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Unlucky Scarlets get the Blues after spate of yellows

Cardiff Blues 29-27 Scarlets

By Staff Reporter

Published 02/01/2016

Derby winner: Alex Cuthbert's late try was the platform for victory over Scarlets
Derby winner: Alex Cuthbert's late try was the platform for victory over Scarlets

Alex Cuthbert's try four minutes from time, converted by Rhys Patchell, gave Cardiff Blues a 29-27 win over Scarlets in a thrilling derby at the Arms Park.

The visitors appeared on course to overcome the loss of three players to the sin bin, with Lewis Rawlins, Steffan Evans and Emryr Phillips all receiving yellow cards, but Cuthbert levelled matters before Patchell added the extras to seal a Blues victory.

Cardiff had extra reason for cheer after four tries through Cory Allen, Dan Fish, Kristian Dacey and Cuthbert guaranteed them a bonus point, with Patchell converting three of the scores and kicking a penalty.

The courageous and injury-ravaged Scarlets scored three tries from Ken Owens, DTH van der Merwe and Gareth Davies, while Aled Thomas converted all three and kicked two penalties.

Scarlets were without international forwards John Barclay and Jake Ball, who were both injured in last week's game against Ospreys, but they received a boost with the return of scrum-half Gareth Davies.

The visitors went in at the break 20-10 ahead but were already a man down when Rawlins was yellow carded for dragging down a driving maul.

Rawlins remained absent for the first nine minutes of the second half and it looked as though Blues were not going to make their man advantage count, but just before the lock's return they scored a splendid try finished by Fish.

Scarlets wing Evans deliberately knocked on to earn a yellow card and minutes later, Phillips joined his team mate in the bin for collapsing a driving line-out

Amazingly Scarlets, still with 13 men, rallied to regain the lead with their third try but Cardiff, dramatically, had the final say.

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