Alex Cuthbert grabs first half hat-trick in Cardiff Blues close loss to Sale
Sale put their Premiership misery to one side and got their Heineken Cup campaign off to the ideal start thanks to a thrilling Danny Cipriani-inspired comeback win over Cardiff Blues.
Blues looked to be coasting as they took control with a ruthless attacking display and three Alex Cuthbert tries. They had seemed certain victors when they led by 15 points heading towards the final quarter at Salford City Stadium.
Cuthbert's superbly worked first-half treble and some hugely impressive long-range kicking from Leigh Halfpenny looked to have wrapped up an eighth successive opening-day Heineken Cup win.
Cuthbert scored the first following a fine charge by Jamie Roberts and a quality short pass from Ceri Sweeney.
And a delightful move involving almost half the team culminated in Cuthbert running in a simple second in the right-hand corner.
Hooker Marc Breeze burst through deep into Sale territory and delayed his pass to Cuthbert, who completed a simple hat-trick.
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