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A time to enjoy the most heart-warming of seasonal
traditions. If yesterday was about goodwill to
all men, today is about the renewal of the old and bitter war rivalries.
Scrum V live comes from Cardiff, on Boxing Day, where Christmas cheer
has given way to travel bragging rights. Over there is Cardiff Arms
Park, a battle ground between today's showdown between the Blues
and the Dragons. The fans are arriving, and they are anticipating
another blood and thunder Welsh derby.
Lee-Lo Calexico out of the air! Jones, white ball out, in a little
bit of space. -- wide ball. This time, Lee-Lo, isolated. Evans finds
Mayor. Oh, interception! What a gift to Tom
James! After two weeks of European
competition, the Pro12 returns in earnest today in one of the biggest
fixtures in the calendar. The Blues have a dream start to their season,
winning the first four in a row, but have stumbled since, the Dragons are
down in ninth, with just three victories to their name. What a
Christmas present it would be to pull off a Boxing Day smash and grab
at the home of their nearest rivals. Good afternoon and seasons greetings
to you. Hope you had a great day yesterday and are still enjoying the
Christmas spirit. Seasons greetings too to Scrum V's three wise men. Are
you feeling festive? Yes, looking forward to this game, nice to get
out of the house. Nice crisp, dry day, so looking forward to the game
can be. Conditions are great. Two teams looking for a spark to
reignite their seasons and you are guaranteed to get sparks flying in a
Boxing Day derby. I hope so, I hope the quality is good. It is a
sell-out, fantastic news for the Pro12, and a potent came from fans
and players and managers and coaches. Maybe get the New Year off
to an early start. We love talking about the bragging rights. But the
gap is beginning to widen, and they will want to witness in the race for
Europe. If they have any thoughts of top six they have to win today. But
select expectation during the summer when it came to the Blues, finish
last season really well, on the first four games and you are
thinking here go, could be something special. Really lost their way over
the last few games. It is a must win game for the Blues. The Cardiff
Blues favourites in the eyes of Martin. The Dragons, though, cannot
win on the road for love nor love me -- not money. Does the psychological
barrier get higher? It is a mindset really and they will not have a
closer than home fixture than this one. They would have been talking
about at this week. Trying to play on the probability of the Blues
recent home form. If they can get a good start like the Scarlet Stade,
they could cause an upset. The thought of the two coaches. Danny
Wilson and Kingsley Jones with us now. Seasons greetings, Wessels
start with you Kingsley, should we have a cracker? It is what it is all
about, everyone has extra anxiety, usually the coaches, the players,
the supporters. Great to see. A few Welsh international back for the
Dragons, Nick Williams, how much of a boost? Massive, it is great to get
him back on the pitch for us. Quite a few ex-blues players in the
Dragons side. Are we all friends here today or does it all led to the
spice? My chat in the meeting was about a few former Blues players
come as you say. Just play it as a collective, don't make it personal.
They all like a pro playing against there are a team but all the Kindle
to do that is to get the right result. The crowd getting excited,
some of the Dragons think maybe the Blues are under pressure today, how
do you see it? It is a home game. We won our last game at home and we
want to do the same again today. Full respect for the supposition
that will have to work hard to get it. Turkeys amateurs at the ready,
we hope to talk to you after the match. Not much in the way of
fighting talk. They seem fairly relaxed. Danny Wilson alluded to it,
Martin mentioned it, exchange lopsided season to the Blues, they
won their first four in a row and then they have won one from six. How
disruptive might that have been, in hindsight? He is a new coach, would
have been disrupted. They have looked a little bit lost since he
has been gone. Rod Wood sniping around the fringes, which would
want. Trying to play an expansive game and sometimes they overplay it
a bit. Trying to get their flankers in the wide channel. All back three
players are down in this short 15 metres. No one from the right back.
That is an area of concern but also they ship to many tries at home at
the Arms Park. Against Ulster a few weeks ago they were too vulnerable.
As we know, this area they really exploited. First with Gilroy and
then this big centre, who I have been really impressed with,
McCluskey, the attacks down the same area. They went too vulnerable, too
lazy, too adept at conceding tries in this area and it is a vulnerable
area for them. They need to tighten up their defence but the attack has
got sharper with the arrival of Willis Halaholo. He has made such an
impact. He was part of a hurricane seen that run the Super Rugby
tournament. If he can get front football today, that centre
partnership is incredibly dangerous. Something the Dragons, they will
have to give them ready in this game if they want to be successful.
Ideally you would like to see a Welsh boy in the centre amongst
them, but such is things. Yes, I don't want to put a negative spin on
things but that is the upshot. Two cracking recruits for the Cardiff
Blues but they are keeping watch boys out. They are, but you have to
try to get quality Welsh boys. You have two overseas in the Scarlets
and in the Ospreys and the Blues. On an international scale, where are
these youngsters going to play? That will be a problem in the future. But
there has been a lack of intensity. When they get defeats, the intensity
has dropped but also Nick Williams. He was a no go forward when Nick
Williams was injured. Nobody has really stepped up to the mantle and
carried the ball. With Nick Williams back today, with the boys on the
front foot, I'd be a real handful again today. They will be delighted
to see him back. We talked about the centres of the Blues opposite them
for the Dragons, a young man with a terrible run of injuries that
starting to discover his confidence now. He burst onto the scene a
couple of years back the next big thing for Wales. You forget he was
playing in a World Cup quarterfinal just 12 months ago, Tyler Morgan,
and he has huge potential but injuries have hampered him, so he
has not yet fulfilled his potential. He is a very young man and a huge
test on his hands, defensively as much as anything to keep Clewlow and
Halaholo quiet. -- to keep Lee-Lo. Kingsley Jones has openly said he
wants to recruit some of the more senior players to bolster that squad
but some of starting to prove their worth now. You're yes, they lack
quality talisman. The signing of terrorist has been a catalyst to try
to speed it up. Watch out for Ollie Griffiths, not just an attack put on
the ball. They are trying to get Ashton Hewitt on the ball. A
dangerous manner so look out for him. But it is the clever tactics
they need to employ because they lack that firefly. -- that
firepower. Watch TR Thomas go round the back. The sort of clever tactics
that they need. Chance of turnover ball, will they have anything up
their sleeve today? We shall see. Another interesting subplot to this,
there are six players in that Dragons squad that used to play for
the Blues, considered not good enough the Blues, they will have a
point to prove, when they? Certainly motivation factor, but they will
forget about that, it is a big crowd, both sides will be up it.
