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Cardiff claim win

Cardiff Blues kept alive their slim hopes of qualifying for the Amlin Challenge Cup as they claimed a deserved 14-9 Heineken Cup Pool One win over Castres at Cardiff City Stadium.

The Blues already had no hope of reaching the last eight in the top-tier competition but this win keeps them in the hunt for a runners-up spot which would put them in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup. But they may be left to rue the losing bonus point the French visitors picked up to keep themselves in second place by a single point with one round of games to go.

A Leigh halfpenny try and three penalties from Dan Parks made up the Welsh side's scoring while Castres responded with penalties from Seremaia Bai (two) and Pierre Bernard.

The hosts, outplayed up front when they visited Castres, will be happy with the dominance of their scrum, while skipper Paul Tito controlled the line-out, but they were unable to convert possession into points.


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