Phil Davies wins first game with Cardiff Blues

Cardiff Blues director of rugby

Phil Davies celebrated a victory in his first game in charge as Cardiff Blues secured a 31-32 friendly win over South African side Free State Cheetahs.

Coach Davies fielded almost separate teams in each half, with Owen Williams and Chris Czekaj scoring tries as the Blues trailed 19-15 at half-time.

Tom James and Macauley Cook crossed after the break - Cook's try putting the Blues head for the first time.

The Cheetah's hit back but Ceri Sweeney kicked a late penalty to snatch a win.

Cardiff Blues (first half): Jason Tovey; Tom James, Owen Williams, Dafydd Hewitt, Chris Czekaj; Rhys Patchell, Lewis Jones; Nathan Trevett, Andi Kyriacou, Benoit Bourrust, Macauley Cook, James Down, Robin Copeland, Josh Navidi, Andries Pretorius (captain).

Cardiff Blues (second half): Daniel Fish, Tom James, Gavin Evans, Gareth Davies, Chris Czekaj; Ceri Sweeney, Robert Lewis; Jake Cooper-Woolley, Marc Breeze, Scott Andrews, Macauley Cook, Lou Reed, Rory Watts-Jones, Thomas Young, Andries Pretorius (captain).

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