On Saturday the Cardiff Blues lost 16-13 to Irish side Leinster, it was the first match of the season which they had not won. The Cardiff Blues started their season with a 34-16 home win over Edinburgh on 3rd September, followed by a hard-fought 24-23 win away against Munster on 9th September. Their third win came against Glasgow, winning 23-19 at home, and their fourth was a 23-21 away win against Italian side Zebre.
Saturday’s match against Leinster was always going to be tough, and the game was tight throughout. However, at half-time the Cardiff Blues were 13-3 ahead, and looked to be in control.
That all changed in the second half. Leinster dominated the half and scored 13 unanswered points, to clinch the match 16-13. The Cardiff Blues did have chances in the last 5 minutes to score and steal the match, but an unbiased observer would conclude that Leinster deserved their victory and they easily were the better team in the second half.
This now leaves Irish side Ulster as the only side in the Pro-12 with a 100% record. And, by losing to Leinster the Cardiff Blues now find themselves just below them in the table in 4th place. But, the Cardiff Blues are still the highest placed Welsh region in the Pro-12, with the Ospreys just below them in 5th place and the Scarlets in 7th. Wales captain Sam Warburton suffered a blow to the face and went off quite early in Saturday’s match, but hopefully he will be back playing next week and ready for Wales’ challenging series of Autumn test matches in November.