Gavin Henson makes promising return in easy Cardiff win

Cardiff 28 Newport 9: Henson”s promising return as Blues claim comfortable win

Gavin Henson began the long road back to regaining his place in the Wales side on Friday night as he completed his first game since August.

The 29-year-old former golden boy of Welsh rugby provided some classy touches from full back as Cardiff Blues enjoyed a comfortable win in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 competition.

Back in action: Henson playing for Cardiff on Friday

Back in action: Henson playing for Cardiff on Friday

Alex Cuthbert’s two tries were the highlight for Cardiff fans, with lock Bradley Davies adding another as Leigh Halfpenny kicked two conversions and three penalties to lift them to fourth place. But the focus for everybody else was the performance of Henson as he attempts to earn a permanent
deal with the club.

He has been training with the Blues on a short-term contract since October, but his first game was delayed as he took longer than expected to recover from the wrist injury he collected during Wales’s August World Cup warm-up win over England.

Diving in: Henson tackles Martyn Thomas

Diving in: Henson tackles Martyn Thomas

But he came through the contest well, several times joining in the line with intelligent running to add to the attacking options. And key for Henson, capped 33 times by Wales, was that he came through the complete 80
minutes.

He said: ‘I’m incredibly grateful to the Blues for giving me a chance — it is like a trial thing until the end of the season.

‘The latest injury was quite serious, and the length it has taken to heal has been a little bit of a nightmare, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

‘Everyone knows I’ve been a little bit injury-prone over the last four or five years, so now it is up to me to repay that opportunity and just try to get that long-term contract with them.