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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Cardiff Blues' three great tries against Edinburgh

Cardiff Blues' three great tries against Edinburgh

Cardiff Blues got their Magners League campaign underway in style as they scored some fantastic tries on their way to a 34-23 victory over Edinburgh in Cardiff on the weekend.

Flyhalf Dan Parks made an impressive debut for the Blues as he failed to miss a kick, adding to his lead as the Magners Leagues leading scorer, kicking 14 points while his new team notched up the bonus point win.

Early tries to Bradley Davies and Tom James gave them a great start, with both coming from superb handling and offloading before, or during contact.

Xavier Rush had a large part to play in James try as he chipped, chased, regathered then flicked out the back door, showing he still has all the natural ability hes shown at some time or another during his lengthy career.

Rhys Thomas also scored for the Blues, while Tim Visser scored twice for Edinburgh. Casey Laulala scored the final try for the home side though, getting on the end of another great passage of play.

Parks converted each try and kicked two penalties, as well as controlled things nicely. He earned the Man-of-the-match award. Here is a clip showing the three great tries the Blues scored.


Time: 02:08

Posted at 11:54 pm | 29 comments

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Anonymous September 08, 2010 10:58 pm

Second, yipee

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Anonymous September 08, 2010 11:04 pm

Godmans defence against rush's chip was a disgrace.

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Jake September 08, 2010 11:09 pm

yeah for real... what was he thinking?

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mise September 08, 2010 11:18 pm

Scotish rugby ain't exactly renowned for its try scoring......
good to see a weeks supply in one match,and a bit of open play

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Anonymous September 08, 2010 11:47 pm

In the words of the beloved Bill McLaren "superlative display!"

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RedYeti September 09, 2010 1:52 am

Yeah mise, Cardiff's a famous Scottish club...

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wassup September 09, 2010 3:03 am

That was a sweet chip 'n' chase and flick pass by Captain Fantastic, a great Auckland legend from back in the day.

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Anonymous September 09, 2010 5:54 am

some great running from that checki old boy is that the guy they had big expectations for about 4 years ago?

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Anonymous September 09, 2010 6:13 am

anonymous above: yes it's the same guy. id wondered what happened to him too, he looked great here!

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matt September 09, 2010 7:10 am

checki broke his leg, think it was his fema, so hes been out for ages! looked really good here though

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Bradders September 09, 2010 8:07 am

Mise...you are a big geographically challenged Douche!

Rush has been watching too much SH Rugby and obviously loved Matfields chip and chase the other week.

Who is the blues 15, he was bouncing tackles all over the place.

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Laz September 09, 2010 8:14 am

Bradders, Rush is from the SH..

Way to insult someone else then follow up with something stupid.

Great tries. :)

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Oli September 09, 2010 8:55 am

who the hell is that Cardiff number 15??

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Wouter September 09, 2010 9:10 am

Can you post the two Tim Visser tries as well? Not that often that a dutchy scores...

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John F September 09, 2010 9:18 am

The Cardiff 15 is Chris Czekaj. As mentioned, he was out injured for a long time after his bad break.

Normally Ben Blair plays full-back for Cardiff though.

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Greiffel September 09, 2010 9:26 am

@ Wouter, they weren't that great so it was easier to just throw up these 3 than do full match highlights.

He's a good player though, good to see him scoring.

The video of Czekaj breaking his leg is on here somewhere. Not sure if anyone really wants to watch that again though :)

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Anonymous September 09, 2010 11:14 am

i think cardiff is a welsh club and edinburgh is a scottish club.

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Anonymous September 09, 2010 12:45 pm

Good to see Parks play well in his first game and this comes from a Glasgow fan.

It is a good thing for Glasgow that he's gone as we now have two exciting stand off prospects Jackson and Weir and his departure is good for their development!

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Anonymous September 09, 2010 5:59 pm

Thanks for posting these. Good tries and a good start to the season for Cardiff.
Czekaj is maturing into a very good player, might be a big season for him. He deserves some luck after that awful injury.

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Anonymous September 09, 2010 8:03 pm

Fantastic start for us! Cjecks was very useful coming in from fullback on the attack hope he can keep it up for the whole season, deserves some playing time after such a lengthy injury! Had to admire Rushs handling but whole game there were quite a few of the boys using out the back passes great to watch!

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Believer September 09, 2010 8:54 pm

While Godmans defence was dreadful, a i the only one who thinks Rush actually messd up his kick and got very lucky. I mean, how many chips are actually intended to go up and down IN FRONT of the defender!? Lol! Still, he got lucky and the flick pass made it worth the score.

@ Grieffel, i also thought the Visser tries were actually pretty good, wouldn't have hurt to include the first one at least.

Any chance of a special video on DP? Maybe something charting his renaissance from being quite frankly a liability for Scotland to someone now almost ressembling god-like status (ok, a little exaggerated but but compared to what many used to think of him it's been a hell of a turnaround).

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decky100 September 10, 2010 9:36 am

look at these players... regardless of any incidents in the game we can surely conclude that SH is better than NH
;) thought id get that out of the way before it inevitably crops up!

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NiWiTa September 10, 2010 11:57 am

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh @decky100 - not again on the old hemisphere debates. I liked all the tries - especially the last one. Cjecks is one to watch

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Nick September 10, 2010 12:39 pm

I thought Rush was off to Ulster? Has he done a Tonguhia?

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cheyanqui September 10, 2010 3:52 pm

great to see Czekaj back. Last time he was on RD, it was due to his nasty femur fracture.

Great skills by Rush. At first, the chip kick looks uneccesary, but on the replay, it was handy -- the kick prevented the fullback from committing to the tackle and making a form tackle to stop him.

The great pass post-kick goes without saying.

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cheyanqui September 10, 2010 3:52 pm

great to see Czekaj back. Last time he was on RD, it was due to his nasty femur fracture.

Great skills by Rush. At first, the chip kick looks uneccesary, but on the replay, it was handy -- the kick prevented the fullback from committing to the tackle and making a form tackle to stop him.

The great pass post-kick goes without saying.

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decky100 September 11, 2010 9:02 am

just kidding guys about the hemisphere stuff,..remember im from the north so why would i ever seriously start that debate again lol

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Dana September 11, 2010 9:35 pm

Excellent team tries....
and Yes Decky 100...lets keep it civil....

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hasif September 13, 2010 3:31 pm

who's that 'checki' guy? the blues fullblacks. he is awesome

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