Sale Sharks travelled to Cardiff on Thursday evening to avoid the Bank Holiday traffic and were the Blues first opponents on their brand new synthetic playing surface.
Sharks had one their previous two pre season games at Fylde and at home to Leeds Carnegie last Saturday, scoring plenty of tries but conceding just one in 160 minutes.
The game in Cardiff was Sale's last pre season game before the season opener at Gloucester in at fortnight.
David Seymour led the Sharks out as skipper and the team were wearing their brand new Samuari away kit for the first time.
Cardiff kicked off and within two minutes Sharks crossed for a try when Henry Thomas emerged from a pile of bodies to claim the try. Nick Macleod kicked the conversion from the touchline and Sharks led 0-7. Sharks conceded a penalty straight from the restart when Davies booted a long range penalty 3-7. Nick Macleod restored Sharks seven point lead a well struck penalty shortly afterwards 3-10.
Sharks scrum was solid and their forwards dominated the hosts in the early part of the game, which on an unfamiliar surface must have been pleasing for the coaching staff.
Sale went further ahead on 21 minutes when Sam James slid in for a try after great work by David Seymour and Sammy Tuitupou. Nick Macleod converted 3-17.
The Sale lineout was working well and on two occasions the drive from the lineout smashed the Blue defence.
Sharks went down to 14 players on 27 minutes when Mark Cueto was sin binned for tackling a Blues player without the ball. Cardiff applied pressure with their one man advantage but a promising move broke down with a knock on. The Sale defence was put under more pressure during the spell where Cueto was in the sin bin but the defence held firm.
Davies landed two penalties just before the break for the Blues 9-17.
Half Time Cardiff Blues 9 Sale Sharks 17
Cardiff Blue made mass substitutions for the second half in an effort to get back into the game and the home fans were soon on their feet when Tom Williams went over for a well taken try. Patchell converted and Blues were right back into the game 16-17.
Replacement scrum half Lloyd Williams put Cardiff into the lead with a try and Patchell improved the try to put the hosts 23-17 in front after 54 minutes. Cardiff's Owen Williams scored Blues third try with a great solo effort. Patchell again converted and Blues led 30-17 with three converted tries in the first 18 minutes of the second half.
Patchell increased the lead with a 50metre drop goal on the hour 33-17.
Sharks made several substitutions including Danny Cipriani who replaced a hobbling Nick Macleod. Sam James also left the field with an arm injury.
With ten minutes to go Sharks scrum pushed Cardiff back over their own line and scored a try through James Gaskell. Joe Ford converted and this to reduce the Blues lead to 33-24.
Cardiff scored their fourth try of the half through Daffyd Hewitt on 76 minutes. Patchell converted 40-24.
Owen Williams finished the scoring with a try in the final minute. Patchell missed his conversion attempt.
Final Score Cardiff Blues 45 Sale Sharks 24