Match Preview: Cardiff Blues

Match Preview: Cardiff Blues

Get the latest ahead of Monday's match-up at BT Murrayfield as we host Cardiff Blues in Round 5 of the Guinness PRO14.

HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on Premier Sports 2 from 7.15pm ahead of an 7.45pm kick-off. You can also follow the match on BBC Radio Scotland, or with minute-by-minute updates via the club's live match centre.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andrew Brace (IRFU, 58th competition game)

Assistant Referees: Hollie Davidson, Ian Kenny (both SRU)

TMO: Sam Grove-White (SRU)


OVERALL PRO14 RECORD

Played 32, Edinburgh won 13, Cardiff won 19.

STORY OF THE MATCH

Edinburgh finally got off the mark for the new season with a dogged 6-3 win away at Scarlets in Round 4, a result which ended a five-game losing streak in the Guinness PRO14.

Now it’s time for Richard Cockerill’s side to banish another record and end their four-game losing streak at BT Murrayfield.

The history book makes for pleasant reading, with Edinburgh suffering just one defeat from their last eight matches with Welsh opposition, while they have won their last two encounters with Cardiff Blues.

The Blues have lost their last two Guinness PRO14 matches but have not lost three for more than a year, while they have won on five of their last seven trips to BT Murrayfield.

Away days have become a slog, however, with the Blues’ opening-day 16-6 success at Zebre their only away win in 2020.


LAST TIME OUT

The two sides met at BT Murrayfield back in February, which would ultimately be the last match played prior to league's suspension due to COVID-19. A George Taylor charge down try was the difference as Richard Cockerill's side came away with a 14-6 win.

RECENT MEETINGS

Date

Venue

E

C

Edinburgh scorers

Cardiff Blues scorers

03/09/2016

Cardiff Arms Park

16

34

Duncan Weir(C/3P) Junior Rasolea(T)

Gareth Anscombe(2C) Tomos Williams(T) Steve Shingler(T/2C/2P) Nick Williams(T) Penalty Try(T)

24/02/2017

Myreside

17

18

Rory Scholes(2T) Neil Cochrane(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(C)

Sion Bennett(T) Steve Shingler(C/2P) Lloyd Williams(T)

01/09/2017

Cardiff Arms Park

20

10

Duncan Weir(2C/2P) Chris Dean(T) Blair Kinghorn(T)

Josh Navidi(T) Jarrod Evans(C/P)

23/02/2019

BT Murrayfield

17

19

Nathan Fowles(T) Jaco van der Walt(2C/P) Viliame Mata(T)

Jason Harries(2T) Lloyd Williams(T) Jarrod Evans(2C)

05/10/2019

Cardiff Arms Park

19

11

Jaco van der Walt(C/4P) Mark Bennett(T)

Owen Lane(T) Jarrod Evans(2P)

28/02/2020

BT Murrayfield

14

6

Simon Hickey(3P) George Taylor(T)

Jason Tovey(2P)


KEY STATS

Edinburgh’s 6-3 victory at Scarlets last weekend ended a five-game losing streak in the Guinness PRO14.

Edinburgh have lost their last four fixtures at BT Murrayfield with their most recent victory being against Glasgow Warriors on 22 August

Edinburgh have lost only one of their last eight encounters with Welsh regions; 10-25 to Ospreys in Round one.

Cardiff Blues have lost their last two Guinness PRO14 matches but have not lost three in succession in the Championship for over 12 months.

The Blues only victory away from home in 2020 was 16-6 at Zebre on 2 October.

Edinburgh have won their last two fixtures against the Blues and have not won three in a row against the Welsh region since 2010.

The Blues have won on five of their last seven appearances to BT Murrayfield in the Championship.

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