, 21 Paul Derbyshire, 22 Fabio Semenzato, 23 Simon Picone Franco.

Cardiff: 15 Ben Blair, 14 Leigh Halfpenny, 13 Tom Shanklin, 12 Dafydd Hewitt, 11 Tom James, 10 Dan Parks, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Ma'ama Molitika, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Michael Paterson, 5 Paul Tito (captain), 4 Deiniol Jones, 3 Fa'ao Filise, 2 T Rhys Thomas, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Tom Davies, 18 John Yapp, 19 Andries Pretorius, 20 Sam Warburton, 21 Gareth Cooper, 22 Ceri Sweeney, 23 Gavin Evans.

Referee: Andrew McMenemy (Scotland)

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