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Amlin European Challenge Cup final

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So can the Blues become the first Welsh side to win a European trophy? Or will Jonny Wilkinson be picking up his first bit of silverware since slotting that drop-goal in Sydney in 2003?

Will the Blues pack be able to live with Toulon and give their dashing backline enough ball to cause some mayhem in the Stade Velodrome? Their recent away record and the experience in the Welsh ranks suggests they shouldn't be overawed.

I'll be doing a live text commentary on the game on the BBC website shortly and am keen to hear from you before, during and after the match...

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posted May 23, 2010

Malcolm - well said when your team miss out - great sportmanship around today.

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posted May 23, 2010

Cardiff Blues made history as the first Welsh team to win a European trophy after beating Toulon in Marseille to claim the Amlin Challenge Cup.

They deserved this win. They totally outclassed Toulon. But hats off to the like sof Wilkinson. He did his bit and tried his best but at the end of the day, the quality of Cardiff was too superior today.

Nice victory has to be said.

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posted May 23, 2010

Impressive win Cardiff. Real fight from Toulon.
Superb game in the sun. Scorching end to the season for the Bloos.
Team effort but Brad Davies outstanding

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posted May 23, 2010

Very impressive win by the Blues.
To go to what amounts to the home of the second placed French side, for a competitive final, and win with a bit to spare is something few sides would manage from anywhere.
The Blues also won this trophy essentially "on the road" - not a single home game in the knockout stages, beating Wasps aswell.
They have also beaten Toulouse in Europe this season, and its interesting to speculate what might have happened had they beaten Munster by seven points two weeks ago.
Now all we need is the Ospreys to follow up by winning in Ireland and all the negative critics can go take a running jump. Winning trophies and winning them away from home, and against the so-called top nations in Europe, France and Ireland.
Well done Cardiff Blues.

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posted May 23, 2010

Crashball - nice comment and sorting out of the facts.

Not being a Cardiff myself a fan, I had overlooked that they were mainly on the road winnign this trophy. Now that is a something to be hugely proud of and I admire that.

Cardiff have been promising a trophy like this, and in the style that they had won it all season to be quite frank with you.

Toulon will be gutted. And now Wilkinson may need to find another club with whom he believes he can win a winners medal.

He's made some dumb choices in my mind recently and the poor lad should just retire and hang up his boots. He's served England well and now needs to enjoy his retirement.

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posted May 23, 2010

Im not a Blues fan to say the least, but well done guys, i'm proud a Welsh team finally won some european silverware! Excellent!!!

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posted May 23, 2010

Sorry to see Jonny Wilkinson go off injured. He's not the type of player to abandon a sinking ship and is a true team man, so his injury must have been serious.
Let's hope, for the good of rugby, thats its not another one of those injuries that keep him out for a long time.

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posted May 23, 2010

Well done the Blues, gutsy performance.

Many thanks from a Sospan supporter. :D

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posted May 24, 2010

its just a shame the scarlets go into another underserved heineken cup.....

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posted May 24, 2010

Well done Blues, awesome result! And from a Scarlets fan, a Big Thank you. But I was cheering you on in Europe all season, not from a Scarlet perspective but from a Welsh one, as this is good for the Welsh team as well. Fingers crossed for the Ospreys now...

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