Cardiff Blues claimed their first win of the PRO14 campaign after they picked up a bonus-point 37-13 victory over Munster at the Arms Park.

It was a positive half from the Blues as they went into the interval leading 14-13 thanks to tries from Nick Williams and Tomos Williams.

Number eight Williams opened the scoring on seven minutes after he finished off a solid carry from centre Willis Halaholo to make it 7-0.

But within eight minutes of that score Munster were 10-7 in front at Cardiff Arms Park thanks to two Andrew Conway crossings, the second coming after good work from Joey Carbery, who was impressing at fly-half for the visitors. It seems he will flourish at his new province.

If Carbery was starring for Munster, it was outside centre Halaholo who was in great form for Cardiff as his line bust led to scrum-half Williams making it 14-10 with a converted try. Carbery did land a penalty on 24 minutes to make it 14-13 which was how it remained until the break.

The Blues crucially scored first after the turnaround through the in-form Halaholo and with Gareth Anscombe’s extras they were 21-13 ahead. That became 24-13 seven minutes later as the full-back slotted a penalty which meant Munster were needing a strong final quarter in Wales.

They did push hard for the next score but solid defence resulted in a reprieve for the Blues, who made it 27-13 thanks to Anscombe’s boot.

Wales international Anscombe further extended the lead to 17 points with his third penalty of the night, which all but sealed the four points.

With that healthy cushion, the Blues were now pushing for a try bonus-point and it arrived two minutes from time via scrum-half Williams.



Cardiff Munster


Tries: Tries:
N Williams, T Williams 2, Halaholo Conway 2
Penalties Penalties
Anscombe 3 Carbery
Cons Cons
Anscombe 4 none