Patchell kicks Cardiff Blues to win


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Cardiff Blues today battled to win only their third match in 14 to move two places up the RaboDirect Pro12 table after beating Newport-Gwent Dragons 12-10 in the east Wales derby at the Arms Park.

The Blues moved above Edinburgh and Treviso into seventh place but were under pressure throughout before winning with four penalties from the impressively cool teenage fly-half Rhys Patchell.

The Dragons claimed the only try of the contest through centre Andy Tuilagi but were left to rue other missed chances – fly-half Dan Evans missed with two penalty attempts – during a game played in appalling conditions.

The Blues took the lead with their first real chance through Patchell's fine angled 45-metre penalty, and the youngster kept his head to strike three more times as the weather considerably worsened.

Ospreys defeated Scarlets 32-3 in today's other Pro12 fixture.