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Heineken Cup: Edinburgh 14-21 Cardiff Blues

Edinburgh (11) 14
Tries: Cairns Pens: Paterson 3
Cardiff Blues (6) 21
Pens: Parks 2, Halfpenny 5

By Jim Mason
BBC Scotland at Murrayfield

Cardiff Blues' Dan Parks was back to torment his old rivals from his Glasgow days
Parks was back to torment his old rivals from his Glasgow days

Cardiff Blues recovered from an 11-6 half-time deficit to defeat Edinburgh at Murrayfield but failed to progress from Pool One in the Heineken Cup.

Dan Parks kicked two penalties for the visitors on a ground where he has excelled for Scotland in recent years.

A first-half try for Edinburgh's Ben Cairns lifted the home crowd before Leigh Halfpenny's boot began to turn the tie in Cardiff's favour.

The Welsh side finish distant runners-up to Northampton, who were unbeaten.

The game took some time to spark into life, with Parks' third-minute penalty the only glimmer of light in a first 10 minutes which saw play bogged down in the middle of the pitch.

Edinburgh tried to go through the phases but were turned over at the breakdown while the visitors found it hard to break the gain line with Edinburgh's first-up tackling hard and accurate.

Scotland international Chris Paterson, playing at stand-off, broke Edinburgh's duck with a 12th-minute penalty slotted over from 35 metres.

The game then suffered from a lengthy delay after a clash of heads between Casey Laulala and Simon Webster resulted in both players leaving the field.

With 21 minutes gone, Blues regained their lead, Halfpenny kicking the first of his penalties from long range.

Edinburgh, who entered the match with one win and four defeats from their first five pool matches, were finding it increasingly difficult to break the Blues defence down and simple handling errors made for faltering progress.

James King, who had replaced Webster, threaded through a precision kick which the visitors' defence failed to deal with under severe pressure from Lee Jones.

Cairns hacked on and outpaced the Blues defence to touch down in the corner.

Paterson failed to land the conversion from out wide but converted his third penalty just before the interval to make it 11-6 to Edinburgh at half-time.

An early exchange of penalties between Paterson and Parks took it to 14-9 after six minutes of the second half.

Both teams enjoyed periods of sustained pressure with the Blues edging the possession. Edinburgh survived a five-metre scrum before the award of a penalty allowed Halfpenny to close the gap to two points.

Cardiff edged in front with another penalty from Halfpenny before the game's defining moment.

Edinburgh's Alan MacDonald was yellow-carded and Blues took full advantage, Halfpenny again splitting the uprights.

There was no way back for Edinburgh and despite the introduction of Greig Laidlaw at stand-off, with Paterson moving to full-back, Edinburgh failed to threaten.

Halfpenny completed his haul late on and, despite replacement Dafydd Hewitt receiving a yellow card, the visitors' lead was untroubled.

Edinburgh: Thompson, L. Jones, Cairns, De Luca, Webster, Paterson, M. Blair, Jacobsen, Ford, Miven, MacLeod, Lozada, Denton, MacDonald, Grant.

Replacements: Laidlaw for De Luca (65), King for Webster (16), Young for Miven (69), MacKenzie for Lozada (58), McInally for Grant (58).

Not Used: Traynor, G. Cross, Samson.

Cardiff Blues: Czekaj, Halfpenny, Laulala, Roberts, Mustoe, Parks, Slater, Yapp, Thomas, Andrews, Jones, Tito, Pretorius, M. Williams, Molitika.

Replacements: Hewitt for Laulala (75), Sweeney for Parks (51), Hobbs for Yapp (70), G. Williams for Thomas (64), Filise for Andrews (61), B. Davies for Jones (61).

Not Used: White, James.

Attendance: 2,379

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland).

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