Jamie Roberts gave Cardiff Blues the perfect parting gift as he scored a try on his final home appearance for the club to guarantee them Heineken Cup rugby next season.
The 26-year-old Wales and British & Irish Lions centre is heading to France next season and returned to the Blues starting line-up for their final home fixture of the season to score the third try in a 28-13 win over Zebre that provided the Welsh capital outfit with enough points to secure the third Welsh spot in the Heineken Cup next season.
While the Ospreys and Scarlets are battling it out for a Play-Off place at the top of the RaboDirect PRO12, the Blues had to finish ahead of the Dragons to be guaranteed a place at the top table of European club rugby once again next season. The Dragons were beaten 31-5 in Ulster on Friday night, leaving the Blues needing only to win to be safe.
Roberts got his chance in the 72nd minute and powered his way over from 25 metres out with two or three defenders desperately trying to hang on to him.
"There was no way I was going to pass!" said Roberts. "It was great to score in my last game at the Arms Park which is something I will remember.
"It was an emotional day for me that was also tinged with sadness. I would just like to thank all the people who have supported me over the years and it is going to be hard to leave.
"I will always be a Cardiff boy and as I'm still relatively young I would like to think I will come back one day. As a young guy who has grown up in Cardiff and gone through the whole system of primary, secondary and university education, I have never left this city.
"Now the university chapter has come to a close I have a chance to do something new with my life. I have taken that opportunity by flying the nest and try something new.
"Having spoken to a lot of senior players who have retired from the game and my parents, you have to take these chances. It will be a challenge going to a new place and it might get a bit lonely at times - but you only start living when you get outside of your comfort zone."
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.