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Report: Bristol Rugby v Cardiff Blues

Bristol Rugby suffered a 26-31 defeat at the hands of Cardiff Blues on Friday.

Cardiff raced into a 0-14 lead inside the opening five minutes as Gavin Evans and Aled Summerhill exploited the home defence to cross in quick succession.

Auguy Slowik's break almost handed Bristol a route back into the game, while Blues winger Dan Fish was stopped just a metre from the line in a lively opening period.

After Tom Williams was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle, trialist Tom Morgan rumbled over on his club debut to reduce the deficit to 5-14.

Owen Jenkins edged the visitors further ahead when he took advantage of numbers out wide to canter over for Cardiff's third converted try before the interval.

A entirely new fifteen took the field for the second half and it was Bristol who drew first blood when Chris Brooker wriggled over from three metres, while Jarvis converted.

Olly Robinson's converted touch down from the back of a driving ineout brought the hosts back within two points with an hour on the clock.

And Mitch Eadie completed a remarkable turnaround when the replacement back rower ghosted between two defenders to slide over for a converted try, moving the score to 26-21.

But Cardiff refused to buckle and regained a slim advantage as Tavis Knoyle showed fleet of foot to slide over from fifteen metres.

After Mark Sorenson was sin-binned, Jarrod Evans struck a penalty goal to give the Blues a five point victory.