Cardiff Blues overcame the Southern Kings in the first game of the season on Saturday, as a second half comeback secured a 27-31 victory at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
It may have only been the start of the 2019/20 campaign, but there were already some movements on the Cardiff Blues stats leaderboards, while individual contributions made some big differences on the field in South Africa.
The top is in sight
Scrum-half Lloyd Williams ran out for his 195th Cardiff Blues appearance on Saturday, drawing level with Gethin Jenkins in second place on the Total Cardiff Blues Appearances list.
The 29–year-old played the full 80, making 76 passes and martialling a dominant driving maul, as he continued to close in on Fa’ao Filise’s 255 appearances at the top of the list.
It wasn’t a good weekend for Gethin’s records as he was overtaken by Alun Wyn Jones has the player with the most test caps for Wales.
Rollin up the leaderboard
Kris Dacey came off the bench to carry four times and make three tackles on Saturday, as he returned to competitive action for the first time since injuring his shoulder against Munster late last season.
He also grabbed a try, his 26th in Cardiff Blues colours, putting him joint-sixth on the Cardiff Blues Tries Scored list alongside Chris Czekaj and Dan Fish, further cementing his position as the highest ranking forward on the list.
With 151 appearances to his name, Dacey scores a try just under every six games. Not a bad record for a hooker!
Throwing it away
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Four months of pre-season and the lineout has got worse if anything, which beggars belief considering how bad it was last year.
Four lost lineouts on our own throw and at least one secured with very scrappy ball. When backs of the quality that we possess are in the backfield waiting for good ball, this is a seriously poor statistic.
Most worryingly, we looked totally out of ideas about how to win the lineout towards the end of the game. I know what training will consist of this week!
He wears a magic hat
Olly Robinson made his 50th Cardiff Blues appearance on Saturday, and capped it with a fine individual performance at openside flanker.
14 carries for 28 metres were both more than double any other starting forward, while his 10 tackles led the team defensively, as he stepped up in a leadership role after the departure of Nick Williams.
When you consider that Robinson had been ill in the few days leading up to the game, and was actually throwing up during it, then his performance becomes all the more remarkable.
Olly Robinson is magic.