Blues 43-6 Ospreys
An outstanding display by fly-half Nicky Robinson and four tries by left wing
Lee Abdul brought the Blues maximum points and took them into the top
half of the Celtic League.
Blues (21) 43
Tries: J Robinson (2), Abdul (4)
Con: N Robinson (5)
Pens: N Robinson
Ospreys (6) 6
Pens: Henson (2)
The home pack provided plenty of possession for their inventive backs,
although the Ospreys contributed fully to a thoroughly entertaining game.
The Blues wasted no time in showing their eagerness to throw the ball about,
crossing for a try with a match barely a minute old.
Full-back Craig Morgan cut
into the line and Abdul finished off, with Nicky Robinson converting.
The fly-half was in sparkling form, his breaks creating further tries before
the break for big brother Jamie Robinson and Abdul, Nicky Robinson adding the
extra points each time.
A third try came despite Blues being down to 14 men after flanker Rob
Appleyard was yellow-carded for a late tackle on visiting full-back Gavin
Henson kicked two penalties, but missed another two as the Ospreys struggled
to get into the game.
Blues, looking for a bonus point, ignored a kickable penalty only to waste the
chance with a knock-on.
Next time around they were more pragmatic, with Nicky Robinson slotting over
The Ospreys, who had been trying to play open rugby, gained more and more
possession as the game wore on.
But the home defence kept them at bay and it was the home side who broke free to finish with a flurry of tries.
When Nick Walne was held up on the right the ball was spread left and Abdul
side-stepped over for his third touchdown.
But the former youth team winger still had not finished. He was on hand to round
off an opening created by Jamie Robinson, who then raced under the posts for the
Blues' sixth try to end the game in style.
Blues: Craig Morgan; Nick Walne, Jamie Robinson, Matt Allen, Lee Abdul; Nick Robinson, Ryan Powell; John Yapp, Gareth Williams, Darren Crompton, Craig Quinnell, Andy Moore (capt), Rob Appleyard, Dan Baugh, Nathan Thomas.
Replacements: Kenneth Fourie, Andrew Lewis, James Goode, Jim Brownrigg, James Malpas, Andrew Moore, Leon Andrews.
Ospreys: Henson; Seveali'i, Storey, Gibbs, Tiueti;
Connor, A Williams; James, B Williams, Millward, Newman, Tait,
Bater, Tandy, Bonner-Evans.
Replacements: Morris, Durston, R Wells, Thomas, C Wells,
Referee: Olan Trevor (Ireland)