RaboDirect Pro12: Aironi 26-37 Cardiff Blues

Cardiff Blues wing Chris Czekaj tests the Aironi defence
Cardiff Blues wing Chris Czekaj tests the Aironi defence

Cardiff Blues ended a three-match losing streak with a bonus-point victory in their Pro12 clash at Aironi.

The Welsh side led 20-11 at the break thanks to tries from Dafydd Hewitt and Chris Czekaj, plus 10 points from Ceri Sweeney's boot.

Wing Sinoti Sinoti had crossed early on for the hosts, with Nick Williams (two) and Gilberto Pavan tries earning Aironi a bonus point of their own.

But Czekaj's second try and a Xavier Rush score secured a Blues win.

Sweeney added the conversions and a penalty for a personal 17-point haul at the Stadio Zaffanella.

TEAMS

Aironi: Ruggero Trevisan; Sinoti Sinoti, Gilberto Pavan, Gabriel Pizarro, Giovanbattista Venditti; Naas Olivier, Tito Tebaldi; Matias Aguero, Roberto Santamaria (capt), Fabio Staibano, Joshua Furno, George Biagi, Frans Viljoen, Nicola Cattina, Nick Williams.

Replacements: Davide Giazzon, Alberto De Marchi, Luca Redolfini, Josh Sole, Simone Favaro, Tyson Keats, Roberto Quartaroli, Riccardo Pavan.

Cardiff Blues: Chris Czekaj; Alex Cuthbert, Casey Laulala, Dafydd Hewitt, Tom James; Ceri Sweeney, Richie Rees; Sam Hobbs, Rhys Williams, Scott Andrews, Michael Paterson, Paul Tito (capt), Maama Molitika, Thomas Young, Xavier Rush.

Replacements: Ryan Tyrrell, Nathan Trevett, Ryan Harford, Deiniol Jones, Luke Hamilton, Lewis Jones, Gareth Davies, Gavin Evans.

Referee: Neil Henessey (WRU)

Assistant Referees: Stefano Traversi, Filippo Bertelli (FIR)

Citing Commissioner: Maurizio Vancini (FIR)

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