When they say the backs have felt a bit lost without their backs coach,
hang on now, they are professional rugby players. The backs coach gives
you guidelines, doesn't give due guidelines on the field. As a
decision-making for the youngsters on the field, you have to make the
decisions on the field. Today in the heat of the battle, great atmosphere
and very noisy, you want people to put their hands up and say right
post, follow me, I control this game and that is what I want to see from
both sets of half-backs today. Look at Sam Warburton there, making his
hundredth appearance for the Blues. You remember him Martin when he came
in from the academy committee is a real talisman. He needs to put his
international form behind him, but you look at the back row, Warburton,
Nick Williams, incredibly aggressive, up against Ollie
Griffiths, Jackson, and Lewis Evans. A mouthwatering match up. The last
time these two teams met on Boxing Day here, the Dragons did when
unexpectedly. Can history repeat itself? Let's find out from our
commentators. COMMENTATOR: Seasons greetings to you all. Lloyd
Fairbrother makes only a second league start of the season alongside
Sam Hobbs and TR Thomas, two former Blues. Another former blue, Tavis
Knoyle established himself at scrum-half, as has Angus O'Brien at
Nemeth ten. -- at number ten. As has been shunned Sam Warburton in his
100th appearance for the Blues, though it has taken him the best
part of nine seasons to reach that milestone. He will be walking out to
a packed Cardiff Arms Park. On what is a lovely day. Warburton captain
because there is no Gethin Jenkins in the team today. Scott Andrews
preferred on the tight end to Taufa'ao Filise. A late change on
the wing sees Cory Allen info the unwell Tom James. Reynold Lee-Lo an
ever present and voting partnership with Willis Halaholo. Cuthbert up to
some form as well. Ben Whitehouse in charge this
afternoon. It promises to be an excellent game. Conditions
absolutely perfect. Gorgeous day in the capital city. As the Cardiff
Blues try and keep tabs on the top six in the Pro12, and the Dragons
look to keep their season going. First mistake comes from the first
play, as the ball goes out. It is the Dragons playing in blue this
afternoon and the Blues playing in blue and blue. I was going to say,
for those who have had a big day yesterday, this could be difficult
to doing to try and make out who's who in this. Very strange decision
by both teams. Dacey to the tale. Navidi in the
scrum cap, there was Nick Williams in his first run in the first
minute. That go forward is what the Blues have missed at times, he has
been out since the start of October. Warburton carries on. Lloyd Williams
to Shingler, delays the pass. Williams. Shingler again and still
Shingler, and he may well have got there. It is tight but he has got
the ball down before being bundled over. No need for the TMO. What a
start, and what a finish by Steven Shingler. Yes, Cardiff will be very,
very disappointed with that defensive effort. Plenty of numbers,
they slipped off the tackle and you get this great finish, though, very
good finish. There is a little off-load, double pump, he gets back
into position, recycles back, throws the ball, throws the dummy, steps
over the tackle. I think it's Hewitt, isn't it, that tackle has
got to be made. Stays on his feet, good finish. Great finish, great
play from the Blues but it all comes back to come you can imagine the
team talk, start of a positive, immediately under pressure. But
great play from the Blues. A very good start, two minutes and over.
Here is the try scorer, now going to try to add the two points. As Martin
said, you have got to make your front up tackles. Yes, mistake
compounded by mistake, and Kingsley Jones will be wondering how on earth
do you do that right from kick-off on such a big stage? APPLAUSE
Tremendous conversion to add to his finish, what a start to the game by
Steven Shingler. The single one and one. Misses, he is over.
O'Brien. He will have to put that first kick out of his head. A great
kick by Ed Jackson on Lloyd Williams. He does very well indeed
to control it, under the circumstances.
It is still alive. But follow-up, though.
TR Thomas. Penalty goes the Blues way.
Yes, I think it was Navidi who got over the ball. You look at the Blues
back row, such a physical, powerful back row. Morgan, Williams and
Navidi, you expect Williams to get the advantage there.
They have both the last two. At eight. Williams with the feed.
Incomes Cory Allen. Late call up on the wing. Tom James has spent some
time in hospital recently with a gallstone. Best wishes for a
recovery to him. Morgan with the pass going behind Rey Lee-Lo. It's
all Blues at the moment. Low tackle by Tyler Morgan. Williams
can't control. Odette and why you would throw that
covered to be honest, scrum-half. Plenty more players behind. He has
overran the ball, forward pass, good positioning by the referee, right
behind him. Yes, we mention Nick Williams at the top of the show, and
I would not expect him to play fully. But a big 50, 60 minutes for
him. He would be blowing, having had such a long time out the last couple
of months. 7th of October against the Ospreys was his last outing. Two
years in Munster. Before coming out the Cardiff.
REFEREE: Just feet. Nothing wrong with the ground. Interesting to see
Scott Andrews getting the nod at tight head, rather than de Fauw
fully say who is on the bench. I dare say there will be a bit of
banter going on between he and Sam Hobbs on the other side -- Taufa'ao
Filise. Crouch, bind, said. This scrum is
taking an age. Pat Howard in from the wing. Under
pressure, a good pass from O'Brien. Halaholo flying. The two centres
have worked out a defensive system, one will blast out one will hold an
watch drift. If that is going to be the case, the Dragons have to try
and work it out. WHISTLE O'Brien looking for Howard. And even
though it was a good kick and the ball was in the air, Lewis Evans had
requested the penalty, which is why Ben Whitehouse gave it. I don't
think he would have caught the ball so easily. Gone.
Good kick. Defensively, since that miss start, they have done very
well. Just to jump the gun a little bit. Offside. A very good kick.
Angus O'Brien. Good field position. Edged Jackson down at the front of
the Dragons line. TR Thomas. We have seen how clever he can be from his
line-up positions. Not that time, though. Well stopped by the Blues.
Adam Warren had to take it from a steady start.
