15 Aug 14
George Watkins opened his try account with a debut score but it was powerful Exeter Chiefs that ran out 24-17 winners in an entertaining pre-season opener at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Cardiff Blues confirmed the major signing of New Zealand international forward Jarrad Hoeata from Super 15 giants the Highlanders in 2014.
Hoeata, who can play second row or back row, moved to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park at the completion of the 2014 Investec Super Rugby season.
The Tauranga-born ace has been a member of the All Blacks, Maori All Blacks, All Blacks Sevens, has represented three Super Rugby teams and has been a mainstay of the Taranaki ITM Cup side since his playing debut in 2006.
Hoeata – who stands a menacing 6ft 5in tall and weighs 17st 6lbs – has won three caps for New Zealand after making his debut in 2011 against Fiji. He also featured in two Tests against South Africa in the Tri-Nations.
He becomes the latest New Zealander to represent the Blues and follows in the footsteps of Xavier Rush, Paul Tito, Ben Blair, Michael Paterson and Jonah Lomu.
|DOB||12th Dec 1983|
|Birthplace||Porirua, N Zealand|
|Height||1.98 m (6' 6")|
|Weight||112 kg (17 st 8 lb)|
|Honours||New Zealand (3 caps)|