Cardiff battle to victory

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Ceri Sweeney was in imperious form for Cardiff
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Ceri Sweeney was in imperious form for Cardiff

Cardiff Blues started life under new director of rugby Phil Davies with a gutsy 13-9 win over Connacht in RaboDirect Pro12.

Ceri Sweeney peppered the wings with intelligent kicks and was in fine form from the kicking tee, landing two penalties and converting Lewis Jones' 30th-minute try from the touchline to send the Blues in 13-0 up the break.

Connacht launched their comeback bid on the back of three Miah Nikora penalties, yet they lacked the killer instinct to overhaul the Blues who deservedly hung on to take the result.

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