Knock-on. Spilt in the tackle. Yes. It was off a Cardiff Blues player,
wasn't it? Off Sam Warburton. Really evident, for me, the first
ten minutes the Dragons about the ball, they have tried to go close
quarters, really struggled to get over the gain line. The physicality
of the Blues, coping with the Dragons carriers wait. That will add
to the speculation, won't it? And interesting spectator, Leigh
Halfpenny. He has had a week of Comey bumped into him, let's not
start... LAUGHTER He played a game in the autumn, now
he has had a week off, that's it. Interesting back formation, if you
look at the Dragons, just watch them, put out a little bit, two,
three behind. Let's just watch how this goes. Good control by Ed
Jackson. WHISTLE Up and around. Boys. Could have
stood anywhere, really, the backs. That ball wasn't coming out. Good
drive, three points. Very good control by Ed Jackson, once it
started reeling from you thought not exactly the kind of ball you want
in, let's see if we can get a penalty out of it. And that's
exactly what they did get. Rhys Gill and Scott Andrews, both of
whom featured in the all in series. -- autumn international series.
Safely done by Anders O'Brien, -- Angus O'Brien, the Dragons are the
first point of the afternoon. Yes, they needed that, it was a very poor
start by the Dragons. First four minutes, they needed to get
something on the board. Two good kicks by Angus O'Brien, that was a
straightforward run in front of the post but it will settle them down.
The game for him. -- big game for him. WHISTLE
Again, not a great exit from the Dragons. Straightaway gives the
Blues a great attack opportunity. Again, Warburton used in the
line-out. Halaholo. Williams arrives late, and that makes it very
difficult for the first man. Brushes past Lloyd Fairbrother. Matthew
Morgan Coppoc quite a queue starts in Europe. Now starting in the
league as well. James down. Shingler.
Deep pass to Rey Lee-Lo, Matthew Morgan, that was a great pass by
Lee-Lo but straight into the hands of Tom Prydie. The Dragons will be
very happy because defensively they are creeping across the field. They
had an overlap but instead of going inside shoulders, they want on the
outside loop. -- went on the outside loop, and just ran out of space.
Tennis and the one waiting for it. There was a little block on Matthew
Morgan, and it didn't need it Knoyle had so much time. They kill
themselves at times, the Dragons, because the kicking has been so
poor. That was easy ball for Tavis Knoyle is the penalised Tom Prydie
for looking for Matthew Morgan and blocking his lines. Matthew Morgan
the only one following it up, the only one anywhere near it. Tavis
Knoyle so much time then. Such a cheap, cheap penalty to give away.
Baggage like by Stephen Schindler. -- a good striker.
Just in case you missed the, it goes straight down the middle.
Plenty of height from Williams. He needs to be careful about his
timing. It bounced into Lewis Evans's hands anyway. Confusion
again in the Dragons' ranks. It is a bit scrappy at the moment. They are
both running the same hall, unfortunately. He just smashes him.
It could be interesting. Matthew Morgan is the first man on the
blindside. Depth is important to see if they can release Matthew Morgan
with a short pass or something, stop the drift. There is Matthew Morgan.
White-mac that was great play, that just stop that move. The ball was so
slow. Huge shot out the blindside. Openside for the Dragons. He reminds
me of Sam Warburton when he was a youngster, so explosive over the
ball. There is the turnover, he is straight over the ball. He left
early from the scrum. Have not been going there too often.
It flies out of his arms. This will be a yellow card, the 3rd of
January, perhaps even now. How costly could this be? I just
want to see the view. Could you play that to me again. OK. I think it is
just a reaction. It is a penalty, but that depends on the referee and
what he thinks. He does not dark but he does try to spend. -- does not
dark. New directors are in force here.
Your arm is always up high. It is going to be a yellow card. That is
the way of the game, whether you agree with it or not. It is a high
tackle. A penalty would have been enough for me. You cannot criticise
Ben Whitehouse, he knows the reaction. I'm not even sure at the
referees are happy with the new directive. I have seen some farcical
yellow cards recently. He is going to get a bit of stick
after all of this. Not from the jargons' fans. -- Dragons'. They
have 9-10 minutes to try and impose themselves on this game.
The first quarter is almost done. Despite the Blues having the better
of it, the Dragons are still in touch. There is significant wind.
They got Alex Cuthbert out of that rut.
At those beads it looked like a collision. The fact that Alex
Cuthbert has landed on his backside makes it look worse. If we look at
it in slow motion it makes things look worse. A shoulder to the head
there. Could be played out through once
more? It was just a collision. It is a grey area. It looks around chest
height. He has gone in with his shoulder. If Alex Cuthbert had
stayed on his feet nothing would have happened. You connect it with
number 14. Your arm was always down there. It is a yellow card.
When it is slowed down or magnified it always looks worse than it is. We
want to avoid head injuries but it is becoming a bit of a farce for me.
There have been two cards there. They are in danger of changing the
nature of the game completely. And they wonder why people do not watch
any more. Stephen shingler is successful
again. The captain is worth Danny Wilson. What is your take on those
two yellow cards? I think ours was quite lazy and it deserved
something, but probably not a yellow, but under the sanctions the
game is no wonder the referee has no choice. You had a great start to the
game. We have done reasonably well. We fed them with a yellow card.
Pretty clinical and hopefully we can keep it going. What is your message
to the boys? We are now dealing with a yellow and we must adjust to that.
We will catch up with you later. Thank you.
He thought the losing a centre may take some adjustment. But they
haven't goes for the next 6-7 minutes. He was not tackle and he
made good headway up to the Blues' ten metre line. They are giving
themselves a chance. Just a little bit narrow in their
defending, the Blues. And the Blues pay the price for losing a centre as
Ashton Hewitt gets the Dragons' first. The Blues were playing with
this drawback with the last offender on there. They are unmanned short
but that is just open. You need to just a little bit when you are
unmanned short in the centre. They defend the last man on the openside
and that should not be the last time the Dragons do that because there is
no one at home for the Blues in their defensive system. Plenty of
speed, a good finish. It should be 13-13. Ashton Hewitt, another one
who has called my eye this season. -- have got.
Angus O'Brien converts and it is all square, 13-13. Very quickly watched
this year. Stop it there. There is the full-back and there is no one
behind. It is easy. The full-back is in the just so there is no one
behind. Plenty happening as we hoped there
would be. It was a good cake. -- good kick. They are really
struggling to get back into the run half when they received the ball.
The decision making is wrong at the moment, the execution.
Cuthbert waiting, coming in from the left-hand wing. The Blues are very
narrow at the moment, there is no width at all. Using the forwards to
drive on. Cuthbert has come all the way over.
