Cardiff Blues 23-13 Ulster

Rhys Patchell

Rhys Patchell will leave Cardiff Blues to join Scarlets at the end of the 2015-16 season

Cardiff Blues scored two late tries to beat Ulster and dent the visitors’ Pro12 play-off hopes.

A tight first half was scoreless for 30 minutes until Paddy Jackson’s two penalties put Ulster 6-3 up at the break.

Rhys Patchell struck his second penalty to bring Blues level but Craig Gilroy’s try put the Ulster back in front.

Patchell combined with Ray Lee-Lo for a fine team score, before Aled Sumerhill touched down to seal victory.

Despite a second successive defeat against Welsh opposition – following their home loss to Scarlets – Ulster stay fourth in the Pro12 table.


Aled Summerhill’s try against Ulster was his fifth in his last eight games for Cardiff Blues

The visitors seemed in control at the Arms Park when wing Gilroy ran in unopposed to put them 13-6 in front.

But the Blues responded strongly, camping themselves in their opponents’ 22 and reducing their deficit with a third Patchell penalty.

The Wales international fly-half then provided the game’s defining moment as he exchanged passes with centre Lee-Lo before touching down for an impressive try.

The Blues demonstrated a similar poise to put the game beyond doubt, capitalising on an overlap for Summerhill to score in the corner.

Cardiff Blues: Dan Fish; Blaine Scully, Aled Summerhill, Rey Lee-Lo, Tom James; Rhys Patchell, Tomos Williams; Brad Thyer, Matthew Rees, Salesi Ma’afu, Jarrad Hoeata, James Down, Josh Turnbull, Ellis Jenkins, Manoa Vosawai.

Replacements: Kristian Dacey, Thomas Davies, Taufa’ao Filise, Macauley Cook, Josh Navidi, Lewis Jones, Jarrod Evans, Garyn Smith.

Ulster: Stuart Olding; Craig Gilroy, Luke Marshall, Sam Arnold, Jacob Stockdale; Paddy Jackson (capt), Ruan Pienaar; Callum Black, John Andrews, Bronson Ross; Peter Browne, Franco van der Merwe; Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Nick Williams.

Replacements: Jonny Murphy, Kyle McCall, Ricky Lutton, Roger Wilson, Sean Reidy, Paul Marshall, Darren Cave, Rory Scholes.

Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)

Assistant referees: Dan Jones, Gwyn Morris (WRU)

Citing commissioner: John Charles (WRU)

TMO: Jon Mason (WRU)

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