Attack, attack, attack has largely been the story of the year for Cardiff. While some aspects of play have been disappointing at different points throughout the season, the offensive side of our game as often been the basis of all positivity, and we have had little difficulty scoring points throughout the year.
In fact, the stats show 736 points scored by Cardiff Blues in 2016, which spread across 29 games comes to a grand average of 25.3 points scored per game. Not too shabby at all!
34 points at home to Edinburgh, 28 in a win over Bath and 37 against Munster were all impressive totals, but nothing in relation to the 56 points scored in the win over Treviso at Arms Park in March. Eight tries on that day were the most tries scored by a Cardiff team in the Pro12 last year.
Interestingly as well is that all the tries were from different players, giving an idea of how good the threat was from the Cardiff attack in 2016 that the scores could be from anywhere around the field.
That was underlined by the first two tries on the night where Ellis Jenkins was the beneficiary of a dominant driving maul, before Josh Navidi crossed in the corner after a free-flowing move from the right wing to the left with the ball moving through six sets of hands.
Next up was Rey Lee-Lo taking advantage of a drifting Treviso defence to rub back on the angle after another flowing Cardiff move, before Kristian Dacey crashed over from close range for the bonus point. With that confirmed the home side seemed to step off the accelerator, however the last 10 minutes managed to double the try tally.
Manoa Vosawai was on the back of another driving maul, Tom James was the last man of another well worked attacking phase, Dan Fish turned on the afterburners from a quick tap penalty, before Rhys Patchell rounded off the scoring as more pacey Cardiff attack split the Treviso defence open like the red sea, or the green sea in their case.
Eight tries along with 16 points off the kicking tee, got us to the 56 point mark and left Treviso on the end of what most would call a rout. A real confidence booster that would take us through back-to-back wins in Welsh derbies over Llanelli and Newport.
It also formed part of a four game winning run. The wonders of what a dominant win can do for a team! Cardiff entering 2017, take note.
On the seventh day of Christmas, Danny Wilson gave to me eight tries v Treviso, seven missing Welshmen, six Pro12 debuts, five away league wiiins, four derby wins, three derby losses, two Royal Kings and a flying Blaine Scullyyy…