Blues complete Scarlets double

What a brilliant game, and a brilliant result for the Blues!

Having dominated the early exchanges at Parc-y-Scarlets yesterday, Blues went on to record a deserved 28-22 victory over their west Wales rivals. The hunt for Champions Cup qualification continues.

Meanwhile, Scarlets will rue their slow start, and with Glasgow their next visitors to Llanelli, things are now looking very tight at the top of the table.

I was so impressed by Danny Wilson’s tactical changes to the Blues front row. The experienced trio of Jenkins, Rees and Filise put in a huge shift and laid a solid platform for the likes of Lloyd Williams, Gareth Anscombe and Tom James – all of whom scored superb touchdowns as the Blues outscored the opposition three tries to one. Anscombe’s sublime dummy pass allowed him to canter between the posts in the game’s pivotal score, on 62 minutes. He’s starting to show some real class at club level now.

Credit also to the Blues back-row forwards who set and maintained a high tempo early on that the likes of Hadleigh Parkes and Regan King were unable to deal with. Sam Warburton was an excellent choice for man-of-the-match, having made a real nuisance of himself all afternoon.

The game highlighted to me that Scarlets are still missing enough depth to see out the season. The arrival of Rhys Patchell in the summer will be huge for them. I am truly devastated that he will be leaving the Blues. It’s been reported that he prefers playing fly-half, but his recent performances at full back have been outstanding. He is a superb natural footballer, and combines so well with Anscombe, it’s a real shame the partnership won’t continue beyond this season.

Another great result. Next up: the Dragons at the Arms Park.

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