European Challenge Cup: Anscombe boots Cardiff Blues to last-gasp victory

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• Cardiff Blues 31-30 Gloucester

This was already a decent sporting week for Cardiff even before Gareth Anscombe lined up the angled 79th-minute penalty which ultimately yielded only the second Welsh triumph in the 22-year history of the European Challenge Cup. With their footballers promoted to the Premier League and their rugby players victorious on a breathless Basque evening, the city’s long-suffering sports fans have not had it so good in years.

Even by Gloucester’s customary standards, however, this was a head-clutching outcome. Not many sides could lead a European final 20-6 at half-time and still blow it but, then again, few can match the Cherry and Whites for maddening inconsistency. As Anscombe stood over his all-important penalty, there was never any sense he was about to miss the target.

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Written by Robert Kitson at San Mamés Stadium
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