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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Cardiff Blues stage incredible comeback to beat Gloucester in Challenge Cup final thanks to 79th minute penalty

Cardiff Blues players celebrate after the match. REUTERS/Vincent West
Cardiff Blues players celebrate after the match. REUTERS/Vincent West
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Cardiff staged not one, but two second-half fightbacks to stun their opponents and clinch a 31-30 victory over Gloucester in tonight's European Challenge Cup final in Bilbao.

Gloucester were in control of their European Challenge Cup final against the Blues as the Aviva Premiership side led 20-6 at half-time.

The Blues came flying out of the blocks at the start of the second half and tries from Tomos Williams and Garyn Smith helped them establish a 23-20 lead.

James Hanson scored Gloucester's third try to help put the English side 30-23 in front, but Blaine Scully's 76th-minute score took Cardiff back to within two points.

Gareth Anscombe missed the conversion, but his nerveless 79th-minute penalty completed the comeback and earned Cardiff the trophy for a second time.

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