LV= Cup: Cardiff Blues score win over London Wasps
Last Updated: 09/11/12 10:05pm
Ceri Sweeney: the hero for Cardiff Blues
Cardiff Blues came from behind to beat London Wasps 22-17 in the LV= Cup and end a six-game losing streak.
Phil Davies' men edged a thrilling, if error-strewn encounter at Cardiff Arms Park, as former international Ceri Sweeney crossed for a late try after coming on for the misfiring Gareth Davies.
The home side took the lead with a superbly-worked try as full-back Dan Fish ran wide to take a long pass from scrum-half Lewis Jones, straightened, using his winger as a foil, and raced through to the posts for Davies to convert.
Wasps hit back as fly-half Tommy Bell slotted over two penalties and the Londoners went ahead as No 8 Billy Vunipola found full-back Elliot Daly to force his way over the line.
The conversion went astray, but Bell made up for it with another penalty from the final kick before the interval.
Davies opened the second-half scoring with a penalty, but missed a straightforward repeat, prompting groans from the 7,046 crowd and his disappearance.
Bell showed how it should be done by adding another three points for Wasps but Cardiff hit back immediately, an excellent crossfield move creating space for Tom James to speed in by the flag.
Sweeney couldn't convert from the touchline but the substitute fly-half made amends with a brilliant individual try, barging through three attempted tackles to touch down under the crossbar, giving himself a simple job to add the extras and make it 22-17.
It looked as though flying Wasps wing Christian Wade had rescued the visitors when he chased a kick ahead in the dying minutes and seemed to have been impeded in the act of scoring but English referee Luke Pearce ignored claims for a penalty try, ruling that Wade had knocked on.