A tackle by Hewitt. Penalty advantage for the Blues. Williams
goes straight through the middle. It will be interesting to see what
they do. It is a difficult kick. Think this is good decision.
It has been a strength. It has gone really well.
The ball is nowhere near him, it is on the far side. The Dragons thought
they did enough to win the scrum. There was a shift at the front and
it collapsed. It is ever so nice now. Everyone is
afraid to do things. Make sure it stays nice and five. --
nice and high. You have to look at that and see
where Morgan defence. But has got to be keyed to the second half. Rey
Lee-Lo is about to come back on. Check your town please. -- your
town. It is like being back at school.
This is meant to be a game for men. They should be treated like men.
They are a man short. He comes right up there. Lloyd
Williams, Kristian Dacey is driven back. Williams has another go.
Williams expecting to be involved as often as possible in this close
quarters. Scott Andrews, very close indeed. Stephen shingler. The
Dragons defence is just about holding on but it is being
stretched. Schindler, over the top, to James on the second row. Still
this survive. Williams lines up for another go at the defence. Now try
but a penalty straight in front. Number nine is offside. Taking
quickly by Nick Williams. Ben Whitehouse wasn't even looking. He
has touched it, that is play on. Ben Whitehouse got that wrong. They both
came back onto Geller. -- on together.
I felt we had a good platform but we were a little bit to be engaged.
Matthew Morgan lines up behind Shingler. Centre either side. Which
way is Matthew Morgan going to go if he gets the opportunity.
All kinds of options here for the Blues. The first is to keep it at
Williams's feeds and now into his hands. -- feet. Javad now the deep
digs it out. He spends and Kristian Dacey gets over. The Blues have a
second. The decision to go for the touchline was a good one. Kristian
Dacey scorers. He stays on his feet, scorers
easily. Heads and spends out of the tackle. Josh Navidi did so well, he
committed people to the ball. The third try the season for
Kristian Dacey. No nonsense from Matthew Morgan, he
puts it out of play. He is trying to get the numbers
right for the line-out. And think you might have a look at
this. He is striking the ball very well but I feel that there is a
slight wind behind him. No angle, it is just pure distance.
That is a heck of a strike. With something to spare. Nice strong wind
behind him. We heard from Danny Wilson, the guy
in charge of the Blues. Nowhere with Kingsley. You have managed to get
back into this one. We are disappointed with the two tries. An
error from an exit. We kicked it said the 22. We know the Blues are
very physical and strong. The Blues crowd are doing the job today. We
are back in it. We need to get some possession and territory. We will
join you in the second half. Not happy with the decision. Yielding
another ten metres. Do not hold the ball in the air while shouting and
swearing. Tackled and did not release. He is
very dangerous with the ball in hand. It just shows what can happen.
Excel aeration and he is away. Williams hanging onto him long
enough. It cost him the extra ten metres. For Britain gets it away. --
Warburton. Looking for another try at the end of this half.
Real pressure and on -- real pressure on the Dragons's defence.
Shingler. Brilliantly done by Josh Navidi. That is the third try just
before half time. Constant pressure taking its toll. He off-loaded to
Josh Navidi. Inside the make, outside dummy. An easy finish for
Josh Navidi. He throws a dummy and it looks like slow motion. An easy
try. Danny Wilson will be very content as it heads towards the
changing room. Shingler, his distribution has been excellent, his
kicking superb as well. He has got all three of the Blues' tries. They
have a half time advantage of 27-16 to the Blues. Sam, that is how to
end a first half. We got some momentum to finish the half. The
scoreboard reflects how difficult it is. This game will go to the last
ten minutes. It is a fiery local derby. It is a good one. It is good
to see the team giving it a go. And sure Danny has a lot to chat to you
about. Thank you. The Blues make the best possible start. They got to try
in the first minutes by Shingler and that set the pulses racing. Two
yellow cards that were contested and we will talk about that soon. Ashton
Hewitt took advantage of a lack of full-back. His eighth try for the
Dragons. Then Kristian Dacey got some strong carriage from Josh
Navidi. Lovely footwork from Shingler. Josh Navidi on hand to
take the scoring pass. That has put a different complexion on things.
The Blues now have a significant lead. The Blues have made 130 metres
to the Dragons' 64 and they have enjoyed 66% of possession. The stats
scoreboard the story. The Blues are in front. That try at half time was
a big moment. That is a killer blow for the
Dragons of the the Blues confidence going in. The Blues properly deserve
to go in in front but not why this margin probably, so it is a long way
back for the Dragons. Those awayday demons probably creeping into the
Dragons's minds. Sam Warburton saying it is very intense out there.
Perhaps we have not seen the fireworks we often expect at least
our booze and maybe because of the heavy-handed refereeing.
