Match preview: Cardiff Blues
Get the inside line as we host Cardiff Blues at BT Murrayfield this Friday night in another vital Conference B encounter (28 February, kick-off 7.35pm) - live on Premier Sports 1.
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The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 7pm ahead of a 7.35pm kick-off. We will be providing in-game updates via our Live Match Centre.
Fourteen points currently separate the two clubs with Edinburgh in first place in Conference B (43) and Cardiff Blues in fifth place (29).
Last time out
Edinburgh travelled to face Cardiff Blues in round two of the Championship (October 5, 2019) where they secured their first road win of 2019-20. A well taken try from Mark Bennett and a stellar kicking display from eventual Man of the Match Jaco van der Walt paved the way for an 11-19 victory. Watch the highlights below:
Edinburgh come into Friday night's Conference B clash still unbeaten at BT Murrayfield this season and on a run of four straight wins in the Guinness PRO14. After December's 1872 Cup second leg win over Glasgow Warriors, the capital club have followed it up with a three consecutive conference wins against Southern Kings, Scarlets and Connacht which sees them sitting at the summit of the table.
Cardiff Blues have been in polarising form in the league, but ended a tricky run of results with a home win over Benetton on Sunday night. The Welsh club had suffered two consecutive Conference defeats to Scarlets and Connacht, while their last home victory prior to Bennetton was a Boxing Day derby win over Dragons.
In a strange twist, both clubs prefer to play each other on opposition turf. The Blues have won on their last two visits to BT Murrayfield - including a Challenge Cup Quarter-Final in March 2018 - while Edinburgh have also won on their last two visits to Cardiff Arms Park.
The Blues will likely be without their cohort of international stars - including Jarrod Evans and Hallam Amos - but having missed out on the trip to Connacht through injury, Shane Lewis-Hughes returned to the Welsh club's back-row to face Benetton alongside Olly Robinson and Josh Turnbull. Young winger Ryan Edwards made his full debut last weekend and could be handed his second start this weekend.
Edinburgh came through last weekend's bonus-point win over Connacht relatively unscathed, while young pack pairing Stan South and Dan Winning both excelled on their debuts for the club. The capital side will have a wait to find out who will return from Scotland's Guinness Six Nations camp, but will be hopeful of a handful of returning stars for the Conference B clash.
Players to watch
Olly Robinson - Former Bristol back-row Robinson joined the Welsh club on an initial loan in 2017, but soon cemented himself as a fan favourite as he was named the Guinness PRO14's top tackler in his debut season. A constant threat at the breakdown, the back-row will be look to make his mark at every contact possible.
Jason Tovey - Former Edinburgh stand-off Tovey returned to the Blues at the start of the current campaign and will likely be handed a start as he returns to the Scottish capital. A deadly goal-kicker with an eye for a gap, the Dragons all-time points scorer will be keen add to his points tally at BT Murrayfield.
Nick Williams - The Blues stalwart has been an explosive ball carrier since moving to Arms Park in 2016 and will once again be a key figure in the Cardiff attack. Expect the No.8 to feature heavily, especially when carrying in tight quarters.