Cardiff Blues 64-3 Calvisano: Blues out of European Challenge Cup despite big win

Shane Lewis-Hughes scores a try
Shane Lewis-Hughes scores a try
European Challenge Cup
Cardiff Blues (35) 64
Tries: L Jones 3, E Lewis, Summerhill, Robinson, Lewis-Hughes, L Williams 2, Boyde Cons: Tovey 6, Thomas
Calvisano (3) 3
Pen: Casilio

Cardiff Blues crashed out of the European Challenge Cup despite thrashing Calvisano 64-3 in a one-sided romp at the Arms Park.

Pau's win over Leicester meant the Welsh side finished third in the group.

Lewis Jones grabbed a hat-trick including two early efforts as Blues secured a bonus point after 20 minutes.

Lloyd Williams (2), Ethan Lewis, Aled Summerhill, Ollie Robinson, Shane Lewis-Hughes and Will Boyde also crossed in a dominant display.

Calvisano wing Kayle van Zyl was sent off for a high tackle in a chaotic final few minutes.

But the Welsh side were left ruing their double disappointment against Leicester, conceding victory with the final move at the Arms Park and seeing a losing bonus point slip away from them in the closing minutes at Welford Road.

Cardiff Blues rested most of their front-line Wales players but were still far too good for the Italian part-timers.

They scored at a point a minute for the first 47 minutes as Jason Tovey landed the first six conversions, before grabbing three tries in the final seven minutes.

Jones earned the man-of-the-match award after completing his hat-trick as Calvisano fell apart again.

Cardiff Blues scrum-half Lewis Jones told BBC Sport Wales:

"It was an excellent performance, the boys showed composure and were clinical at the end of the game. When we can play wide and fast, that's when we're at our most dangerous.

"My last hat-trick was for Beddau under-13s, nice to get it but I was just finishing off, all number nines look to run that support line and the boys did well to put me in."

Cardiff coach John Mulvihill:

"We had Pau-Leicester on, it didn't look too close throughout but they deserve to be there [in the last eight]. We won three out of six, we scored a lot of points and tries but a few little points let us down and if you only win half, you don't deserve to be there.

"We'll learn from it, if we'd taken one extra point out of those two games [against Leicester] we'd have got there, but congratulations to the teams that make the finals."

Line-ups

Cardiff Blues: Dan Fish; Jason Harries, Rey Lee-Lo, Garyn Smith, Aled Summerhill; Jason Tovey, Lewis Jones; Corey Domachowski, Ethan Lewis, Dillon Lewis, Filo Paulo, Seb Davies, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Olly Robinson, Nick Williams (capt).

Replacements: Liam Belcher, Rhys Gill, Dmitri Arhip, Macauley Cook, Will Boyde, Lloyd Willams, Ben Thomas, Max Llewellyn.

Calvisano: Alberto Chiesa (capt); Kayle van Zyl, Giacomo De Santis, Damiano Mazza, Marco Susio; Nicolo Casilio, Federico Consoli; Lorenzo Michelini, Gianmarco Lucchesi, Piermaria Leso, Adam Wessels, Davide Zanetti, Alessandro Izekor, Nardo Casolari, Antoine Koffi.

Replacements: Gabriele Morelli, Antonio Barducci, Lorenzo Cittadini, Angelo Maurizi, Manuel Zuliani, Fabio Semenzato, Michele Regonaschi, Jacopo Trulla.

Referee: Nika Amashukeli (Georgia)

Assistants: Shota Tevzadze (Georgia) & Saba Abulashvili (Georgia)