Cardiff Blues 10 - 6 London Irish

Match info: Anglo-Welsh Cup at Cardiff Arms Park

Date: 01/02/2013 KO: 19:30 Att: 5,938

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Cardiff Blues

TriesEvans (33)ConversionsPatchell (33)PenaltiesPatchell (69)

10
vs
6

London Irish

PenaltiesHomer (20, 55)

FT (ht: 7-3)

  • Last Updated: February 2 2013, 0:14 GMT

Post-match reaction to Cardiff Blues' 10-6 victory over London Irish.

Shane Geraghty kicks for London Irish
Shane Geraghty kicks for London Irish

London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith believes the try which sent to his side to a shock 10-6 LV= Cup defeat at Cardiff Blues should not have been allowed.

The match referee consulted his touch judge before ruling that Gavin Evans had applied downward pressure to the ball after Irish full-back Tom Homer spilled a kick ahead.

However, after watching replays Smith insisted the officials had got it wrong.

"We've had a look at the tape and don't think it was a try," said the former Ireland fly-half.

"It was Hamer who pressed down on the ball and their player never touched it.

"It was a lottery out there. The pitch was a mess and it was a pity as we had so much to play for."

Evans' try, which was converted by Rhys Patchell, came in the 34th minute at a damp Arms Park after Homer had earlier slotted a penalty for Irish.

Homer added another penalty in the second half to keep the Exiles in contention but Patchell responded with a kick of his own after 69 minutes as the home side capitalised on Irish mistakes.

Defeat means Irish must now rely on Worcester beating Saracens tomorrow if they are to reach the semi-finals of the cup competition, although Smith is keeping his fingers crossed things will turn out in his side's favour.

"Saracens still have to get a result at Worcester," Smith said. "We'll wait and see what happens."

Blues director of rugby Phil Davies was naturally happier with the night's work.

"We played some good rugby in the first half and showed a lot of guts in the second," he said.

"For us to get a win against a quality side like that is very pleasing, especially as they brought their full-strength line-up.

"We're a young team and can be inconsistent, but our desire to win games is shining through."


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