Game recap: Cardiff Rugby
Edinburgh put in a scintillating display to summit the URC standings, scoring five spectacular tries on the way to a 34-10 victory against Cardiff Rugby at DAM Health Stadium.
We look at five key moments that helped the capital side on their way victory in our Game Recap:
Edinburgh made a lightning start to proceedings, with Argentine pair Moyano and Boffelli dotting down with less than 10 minutes on the clock. The South American duo have both been in impressive form, and much like the fixture against Dragons, both were rapidly on the scoresheet against South Wales opposition.
The hosts were devastatingly clinical in the opening exchanges. James Lang showed exceptional pace to break from deep before releasing Ben Vellacott, who teed Moyano up to finish under the posts.
Boffelli was similarly given a run-in, this time set up by the rampaging Mark Bennett, who burst through a gap in the defence to give the man from Rosario a simple finish. Boffelli repaid the favour, escaping down the flank to supply Bennett a chance in the corner; the centre finishing spectacularly to give Edinburgh a commanding lead.
Langers secures the BP
James Lang put in one of his best performances in an Edinburgh jersey since his move from Harlequins and capped a fine display by notching his first try for the capital club, securing a first half try bonus point for the home team.
Blair Kinghorn delivered a looping pass out wide to Jamie Ritchie, who channelled his inner basketball player to scoop a pass inside to the onrushing Lang to score in the corner. Composed as ever, the Scotland Internationalist even had time to pick out the cameras after his well-deserved score.
Great wall of Maggie
Head Coach Mike Blair credited the defensive performance of his side, with Cardiff only managing to score when Owen Lane pounced on a loose ball to run under the posts. The defensive line was intense throughout, epitomised by Magnus Bradbury’s bone crunching shot on Rey Lee-Lo to force a turnover.
The Player of the Match continued his fine form, and was a menace in attack, but it was Bradbury’s defensive work that typified the work the side was putting in to keep Cardiff at bay. Bradbury won two jackal turnovers, and made 100% of his 13 attempted tackles, with the crushing hit on the Samoan serving as the standout moment.
Benzo’s finishing touch
Mark Bennett was outstanding on Saturday, proving too hot for the Cardiff defence to handle. The Olympian was at the forefront of the first half display, setting up Boffelli’s try, before diving gymnastically into the corner when the Argentine returned the favour. Bennett put the game to bed with his solo try in the second half; another spectacular reminder of the running threat the centre possesses, dummying past defenders, and handing-off an on-rushing Josh Turnbull to dot down.
Bennett racked up impressive stats to back up his performance, making 135 metres, nine tackle breaks, and two-line breaks in a dominant display. His brace of scores will live long in the memory; both will surely be contenders for try of the season.
The final point is less of a ‘moment’, but more a sign of the squad togetherness that has helped Edinburgh climb to top of the URC table. The non-playing players provided a vociferous atmosphere for their colleagues on the pitch, backing their teammates in the absence of fans.
The noise made could be heard clearly on TV coverage of the match, and for Mike Blair it is a positive sign of the direction the club is moving:
“I spoke to the guys in the huddle after the game and didn’t speak about the game at all. I spoke about the non-23, because the noise they made and backing the guys who had taken their position was outstanding.
"It pushes us in the right direction of what I want us to be as a club, I want everyone striving to be as good as we can be.
"I talked about that bond that we’re creating, and that atmosphere we’re trying to create in the squad."