Danny and I made it to the Arms Park on Saturday for the Blues’ first competitive game of the new Pro12 season, and it was an absolute cracker!
Steve Shingler threw a superb dummy pass to canter over for Blues’ opening try, the ex-Scarlets fly-half showing his class and already showing signs of being a brilliant signing.
A fully-loaded Edinburgh side quickly responded, barging over from close range for their first try, before Duncan Weir added to his earlier penalty to give the Scots a 13-7 lead.
The Blues forward pack looked dominant and hungry, and a rolling maul yielded a penalty try to put Cardiff back in front, before second half tries from Nick Williams and Tomos Williams secured a bonus-point win for the home side.
Nick Williams was absolutely explosive in this game. I’ve been a huge fan of his for many years, his physicality and off-loading skills bring an edge to his game, and it was awesome to see him in action. The guy is an absolute monster! He caused all sorts of problems for the Edinburgh defence, requiring two or three defenders to bring him down whenever he had the ball. He is a human wrecking ball, and on this sort of form he could prove invaluable if the Blues are to climb the league table this year. He was utterly deserving of his man-of-the-match award.
Young scrum-half Tomos Williams also really impressed with his sniping running game, but also his maturity and game management. He put in a stellar shift on Saturday, capping a wonderful all round performance by scoring the bonus-point try.
Cardiff Blues 34 – 16 Edinburgh