Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Cardiff Blues and Gloucester met at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday for a match that attracted the sixth largest crowd ever for a Heineken Cup Pool match. The Blues secured a crucial bonus point-win as they took the honours in this classic match by 37-24.
A day after a couple of dismal European matches, this game lifted the spirits again as the 27,114 crowd witnessed the Blues storm to a famous triumph, aided by tries from Leigh Halfpenny, Gareth Thomas, and Nicky Robinson.
Blues number 8 Andy Powell produced a Man of the Match performance, and has since been rewarded with a place in the Welsh squad. He Is joined by young flyer Halfpenny, who picked up two tries on the day.
"Gloucester really laid it on the table but the boys stood up and got the result. You have to win your home games and this was our best performance of the year, Powell said afterwards.
It was a splendid attacking spectacle all round, and a fantastic match for the neutral. The try of the game came from a superb Ben Blair step that saw him carve through the defence before offloading to a supporting Jamie Robinson. Gareth Thomas was there to take the final pass as he crossed for a memorable Blues five pointer.
As per a request, weve got all the tries up for you from this classic Heineken Cup encounter that was played out at the forever impressive Millennium Stadium.