Disappointing for us to look at it and for the crowd. The Dragons on
average concede the Paw tries away from home and the Blues at home
nearly three. It was was good to be a high-scoring affair. How high, we
will have to see the second half. Let's have a look at the first try,
could not have come much quicker. Steve Shingler, a botched kick-off
but a clinical finish. The boys were talking about Nick Williams and
trying to get them into the game. It came from a loose kick. Young Angus
O'Brien, the start that Kingsley did not want. Nick Williams at
scrum-half, a nice little block by Rhys Gill on Lewis Evans, just buys
him a little bit of time to get across the gain line. Then it was
all about field position. I was disappointed as a coach, Rynard
Landman at, he never forwarded around the corner to allow his
team-mates width in defence. You have to say another missed tackle
here, ten in the first half of the Dragons and Shingler showed great
power and strength to get over. It was an unfortunate one from Ashton
Hewitt. He was at fault for that one. Sean touched upon it. For me,
the Dragons just killed themselves in the first half, every time they
were receiving kick-off they were just giving the Blues great fielding
position and putting themselves under pressure. Got to give credit
to the Blues team but really poor play from the Dragons. Ashton Hewitt
certainly atoned for it with his well taken try down the middle. As a
former ten and 15, Jiffy spotted this. He is writing. The forwarded
offence is so important for the outside backs. They create a little
bit of an overlap on the outside and may recognise, they need to get
numbers on the corner. The 2/, if they get around the corner, Matthew
Morgan does not have two push-up. Holywell spotted and executed by
young Angus O'Brien. This guide does not need a second invitation to get
over the line. Good work from Ashton Hewitt. We have mentioned it
already, the heavy-handed refereeing, not necessarily his
fault. Over the past three or four weeks we have seen some farcical
yellow cards, two very questionable ones. Danny Wilson very honest,
saying that he thought Rey Lee-Lo's was deserved, Rynard Landman's not
so. What was your take on it? He has character and personality and
experience. He is falling away, for me, Angus O'Brien. I don't think it
warrants a yellow card. You could watch in slow motion this. Martin is
nodding here. You can watch every right here and see not and are much
time, but if you are yellow carding everyone you would have a game of
touch, two against two. We have to be very careful. There will be so
many cards, with a red or yellow. We are all for playing safely but it is
a physical game, the crowd have come here to see a full on derby where
things go on. Listen to be doing that the last three or four months
and believe me will get worse. The new directive coming in in January,
it will get worse. If you want to stop coincidence then you have to
stop for the Nick Williams tap and go. In law he has taken a penalty
and Kingsley Jones will be aggrieved, if you will slo-mo
everything down. Where do you stop. How about now, let's took about the
rugby again. Dacey, third try this season, former record try scorer for
the Blues. Some great work from Nick Williams and from Josh Navidi. The
Blues's pack have got more power to carry it over the gain line. Nick
Williams has taken a quick one. Then it is just what you have come to
expect, Nick Williams, good carry, takes out seven and eight for the
Dragons. Josh Navidi comes round the corner. They are very patient, this
is where they are in control. Just that one or two yards over the gain
line. Christian Dacey latches on and he is brilliant from two or three
yards out, his cause so many tries. Crucial score. -- scores so many
tries. Steve Shingler playing fantastic rugby in the absence of
Gareth Anscombe, good footwork and a great past the Josh Navidi for that
try. Showing the benefit of a good run of games. Showing some
confidence with the ball. That is to be noticed. The Blues if they keep
possession and then gives silly penalties away will do well. With
Shankly and Laura Williams -- Shingler and Williams. For the
Dragons will become a comeback like we did and maybe stay within a
score? Healthy lead for the Cardiff Blues, their fans will be very
happy. One of their more famous fans is with Katrin. He has been to the
Copacabana this year, how does the Copacabana compare the Cardiff Arms
Park, Geraint Thomas? Really good. No better place to play to get over
the hangover. You come down here quite a bit. I always try to get
down here, it is a good day out. Deriding of now, the Tour Down
Under, I saw you are enjoying some pizza, are you allowed to do that?
You didn't get that on camera, did you? Other than that, full on
training and regime and diet and everything, so go to Australia on
2nd of January, down there for a month. That will be a good start to
the year really. Best of luck, enjoy the rugby until then. He appears to
be nursing that hangover, Geraint Thomas. We have a bit of a Christmas
cracker on the go here but it is of course one of a real festive feast
coming up over the last few days -- next few days. Tomorrow is the West
Wales derby as the Ospreys welcome arch rivals Scarlets to the Liberty
Stadium, where they haven't lost all season. Catch that one live on S4
from 2:30pm. Then a double bill on New Year's Day. Let macro for the
fourth and final act, the Dragons, you won't have to leave your server,
see every try, every hit, every tackle. Loads more rugby to come
before the New Year. It has been a truly momentous year for sport in
Wales. Dumbing up straight after scrum five live -- coming up
straight after, they look at all the best bits so you would have to leave
your sofa until early evening tonight. I just remember looking to
see where all the fans of the corner from you know, they had lost that
end, the Welsh was the I was panicking inside, not even touching
the penalty, like my don't wear to go. A lot of people dream of scoring
goals of the Euros, but they drove Creamer scoring once like that. I
fell asleep between flights and I woke up thinking oh my god, this is
the Olympics. One single summer... Steps up, it's a left footed, oh, he
has scored! Gareth Bale for Wales! A time like now other. The Welsh
wonder strikes gold! Of heat this hot. Making history. The sweetest
summer for Wales, the soaring summer of 2016.
So much to look back in joy, Wales on top of the world following this
programme, probably an appropriate time to ask you, what was your Welsh
sporting moment of 2016? Easy for me, Wales against Belgium, just
watching that, Belgium score first half, you think here we go, we have
done amazingly well just to get here. Then to go there and win, when
Robson Kanu is doing Cruyff turn score you know it is a special
night. Yours was probably the set? Apart from my team in the South
Wales league cricket being promoted. Yes. It looks as though the teams
are back out, yes, the Blues are following the Dragons back out onto
the pitch. Time to return to our commentary team with Jonathan Davies
and Gareth charmers. COMMENTATOR: Thinking very much indeed. No
changes as far as I can make at the of the second half. The final Blues
players make their way out. Two wingers and the two centres. Rynard
Landman just signed a new contract with the Dragons. Have the
misfortune to spend ten minutes in the bin in the first half. The Blues
pulling away after the Dragons got back on terms at 13-13, the two late
tries have given the home side that cushion at the start of the second
half. It has left them just one short of the bonus point. Hands
away, handle! At this point the winning bonus point is something
they have only achieved once so far this season. Elly yes, they have the
wind behind them now. Pressure on Tom Prydie full stop he
did well actually. The last vestiges of sun as the ball
goes up. The crowd on the far side all raised their hands to shield
their eyes. Matthew Morgan, that is the kind of ball he likes, the
chance to run at defences. Into the space out wide. Shingler, excellent
first half from him. Now Travis and. Open start of the second half and
unable go back for the Dragons's scrum. Yes, you was heading into
touch and he just threw the ball, it was a forward pass.
The Blues have two thirds of the ball in the first. Kingsley Jones
mentioned how sure-footed they were in the Dragons 22. They made the
most every time they got into the 22 they came away with something. That
is what the Dragons have to do, try and keep the Blues out of their 22
but they have to keep possession, try and put some width on the ball.
Work out the defensive strategy of the two Blues centres. Pressure on
the Dragons rumba noil gets it away. -- Knoyle. Ashton Stuart has looked
dangerous. Again showing strength as well. Excellent from Hewitt. Trying
to give someone else a run. Cory Allen comes across. Everyone having
a hack at it. Not ball from Ashton Hewitt again. He
has looked really dangerous apart from a missed tackle. He is the go
to. I think he has hung on. He has made more metres than every other
player particular I think. He has. In the Dragons side. Are you doing
the calculating? Yes Comey has, hasn't he? Bit more than the other
players have made, right? Penalty advantage for the Dragons. Niall,
Ollie Griffiths weights. Good support by Rhys Thomas. O'Brien knew
there was an advantage coming. That is what they will go back for. I
know there is a long way to go in this game but it epitomised the
difference. Can't get any real fun football. Struggling in those close
quarters. Just changing his jersey, lads,
we're going to let him do it. WHISTLE
He will try and code same again only better this time.
