Benetton Treviso v Cardiff Blues, Magners League, September 24
Treviso outgunned by Blues
September 24, 2010
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Date/Time: Sep 24, 2010, 19:05 local, 17:05 GMT
Venue: Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso
Benetton Treviso 7 - 19 Cardiff Blues
Half-time: 0 - 13
Tries: AL Pavanello
Cons: Botes
Tries: Blair
Cons: Parks
Pens: Parks 2
Drops: Parks 2
Cardiff Blues' Ben Blair in action during the Heineken Cup match with Biarritz Olympique at Parc des Sports Aguilera in Biarritz, France on December 13, 2008.
Ben Blair scored the Blues' try
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Cardiff Blues survived a tricky away trip to face Benetton Treviso on Friday night, pulling through 19-7 at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo.

Fullback Ben Blair scored the Blues' sole try in the first-half, while Scotland fly-half Dan Parks accounted for the rest of their points thanks to two penalties, two drop-goals and a conversion.

The home side scored a try through skipper Antonio Pavanello just before the hour but could not secure a second big scalp in as many weeks after seeing off Leinster last time out.

Parks set the Blues on their way with a third-minute penalty, but both he and Leigh Halfpenny missed further place-kicks before Parks slotted a drop-goal to make it 6-0.

That was how it stayed until five minutes before half-time. Parks missed another penalty, but he was accurate with his conversion after former New Zealand fullback Blair crossed. Young scrum-half Lloyd Williams provided the impetus for the try after breaking from a scrum into the Treviso 22 and while he was slow to release the ball, Blair was on hand to tidy up with a simple finish.

Treviso made a host of substitutions early in the second half and had a chance to get themselves on the scoreboard, but Tobie Botes missed a penalty. They finally registered shortly before the hour mark. A penalty was booted to five metres out and following a big drive from the pack the try was awarded to Italy lock Pavanello following a quick chat with the TMO. Botes converted.

Parks popped over another penalty with 11 minutes remaining and his drop-goal with three minutes left rounded off the win, moving the Blues into contention at the top of the table.


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