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It was 10 years ago...

Post by strawclearer » Thu May 02, 2019 9:15 pm

"On 3 May 2009, Cardiff Blues hosted Leicester Tigers at the national stadium for a Heineken Cup semi-final. The visitors dominated the first half, but after a stirring Blues fightback, a draw and a sterile spell of extra-time, we witnessed one of rugby’s strangest and most gripping finale’s to a match: a penalty shootout. We have seen nothing like it in professional rugby before or since..."

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Re: It was 10 years ago...

Post by 1989Tiger » Thu May 02, 2019 9:21 pm

I was there. What a game!

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Post by PGD » Thu May 02, 2019 10:46 pm

Horrified to think Castro might've had to kick a ball... I'll bet Castro wasn't happy either. Finished up after the game in an Italian with a number of Blues fans, singing our way through the Tom Jones songbook (assisted by a lot of red wine). What rugby's about.

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Post by Dangerous4 » Fri May 03, 2019 12:25 am

A memorable game, and I was a bag of nerves at the end.

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Re: It was 10 years ago...

Post by chewbacca » Fri May 03, 2019 6:16 am

That was a good year. Cardiff, Twickenham and Edinburgh. So close to beating Leinster. So close to a coronary event at Cardiff.
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Post by clarkey80 » Fri May 03, 2019 9:23 am

I had to watch it on record.
I came back home and turned on my sky box and was surprised to see that the game was still being recorded when it should have finished. For the life of me I couldn't fathom it out!
Had tickets for the final in Edinburgh so the feeling of joy at that Crane kick was awesome!
Miss those days...

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Post by jgriffin » Fri May 03, 2019 10:33 am

Mentioned in a conversation with two Blues fans in City Arms last year! Despite losing, a life highlight for them as a unique event.
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Post by Soggypitch » Fri May 03, 2019 1:36 pm

I watched it in the Plough at Bruntingthorpe with two of my boys. We had snook away from a family party (my wife's ageing Aunt) in Shearsby and I said "We won't be long".

When we returned 2.5 hours or so later my wife said; "Where have you been?" I said "there was extra time and penalties!!"

She needless to say thought I was taking the :censored:!!
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Re: It was 10 years ago...

Post by Voyager1 » Fri May 03, 2019 2:29 pm

I remember it quite well perhaps for all the wrong reasons. When the Tigers came out of the tunnel at the start of the game they were actually booed on to the pitch by the Cardiff fans, in all my years following rugby union I had never experienced that before. I thought it was an absolute disgrace, and they got their comeuppance at the end. A terrific win by the lads. :smt045 :smt041
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Re: It was 10 years ago...

Post by teds » Sat May 04, 2019 9:24 am

Incredibly exciting at the time, but I don’t think I’d want to see another game decided by penalty shoot out.

There has to be a better way.

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Re: It was 10 years ago...

Post by 1989Tiger » Sat May 04, 2019 9:27 am

teds wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 9:24 am
Incredibly exciting at the time, but I don’t think I’d want to see another game decided by penalty shoot out.

There has to be a better way.
I believe now, each team nominate one kicker to kick from different areas on the pitch.

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Re: It was 10 years ago...

Post by CJ » Sat May 04, 2019 10:39 am

Gosh, ten years. Where has that time gone? I remember the penalty shoot out so well. I was at the other end of the ground though, and did actually watch it, hands over mouth. I thought their player would miss - his body language said I don't want to be here. Then JC kicked his. Wonderful.

Ah, the good old days.

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