Landman delivers. Rhys Thomas Nix run the site. Still there, look
where they are. I think it was a deflection from Lloyd Williams's
kick. Search the wrong in that area, he takes the ball. Again it is an
area that they have struggled. They have got no gains at all from it.
The ruck had already formed. You can't play there. The contact was
already made. Ben Whitehouse saying there was a
ruck already formed. Ollie Griffiths by those pictures was fully intent
on going for it. As you said, you was the tackler so he was well
within his rights to go for it. I feel the Dragons need to come away
with points on decisions like this. Don't look like they will get them
that often. That is out. Rhys Thomas, great pressure. The Blues
are following up very effectively indeed. Given the Dragons now time
to settle the ball. Well done by Tyler Morgan. Hewitt is the one
giving chase, and he takes it first. Excellent play by Ashton Hewitt.
Fairbrother. Knoyle back to the blindside, that is where the Dragons
shunters. Put it up for O'Brien who pops into the hall. The two
Williamses, Lloyd and Nick, bringing him down. Jackson. Prydie at
outside-half. Again, it is the Blues defence that
wins over the Dragons's attack. Just needed someone with Angus O'Brien.
Was rubbing his neck, he had been hurt in the previous tackle.
That is Tom Prydie's last action. Carl Maier comes on to replace him.
Carl Maier, who took a really nasty knock-on the head, in the Dragons's
European cup game. In fact it was a game out in Leinster.
Quickly away from the line-out. Shingler, Matthew Morgan trying to
create space on the outside for Cuthbert. Maher was the one who got
the tackle in. JC was far more direct, far more pacey in the Blues
attack. Lee-Lo. Greater variety to it as well. Shingler really is the
should beating superbly this afternoon. Just dying on Cory Allen
for Halaholo. The attack continues. Boyle, beautifully done. Sam Hobbs
knew it was coming in the form of 20 stone of Nick Williams. Cory Hill
weights. Trying to take the Dragons away from their own 22. Now with the
wind against them, it is difficult to clear your lines. That will hang.
Kingsley Jones, Sean,, Ceri Jones. Still got his hair, hanging in
there, Kings. I think the pack needs a bit of fresh blood now. Just a bit
more energy, a bit more power. The January window, maybe, is it? Oh,
that's football. They are looking to spread now every
chance they get, the Blues. They go in search of the bonus point try.
Think they know the Dragons, although you get someone like --
unless you get someone like Ashley Stuart, who will break, you don't
have someone who has the -- Ashton Hewitt.
Under pressure from Jackson. If he has just slipped up it should not be
a penalty. The game is so fast. We have already had one penalty for
remonstrating over there. Players from both sides appealing for
decisions. It stops now. Have a word with number nine. It just slipped
up, it's high. Right, here's the penalty, let's
have a look at it. Comes in. He has ended up around the neck, so it is a
penalty nowadays. Difficult. Warburton charges at the Dragons's
defence. Lloyd Williams puts the ball downfield. A bit long maybe.
Easy for Pat Howard to deal with. You were calling for some fresh
blood in the Dragons's pack, and here it comes en masse. Elliot Dee,
Brok Harris and Nick Crosswell all coming on at the same time. He yes,
just a something. Maybe that bit more energy, the boys fresh off the
bench. Brok Harris of other who has signed a contract extension. Inside
ball to Macauley Cook. Offside. Scrappy, really scrappy. You would
have to say the penalty has been fairly poor, summer games we have
watched over the Christmas period. From other leagues and very
countries it has been very high that this has been very scrappy.
I was hoping he would get there before the tackle had formed but no.
Boys, we will get this right. Take a step for me please and you get a
little bit forward. Knock-on. Navidi could not get up iron. It is the
first line-out either team has lost. This appointment for the Blues from
such a handy position. The Dragons still have work to do. To get away
from the danger area. It is obviously higher risk.
A poor line-out, everything was wrong with that. They would not be
happy with that lift. The lift was poor.
Cory Hill challenges. DC does the cleaning up work.
Navidi. He is an important ball-carrier for the Blues. Picked
up by Halaholo. Warburton screaming for the ball on the side. Brok
Harris on the left-wing here for the minute. That is what Warburton
watchers stashed Micro wanted. He picks out Halaholo. Just needed
hands. His inside show the run had held the defenders, created the
overlap, just needed to feed the next player.
Why the cutout pass there, I'm not sure. Matthew Morgan and Christian
Day seed to choose from. Not exactly the straightest throw
ever. They just want something to happen. We need the Dragons to score
just so something happens. It has gone a bit flat in recent minutes.
Tyler Morgan missed a big part of the season with injury. That was
well played. The Blues have really put the
squeeze on defensively. They have had a line-out on the five
metre line but that is about it. They have been stuck here.
Trying to get inside the defenders who are pushing up on the right-hand
side. That is the tactic because they are pressing so hard. It is
such a narrow area. It was actually a good kick. On this pitch it is not
aid to bones. It is very difficult to judge that is the problem they
have. Your options are very short. He is trying a variety of kicks but
it is not coming. Are very different sort of
scrum-half. He is a big threat around the fringes. Ellis Jenkins is
looking to see things for the Blues. He does not want to go. Such a
physical ball-carrier. Someone is important is that they
need to manage because they have a big game against the Scarlets is
coming up. That was a good kick as far as
distance goes. If you look at it, all he needs to
do is keep his inside shoulder towards the defenders. You need to
run outside to hold them. The Blues should be chasing this
bonus point. This is the taking. We need the bonus point. Let's try to
do everything to get it. Straight down the middle. Their only other
bonus point of the season came against Edinburgh.
Glasgow occupying six place at the moment, the Blues are one behind
them on 22 so they need the five points to draw level. Glasgow
against Edinburgh the Scottish Derby. Munster against Leinster this
afternoon. You cannot get out of that area. He
will not be able to magic his way out of there.
For me there is no debate there, you go for a corner. That should be no
debate at all. It is not a bad effort from Shingler.
Macauley Cook is replaced. The important line-outs for the Blues.
