RaboDirect Pro12: Cardiff Blues 38-0 Aironi

Cardiff Blues: (12) 38

Tries:
Laulala, Hewitt, James, Breeze
Cons:
Parks (2), Sweeney
Pens:
Parks (4)

Aironi: (0) 0

Cardiff Blues eased to their biggest win in two-and-a-half years as the boot of Dan Parks inspired the Welshmen to a bonus-point Pro 12 victory over Aironi.

The league's top points-scorer kicked 16 points against the Pro 12's bottom side as the Blues cut loose in the second-half with a four-try demolition.

Casey Laulala broke through Aironi's defence just after the break before a superb solo effort from Dafydd Hewitt.

Tom James and Marc Breeze's pushover score fired the Blues up to third.

Two penalties from fly-half Parks earned the hosts an early cushion but despite a monopoly of possession the Blues lacked penetration and could manage only two further Parks kicks before the break.

The Blues, however, put a poor first-half behind them by showing their ruthless streak in the second-half.

But Aironi made a disappointing start to the second period as Samoan centre Sinoti Sinoti was yellow carded for a high tackle on Gavin Evans and Parks fired the resultant penalty into the corner.

Blues skipper Paul Tito won the line-out and the ball was spread right by Parks for replacement centre Laulala, on for the injured Chris Czekaj, to dart in for an unconverted try.

Fly-half Naas Olivier missed two kickable penalties for Aironi while a wayward clearance by Blues scrum-half Richie Rees gave Aironi another chance but winger Giovanbattista Venditti could not keep the loose ball in play.

Cardiff, without their Wales internationalss, made the Italians pay with a second touchdown.

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Richard Mustoe and James ran a kick from their own half and, from the 10 metre line, centre Hewitt tore past three defenders to score on his 50th league appearance.

Stand-in full-back James then raced over to secure the triumph for the Welsh international's third try of the season after quick ball from Rees, Gavin Evans and Nathan Trevett

And the bonus point quickly followed when replacement hooker Breeze drove over with virtually his first touch.

A series of late penalties in the Blues 22 gave Aironi hope of a consolation and a first try in five league matches but solid defence denied the visitors.

Cardiff Blues: Chris Czekaj (Casey Laulala, 38); Richard Mustoe, Gavin Evans, Dafydd Hewitt, Tom James; Dan Parks (Ceri Sweeney, 66), Richie Rees (Lewis Jones, 68); John Yapp (Nathan Trevett, 55), Rhys Thomas (Marc Breeze, 65), Taufaao Filise (Sam Hobbs, 60), Macauley Cook, Paul Tito (capt) (Matthew Screech, 66), Michael Paterson, Josh Navidi, Maama Molitika.

Replacements Not Used: Ellis Jenkins.

Aironi: Ruggero Trevisan (Roberto Quartaroli, 74); Giulio Toniolatti, Sinoti Sinoti, Gilberto Pavan (Matteo Pratichetti, 67), Giovanbattista Venditti; Naas Olivier (Tyson Keats, 60), Tito Tebaldi; Alberto De Marchi (Salvatore Perugini, 60), Tommaso D'Apice (Fabio Ongaro, 55), Fabio Staibano (Lorenzo Romano, 60), Quintin Geldenhuys (capt), George Biagi (Joshua Furno, 53), Nicola Cattina, Filippo Ferrarini (Frans Viljoen, 47), Josh Sole

Referee: Leo Colgan (IRFU)

Assistant Referees: Michael Black, Barrie O'Connell (both IRFU)

Citing Commissioner: Tom McCormick (IRFU)

TMO: Seamus Flannery (IRFU)

Attendance: 4,557

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