Match Preview: Cardiff Blues

Match Preview: Cardiff Blues

​Get the latest ahead of Monday night's trip to face Cardiff Blues at Arms Park (kick-off 8pm) with this week's Match Preview.

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HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 7.30pm ahead of an 8pm kick-off at Cardiff Arms Park. You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre.


TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT

The Edinburgh Rugby squad to face Cardiff Blues will be named at 12 noon on Sunday 21 March via press release, as well as on the club's website and social channels.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU, 189th competition game)

Assistant Referees: Adam Jones, Wayne Davies (both WRU)

TMO: Rhys Thomas (WRU)


CONFERENCE STANDINGS

OVERALL PRO14 RECORD

Played 33, Cardiff won 19, Edinburgh won 14.


STORY OF THE MATCH

Edinburgh may be in fifth place but they still have a mathematical chance of bagging a top-three spot with two games in hand on Monday’s opponents and Scarlets.

The capital side also have an excellent recent record against Cardiff having won the last three, the latest coming four months ago when tries from Lee-Roy Atalifo and Dave Cherry wrapped up an impressive 18-0 victory at BT Murrayfield.

Not only have Edinburgh dominated Cardiff lately, they have also won on their last four visits to Wales, so Richard Cockerill’s side will be in good heart.

Blues bounced back from successive defeats with a 29-14 win at Benetton to move to within three points of third-placed Scarlets, giving added significance to Monday’s matches.


LAST TIME OUT

The two sides met at BT Murrayfield in November where tries from Dave Cherry and Lee-Roy Atalifo secured an 18-0 win. Highlights below:

RECENT MEETINGS

Date

Venue

C

E

Cardiff scorers

Edinburgh scorers

Fri 24 Feb 17

Myreside

18

17

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

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

Fri 1 Sep 17

Cardiff Arms Park

10

20

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

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

Sat 23 Feb 19

BT Murrayfield

19

17

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

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

Sat 5 Oct 19

Cardiff Arms Park

11

19

Owen Lane(T) Jarrod Evans(2P)

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

Fri 28 Feb 20

BT Murrayfield

6

14

Jason Tovey(2P)

Simon Hickey(3P) George Taylor(T)

Mon 9 Nov 20

BT Murrayfield

0

18

Lee-Roy Atalifo(T) Nathan Chamberlain(C/2P) Dave Cherry(T)


KEY STATS

Cardiff Blues two game losing run in the Guinness PRO14 ended with their 29-14 victory in Treviso on Sunday.

The Blues most recent victory at Cardiff Arms Park was against Benetton in February 2020.

Edinburgh Rugby have won just twice since early January, both away from home, at Zebre in Round 11 and at Connacht in Round 15 of the Guinness PRO14.

Edinburgh have won on their last four visits to Wales.

Edinburgh have won their last three encounters with the Blues and have also been triumphant on their last two visits to the Arms Park.


TEAM COMPARISON

COMPARISON

Cardiff

Edinburgh

Last 3 PRO14 results:

20 Feb - Connacht (A) L 17-32

20 Feb - Munster (H) L 10-22

26 Feb - Munster (H) L 11-20

27 Feb - Scarlets (H) L 25-27

14 Mar - Benetton (A) W 29-14

13 Mar - Connacht (A) W 15-14

PRO14 2019/20

Conf B: 4th - W7 D0 L8 - 31pts

Conf B: 5th - W5 D0 L8 - 24pts

PRO14 form

LWwlLw (13pts)

WlwLLw (14pts)

Top try scorer

4 - Rey Lee-Lo

3 - Magnus Bradbury

Top points scorer

75 - Jarrod Evans

66 - Jaco van der Walt

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