Macauley Cook has played every league game this season for the
Blues. That is a great position for the
Blues. Five metres out they have gone to the back. Angus O'Brien with
the clearance. They will get another chance.
Gives it a waiter Ollie Griffiths. Making life difficult initially.
They are very difficult the Dragons. Gone off the boil a bit in the
second half. There has been some frustration. There have been some
decent field positions and we have let them off the hook a little bit.
Hopefully then we can get the fourth try. We need to look to be a little
bit more ruthless. They do not get many chances. We need to be more
clinical. Still plenty of time and possession. The first half we went
through the phases and we looked quite dangerous.
It looks like he will be coming on because Shingler has taken a knock.
He will try things and clear things. For me that is a yellow card. The
guy comes in from behind and cream some. That is so late.
Brought to the attention of Ben Whitehouse. This could be a yellow.
Everything looks worse in slow mole, it is late but it looks like a
penalty to me. I totally disagree with the administrators. He has no
idea what is the most dangerous tackle. That is more calculated than
the other two incidents but it is not a yellow card. This is where the
game is becoming an absolute joke. Sometimes you need to have a little
bit of empathy in the game and that shows no empathy at all.
That was bizarre couple of minutes that cannot clarify.
What a chapter of events. It does make you wonder what is going on in
this game. It did not make in a sense going for the three points.
Something will happen with Mickey, anyway.
He will be 35 on the 3rd of January. He has played well, Shingler. There
is Shingler. That put him in all kinds of
trouble. That kick in the lower back is really painful.
It was such a dangerous tackle. There was no empathy whatsoever from
the people in charge of the game. Here we are. What is he is doing
there? The change is for the Blues. The 2/2
backs, Thomas Williams and Nick Robinson.
The penalty goes against Scott Andrews.
They Dragons' head coaches here. No points in the second half and I have
been a lot of mistakes by both teams. We are bit disappointed with
ourselves. The Blues have taken their chances but we have been
giving them the opportunities. There is plenty of time left, hopefully we
can get the next scorer. One more score and you will be back in it.
That is the idea. We didn't capitalise on the last opportunity.
It is about being accurate. We have not been accurate enough.
We are trying to use our bench to bring some pace in. We have messed
around a little bit too much at the half way line and this is the first
chance we have had to see if we get some dynamism into the game. Thank
you. The Dragons are trying to up the pace now and put some pressure
on the Blues' defence. There is another penalty coming. Number 22,
said. -- number 22, you are offside. The Dragons were the losing bonus
point specialist last season. He has been very comfortable so far.
They will see what the Dragons are trying to do here.
Presence and mind from the scrum-half. That could have been a
yellow card. It may well be. He will want words as the penalty count
increases. He did not win it but he slowed down. I need a range of
behaviour. Keep an eye on Kristian Dacey. He
slowed it down enough. They were all very flat there. It
came off the top. Tyler Morgan looking to try and get to ground.
And the Blues when it. The Dragons were caught unaware.
Taken in by blue. Do you need medical? Let's go.
If the Blues still get a bonus point here they will be disappointed. --
is the Blues do not get. Holger balance. -- hold your.
We have expected big things today. They have dominated physically, the
Dragons. I think they brought Matthew Morgan from Bristol to try
and inject some energy into the game. They will get their chance to
work their way downfield. The Ospreys are playing the Scarlets
is tomorrow afternoon. We will look back at the whole sporting year just
before 5pm that day. More derbies on New Year's Day. Can the Blues up the
tempo and find something they have not done this half. No points for
either side with just five minutes of the second period remaining.
Just need to get it out anyway you can.
You can see why these are the third and fourth best regions in Wales
just now. There is a greater sense of urgency.
Only one point scored in the second half. I thought this second half
would open up after an open first half. This guy going off, Kristian
Dacey, has had a big game. He scored the first trying created a therefore
Josh Navidi. Shingler is my man of the match. He scored 17 of their
points, including a try. He converted all three. He cannot go
near this fourth and a bonus point. That onrushing defence again. He
cannot just hang onto it. As the Dragons go through the
phases. He makes a break. He steps back inside. Looks for support.
Thomas Williams nearly brings him down.
He looked set over the top. It is the jargon is who are looking to get
the losing bonus point. They are looking a bit tired. -- it is the
Dragons. It looked so promising but in the
end it was the wrong option and Josh Navidi will take those all day, all
season. There is one and a half minutes to go and the Blues should
be looking for more opportunities, rather than thinking that they have
won the game. That was a lovely break.
One opportunity to go. The Blues have one more chance to clinch this
bonus point. He still managed to get it away.
The defence wins again and that has been the story of the second half.
You would think that the Blues have lost their last chance to get a
bonus point. Well done. It is all square, 13-13, midway
through the half. Two tries towards the end of the first period gave the
Blues and advantage of 27-16. Nothing has been added since then.
