Cardiff Blues: Gamers bear in mind Welsh area’s European win 10 years in the past
Cardiff Blues’ 2010 Problem Cup win ended a 15-year watch for a European trophy
A decade on from Cardiff Blues making historical past with Welsh rugby’s first European win, flanker Martyn Williams says it is a day he’ll always remember.
They defeated a multi-national Toulon outfit 28-21 to raise the Problem Cup on a dramatic afternoon in Marseille.
“It is up there for me, the way in which we received it made it a bit extra particular,” Williams advised BBC Sport Wales.
“We needed to be within the Champions Cup, however the expertise that day is no doubt a spotlight of my membership profession.”
Tries from Jamie Roberts, Leigh Halfpenny and Bradley Davies helped the Welsh underdogs come from 13-6 down on a scorching afternoon in entrance of a principally hostile crowd of 49,000, with the Stade Velodrome solely 40 miles from Toulon.
After profitable the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2008, Dai Younger’s aspect had come inside a penalty shootout of creating the Champions Cup ultimate in 2009, however dropped right down to the Problem Cup quarter-finals in 2010 after coming second of their Champions Cup group to eventual winners Toulouse.
After thumping Newcastle 55-20 and edging victory away to Wasps, the Mediterranean coast beckoned.
However mendacity in wait was a Toulon squad dominated by their international legion of ‘galacticos’, together with England’s Jonny Wilkinson, All Blacks duo Sonny Invoice Williams and Tana Umaga and Argentina’s Juan Fernandez Lobbe.
Scrum-half Richie Rees recollects the environment that day in Marseille.
“We knew it was going to be particular once we went there for the crew run the evening earlier than,” mentioned Rees.
“There have been Toulon supporters banging on the bus as we drove in and it was like a global day.
“It was an unbelievable expertise, however trying again on it now, 10 years in the past I most likely did not respect it, nevertheless it’s sensible to reminisce a few European cup for a Welsh crew.
“We rode our luck for the primary 20 or 30 minutes however as the sport went on, our model of rugby uncovered them a bit, we had the standard, we had been very correct and our massive gamers stood up.”
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Source:: New paper 24 – Sports