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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 January 2007, 19:14 GMT
Blues 27-24 Bourgoin
Blues outside-half Nicky Robinson
Robinson took the place-kicking duties for the Blues

Blues: (17) 27
Tries: Blair (2), Macloed
Cons: N Robinson (3)
Pens: N Robinson (2)

Bourgoin: (5) 24
Tries: Khinchagishvili, Rennie, Coux, Peyron
Cons: Laloo (2)

A late penalty in a 100% kicking show from Nicky Robinson edged out battling Bourgoin in a Heineken Cup dead rubber.

Ben Blair crossed for two excellent first-half tries, before Davit Khinchagishvili got Bourgoin going.

A Nick Macleod try after the break eased the home side's lead to 24-5, but the visitors' forward power told.

Mark Rennie, Jean-Francois Coux and Pascal Peyron crossed for tries to bring the scores level, before Robinson nervelessly struck a difficult penalty.

With their side playing with abandon in a no-pressure game, the Blues fans - already excited at the news of Gareth Thomas' return to the Arms Park next season - were treated to a fine early try from Blair.

Inside centre Macleod created the space, Robinson sending the wide scoring pass to the Kiwi full-back.

Blair is the Blues' usual place-kicker, but with Robinson keen to push his case for a call-up to the Wales Six Nations squad on Monday the outside-half landed the conversion and a tricky penalty.

Robinson and Macleod were again heavily involved in Blair's second try, forwards Xavier Rush, Martyn Williams and Gary Powell also getting in on the action.

Robinson converted, but a try from Georgian prop Khinchagishvili after a short-range forward drive kept the home side honest, making it 17-5 at the break.

A Robinson grubber kick sent Macleod in for the Blues' third try, but the French outfit - much-maligned for not trying in the Heineken Cup - again rallied.

Another powerful forward drive resulted in a try for Scottish flanker Rennie, converted by Sebastien Laloo.

Then an individual try from Jean-Francois Coux brought it back to 24-12, the wing producing a brilliant pick-up and having the strength to cross.

The French went back to strength with a patient, rolling drive that dropped Pascal Peyron over the line, Laloo converting to level at 24-24.

But Robinson's late penalty against the wind claimed the victory and aimed a less-than-subtle nudge into the ribs of the Wales selectors.

Blues: Blair, James, J. Robinson, Macleod, Czekaj, N. Robinson, Phillips, Filise, Thomas, G. Powell, Jones, Sidoli, Morgan, M. Williams, Rush.
Replacements: Fairhurst for Phillips (60), G. Williams for Thomas (60), Jenkins for G. Powell (64), Lewis for Rush (64). Not Used: Stcherbina, Flanagan, White.

Bourgoin: A. Forest, Carmona, Davis, David, Coux, Laloo, Prendergast, Khinchagishvili, Vigneaux, Sourgens, Fevre, Del-Fava, Rennie, Bonnaire, Pierre.
Replacements: Finau for A. Forest (61), Bousses for Davis (9), Peyron for Khinchagishvili (56), Payan for Sourgens (74), Monzeglio for Bonnaire (40), Jooste for Pierre (68). Not Used: Parra.

Att: 6,072

Referee: Carlo Damasco (Italy)

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