Elliot Dee up the the Blues's 22. O'Brien. Beard. Rolls away from
Lee-Lo's challenge. Loose pass spilled by Ollie Griffiths. And
maybe, aptly enough, the game ends on the mistake. No points at all in
the second half. Pretty much a full house at the Arms Park, not the best
entertainment for them. A win for the Blues but they could not have a
fourth try to get the bonus point. I just felt the intensity was not
there. They did not build, didn't have the patience, didn't have the
real guile to try and break down the defence. To be fair to the Dragons,
they kept on pounding away, pounding away, and they came back into it
late in the half. To me, disappointing that the Blues went
for the fourth try but did not show any willing, did not grab it by the
scruff of the neck. The game just petered out. Only a second win in 74
the Blues after four at the top of the season. They will be happy for
the win but disappointed that they could not other fourth try. The
first Welsh derby ends in a home win. Blues 27-16 Dragons. Man of the
match Steve Sigler. -- Steve Shingler. Congratulations. It wasn't
the classic Welsh derby were hoping for. All started with a fantastic
try from your good self. It was a good start but a shame we did not
click on the second half, and that bonus point is probably a big miss
for us. How frustrating was that, no points in the second half, and the
bonus point, you might look back on a few months how important it could
have been. Definitely important. A scoreless second half, and we should
have kicked on. Kicking onto the next Welsh derby is well on New
Year's Day. Yes, we'll forward to that, it will be a good day
tomorrow, Scarlets against Ospreys. Steven Shingler, thank you very
much, congratulations. So there is the table. The Blues stay in
seventh, now just one point behind Glasgow as a result of that result,
but the Dragons are still in ninth. 27-16 at half-time, 27-16 at
full-time. The second half was a bit of hard work. You are being kind, a
terrible second half. The first half, there was a lot of quality,
excitement and tris, just really fizzled out. The Blues deserved win
that game, they should be disappointed they have not got a
winning bonus point. I think those teams would be disappointed, the
Dragons came away with nothing. They really poor second half. Steve
Shingler, man of the match, plenty of positives for the Blues, he was
definitely man of the match, the complete performance. Good to see a
centre half getting a run of games, behind Gareth Anscombe. He played
well in all facets of the game, kicked well, ran at the line, scored
a try early on, created one as well, so a good all-round performance and
rightly man of the match in what was a disappointing second half, if I'm
honest. Apologies if you are struggling to hear us, the PA system
is ultra-loud, so it should be on Boxing Day. We talked before the
match begun, the Blues had maybe missed the impetus. He was not happy
going off after 60 minutes. But they have two manage it, Williams. Had a
big 60 minute slot. That was the difference. The physicality of the
Blues back. One of the men who try to contain Nick Williams all
afternoon was Lewis Evans, the Dragons's captain. You have just
been in a huddle at the middle of the pitch, what was said? To get a
bit of a good look at ourselves, that was not a good performance. The
Blues are not a bad team. We showed them a bit too much respect at
times. Not the best start, but you got your cells back into it, how
disappointed are you to be leaving with not a bonus point, a losing
bonus point? Roos disappointing. Too many errors in our game today. The
Blues capitalised on it. We need to realise we are not quite there where
we can turn up and just win games. It bit of realism to bring us back
down to earth. We had a good run recently but we have got the Ospreys
now on New Year's Day and will need to deliver a better performance than
that. As for the Welsh derbies, they don't get any easier. It is never an
easy game for us, weenie to put out a good team and everyone needs to
perform, simple as that. From a losing captain, Lewis Evans, to the
winning captain, Sam Warburton has joined us. After only one win in
six, that has to come as a welcome relief. We have not done well in the
Welsh derbies. That has been a massive focus. We had to sit on a
fact that the last game was a 38-3 loss. We were desperate to get back
out there and put in a good performance in front of a good
crowd. We have talked about the return of Nick Williams alongside
you in that back row, how welcome is that, given what you have missed
over the last few games? We know the physical presence. He was extremely
vocal on the pitch and around the training ground. A great addition to
the squad, he has been missed. Derbies, whoever comes out
physically on top wins the game. Nick brings a massive part of that.
Steve Shingler talked about it, will that be a disappointment? We were
chasing a little bit enemy had a penalty. Without we just had to kick
it. We thought we would kick three, get two tries ahead. We tried to
chase a Debian but fled better safe than sorry. Congratulations on a
personal note, your 100th game for the Blues, this is the guy you took
another seven jersey. Bar of chocolate a night or a beer? Bring
on that Pablo! Great to speak to you, as always, and enjoy your
belated Christmas dinner. Cheers, boys. We can speak to the Blues
coach, Danny Wilson. Sam was saying, daddy, a very frustrating second
half and not getting that bonus point. Pretty awful if I'm honest.
Way too many errors. The disappointing but good that we got
the win, a home win against the dragon side that can be gritty and
difficult as we know. Maybe in the second half we left it out there.
You waited a while in recent weeks. It is important we win at home. We
have done that in the Derby. I would have taken that before the game,
make sure you get the win. They couple of tough results. The
Scarlets next, will you be watching them? Yes, I will be looking at
that, I'm sure most people will be, but we will be looking at it as a
coaching group with interest and see how that pans out. Danny Wilson, he
will be happy with the win but frustrated at the lack of a bonus
point. Sam Warburton reference there. Several of their attacks came
to nothing and eventually they went off the boil. He will not be happy.
That is not what Danny Wilson is about. They should be more clinical
in those areas. Won't have that many chances against the bigger boys. The
Dragons are down the bottom half of the table, they will be disappointed
when they go back to review but he will be pleased it is a home win
after their recent performances. Lewis Evans was honest about the
Dragons, saying they are not where they want to be, a lot of work still
to do. If we can take some positives from their performances though,
Ollie Griffiths again looked hungry. They have some competition for the
jersey at seven. In fairness to Lewis Evans, he is always honest. I
mentioned in commentary if you times, the power of the Blues pack
in those close quarter areas, the Dragons struggled. They are what
they are, the Dragons. They just lack that little bit of quality,
what is that, 12, 13 games away from home they have not won. When you are
lacking that power and you can't impose yourself physically on games,
you need someone to supply some magic and Ashton Hewitt showed, in
glimpses, he has that quality. Definitely, but they were trying to
use in a bit too often. The Blues defence was much better today. They
were really powerful and physical around the fringes. He had never to
go, but he had some space, showed flashes, scored a great try. Just
not enough on the day. Next up for the Dragons, the Ospreys. They will
play the Scarlets first but that is a tough prospect. Yes, really
looking forward to tomorrow's games, they are the top two teams in Wales.
This for the Dragons, always a difficult place to go, and that is
enormous, that is for the Dragons, because you come away with two games
over the Christmas period with two losses, that will ruin the season
for them. As a former Osprey, you can watch tomorrow's games with a
bit of detachment. Going down with Ryan Jones. Magical day at the
liberty. Should get a walk up as well. The Scarlets will fancy their
chances. Who is going to win? Ospreys. Scarlets. That is roughly
all we have got time for, the crowd have departed rather swiftly, the
bars of Cardiff are waiting for them. Thanks for watching today,
don't forget that they game tomorrow, Ospreys against Scarlets
at the Liberty Stadium. Sean will be there, signing autographs with Ryan
Jones. We are back for the Dragons Ospreys game that we mentioned with
Martin. That is it from Scrum V Live. Enjoy the rest of your Boxing
Day but don't go anyway to the next hour, stay tuned, Wales celebrated
one of its I can just remember looking to see
all our fans in the corner, you know, they'd lost it by then,
the Welsh. I was panicking inside and thinking,
"I'm not even touching the pedals,
Ross Harries presents coverage of the first of the Christmas derbies as Cardiff Blues take on Dragons at the Cardiff Arms Park. Studio guests include former Wales internationals Martyn Williams and Jonathan Davies.