Cardiff Blues 22-15 Connacht
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Ben Blair boots a personal tally of seventeen points as the Blues outplay Connacht in the second half to secure the win in Cardiff
Connacht went into this game in desperate need of a confidence booster after a demoralising defeat at the hand's of Italian outfit Aironi last time out.
Indeed the Irish side made a positive start, and found themselves leading the contest after three minutes, fly-half Niall O' Connor landing a penalty.
Cardiff hit back though, and had the lead themselves after ten minutes, Ben Blair on target twice for the home side from penalty kicks.
The visitors were playing positive rugby however, and they scored the first try of the contest midway through the first half, when winger Tiernan O' Halloran dived over. O' Connor added the extras, and after the first quarter, the game was shaping up to be a tight affair.
Before the break, Cardiff ensured they would take a lead into the half time interval, when Ben Blair again fired over two penalties in quick succession, to leave it 12-10 at the break, with all to play for in the second half.
Cardiff stepped up the tempo in the second period though, and when Ben Blair added his fifth penalty of the game, things were beginning to slip away from Connacht.
The Blues were playing the better rugby, and put themselves further clear going into the final quarter when Xavier Rush bundled over the whitewash to put Cardiff in command of the game. Ben Blair added the conversion, Connacht now needed a minor miracle to rescue the match.
It wasn't to be though and the game petered out, and even though the visitors added a very late try, Cardiff held out to secure the win to leave the Irish side rooted near the foot of the table