It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and to celebrate the 2016 that we’ve had I’ve put together a slight twist on the traditional 12 days, to create The 12 Days of Cardiffmas. Enjoy the next almost two weeks of looking back over the last year of action from all aspects of Cardiff Rugby!
The date is Friday 28th October 2016, and at the Arms Park, Cardiff Blues are down 10-28 to West Wales rivals Llanelli Scarlets. It’s been a hammering so far, with the visitors blitzing us early in the first half and leaving us staring down the barrel of a third league defeat in as many games.
There are Turk fans everywhere on the North Terrace loving life, and as the referee gets increasingly bizarre, the Cardiff team are fighting a more uphill battle than ever to try and salvage the remnants of such a fantastic start of the season.
Cardiff, though, have a scrum deep in Llanelli territory. The front row turns the screw and Josh Turnbull controls the ball from number eight. He flicks the ball to replacement scrum-half Lloyd Williams who let’s Tom James, Steve Shingler and Rey Lee-Lo run dummy lines to find Jarrod Evans in space before the ball is floated wide to the right wing over Dan Fish’s head.
The ball bounces before being collected, allowing Scarlets winger Steffan Evans to get across in defensive cover. However, soon something amazing soars through the sky. “Is it a bird? Is it a plane?….No! It’s Blaine Scully!!’ The American takes off from fully five metres out, launching himself across the try line before touching the ball down whilst still completely in the air.
Steff Evans gets up to claim the winger was in touch, but he has vastly underestimated the powers of Superman Scully. The TMO confirms that the try is, of course, good and Blaine joins the likes of Ieuan Evans, Phil Bennett and the great Gareth Edwards in scoring a generation defining try* at the Cardiff Arms Park.
As if scoring the try of the year isn’t enough for the magic man, he gets up and high fives a fan before lapping up the ‘USA’ chants from the Cardiff faithful. When Scully retires he should write a book called ‘How to make yourself a cult hero in two flying seconds’, because I know I’d buy it.
The man has taken on the mantle left by Richard Smith as my favourite player, and after a somewhat underwhelming first season he’s made a spot in the back three his own since September. Already on one more appearance and one more try than all of last season, he is really coming into his own in Cardiff’s blue and I hope will continue to prove a lot of people wrong who doubted him last year.
Unfortunately the score could not prevent a defeat on that night against Llanelli, but the try will be strong in the memory of those in attendance that Welsh derby night for many years to come.
*Some of the claims in this blog may be slightly over-inflated, but it was a bloody good try!
On the first day of Christmas, Danny Wilson gave to me, a flying Blaine Scully….
Merry Christmas to all readers and rugby fans everywhere! Dan.