Cardiff Blues boost play-off hopes with 14-6 win over Sale Sharks

Gareth Anscombe kicked three penalties for the Blues
Gareth Anscombe kicked three penalties for the Blues

Cardiff Blues 14-6 Sale Sharks, Cardiff Arms Park

Cardiff Blues have boosted their chances of making to the play-off of the European Rugby Challenge Cup with a 14-6 hard-fought win at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday.

Wales international Gareth Anscombe kicked a ninth minute penalty to get the Blues off the mark but four minutes later Will Cliff responded with a three pointer of his own to level the scores and that remained the scoreline for the remainder of the first half.

Fullback Matthew Morgan extended Cardiff Blues' lead with the opening try of the game in the 47th minute and Anscombe despite missing the conversion, slotted a penalty to increase their lead to eight points.

Cliff's second penalty that came in the 65th minute provided some respite for the visitors as the gap came down to five points but Cardiff Blues managed to hold their nerve and Anscombe's 74th minute penalty ensured an eight-point win for the Welsh regional side.

The Blues currently top Pool 2 with 13 points while Sale Sharks are languishing at the bottom with seven points.