|Cardiff Rugby (19) 41 Tries: Dacey 2, Adams, Ll Williams, Teddy Williams, Grady, Cabango Cons: Evans 3|
|CA Brive (0) 0|
Cardiff ended a protracted barren run for Welsh sides in Europe as they thrashed Brive 41-0 of their opening Problem Cup match.
Kristian Dacey, with two, and returning Wales wing Josh Adams scored first-half tries.
Lloyd Williams sealed the bonus level after simply 48 minutes on his 250th look for the membership.
Teddy Williams, Mason Grady and Theo Cabango added additional scores in a one-sided affair in freezing situations.
It was the primary Welsh victory in European competitors since December 2020, although Dragons halted the 20-match shedding streak with a draw away to Lions in South Africa a number of hours earlier.
Scrum-half Williams was named participant of the match as he was given loads of possession to get pleasure from towards the much-changed French strugglers, who by no means regarded able to breaking their shedding run with a lacklustre exhibiting within the Welsh capital.
Cardiff turned up the warmth early on as Adams acquired harmful touches on each flanks, and a excessive deal with on Cabango noticed Cardiff kick to the nook and drive over for Dacey’s opening rating after simply three minutes, transformed by Jarrod Evans.
Dacey bagged his second within the 18th minute in similar trend after a Lloyd Williams 50-22 kick put Cardiff on the offensive, and 4 minutes later a searing Evans break and lengthy go allowed Adams to race over.
Brive got here near working Valentin Tirefort clear within the left nook in a uncommon assault, however an outstanding 50-metre breakout from Thomas Younger underlined his worldwide credentials – though he departed at half-time with a knee pressure, to get replaced by Wales star Taulupe Faletau.
After blowing a number of possibilities both facet of the break, Cardiff have been gifted the bonus-point rating in weird trend when Joeli Matalaweru’s determined try to hold the ball in play noticed him flick it straight to Rhys Carre, who charged into the 22 and gave Williams the prospect to mark his milestone in fashion with a neat end.
Adams was taken off early because the win was sealed, with fellow Wales squad members Rhys Priestland and Dillon Lewis getting loads of recreation time without work the bench, though Tomos Williams was not used.
Lloyd Williams got here near a second, earlier than substitute lock Teddy Williams completed the transfer from shut vary, Evans changing to make it 31-0 on the hour.
Priestland and Cabango got here near including a sixth earlier than Brive misplaced Tom Danovaro to the sin-bin and Grady was labored over within the ensuing hole after 77 minutes.
Grady then turned supplier with a break for Cabango to complete and reward these members of the group who stayed the space within the chill.
Cardiff’s subsequent recreation is away to Newcastle Falcons, who misplaced their opener 22-8 in Connacht.
Cardiff director of rugby Dai Younger informed BBC Sport Wales:
“We might have settled for that earlier than the sport, the nil (towards) is simply as pleasing because the seven tries, however plenty of issues did not go in addition to we’d have preferred.
“I wasn’t completely snug entering into 19-0 up at half-time as a result of we must always have had a number of extra factors on the board, we kicked on however I felt we did not actually get out of third gear and we’ll need to be loads higher subsequent week (at Newcastle).
“Lloyd has deserved participant of the match as a result of for anybody to place 250 video games collectively for any membership is a big achievement, and Lloyd will let you know he is nonetheless acquired loads of rugby left in him. He is a high quality operator and the gamers have been decided to get the proper consequence for him.”
Captain Josh Turnbull stated:
“It was a crisp first half, we acquired what we wished early doorways but it surely acquired a bit scrappy second half as a result of we could not win line-out ball which we might used very nicely early to get our maul going.
“Newcastle aren’t doing too badly within the league, they will have a choice to make (on choice) however I am simply happy with our squad and we have proven a little bit of energy in depth with internationals on the bench approaching.
“(Successful) the Problem Cup offers you an entry into the Champions Cup and that is the aim, you need to be enjoying towards the very best groups, however we have got a little bit of historical past on this competitors and there isn’t any higher time for us.”
Cardiff: Ben Thomas; Josh Adams, Rey Lee-Lo, Max Llewellyn, Theo Cabango; Jarrod Evans, Lloyd Williams; Rhys Carré, Kristian Dacey, Dmitri Arhip, Lopeti Timani, Seb Davies, Josh Turnbull (capt), Thomas Younger, James Ratti
Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Brad Thyer, Dillon Lewis, Teddy Williams, Taulupe Faletau, Tomos Williams, Rhys Priestland, Mason Grady.
Brive: Mathis Ferte; Valentin Tirefort, Wesley Douglas, Thomas Laranjiera (capt), Joris Jurand; Enzo Herve, Enzo Sanga: Wesley Tapueluelu, Lucas da Silva, Tietie Tuimauga, Renger van Eerten, Andres Zafra, Matthieu Voisin, Joeli Matalaweru, Abraham Papali’i.
Replacements: Floran Dufour, Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Francisco Coria-Marchetti, Tevita Ratuva,Noe Bedou, Paul Abadie, Tanguy Lacoste, Tom Danovaro.
Referee: Gianluca Gnecchi (Italy)
Assistant referees: Alex Frasson & Franco Rosella (Italy)
TMO: Stefano Roscini (Italy)