Match Preview: Cardiff Rugby

Match Preview: Cardiff Rugby

Get the latest ahead of Saturday afternoon's United Rugby Championship Round 10 match against Cardiff Rugby at the DAM Health Stadium (8 January, kick-off 3pm) with this week's Match Preview.

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HOW TO WATCH

The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 2.30pm, and BBC Wales from 2.50pm ahead of a 3pm kick-off at the DAM Health Stadium.

You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre or listen live on BBC Radio Scotland.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Frank Murphy (IRFU, 55th competition game)

Assistants: Hollie Davidson, Ian Kenny (both SRU)

TMO: Neil Paterson (SRU)


TEAM NEWS

The Edinburgh Rugby team to face Cardiff Rugby at the DAM Health Stadium for Round 10 of the United Rugby Championship will be named at 12 noon on Friday 7 January via the club's website and social channels.

OVERALL URC RECORD

Played 34, Edinburgh won 14, Cardiff won 20.


STORY OF THE MATCH

Edinburgh’s only loss in any competition this season came via a last-gasp Leonardo Marin drop goal in a 28-27 defeat at Benetton in Round 2 of the URC.

Edinburgh are also yet to taste defeat at DAM Health Stadium with the last three meetings between the sides all being won by the home team.

Cardiff have won three of their five URC matches this term but have not prevailed away from home since a 29-28 win over Scarlets in Llanelli in May’s Rainbow Cup clash.

The Welsh club have triumphed in 20 of their 34 encounters against Edinburgh but their sole success in their last six visits to Scotland came at BT Murrayfield in February 2019.


RECENT MEETINGS

DateVenueECEdinburgh ScorersCardiff Scorers
Fri 1 Sep 17Cardiff Arms Park2010Duncan Weir(2C/2P) Chris Dean(T) Blair Kinghorn(T)Josh Navidi(T) Jarrod Evans(C/P)
Sat 23 Feb 19BT Murrayfield1719

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

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

Sat 5 Oct 19

Cardiff Arms Park1911

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

Owen Lane(T) Jarrod Evans(2P)

Fri 28 Feb 20

BT Murrayfield146

Simon Hickey(3P) George Taylor(T)

Jason Tovey(2P)

Mon 9 Nov 20

BT Murrayfield180

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

Mon 22 Mar 21Cardiff Arms Park1534

Charlie Savala(C/P) George Taylor(2T)

Rey Lee-Lo(T) Liam Belcher(T) Jarrod Evans(T/4C/2P) James Ratti(T)

TEAM COMPARISON

COMPARISONEdinburghCardiff
Last 3 URC results:23 Oct - Zebre (A) W 27-109 Oct - Bulls (H) L 19-29
27 Nov - Dragons (A) W 30-1416 Oct - Sharks (H) W 23-17
3 Dec - Benetton (H) W 24-1023 Oct - Dragons (H) W 31-29
URC 2021/222nd - W5 D1 L1 - 28pts10th - W3 D0 L2 - 14pts
URC FormlDWwwW (23pts)WWlLlW (16pts)
Top try scorer4 - Ben Vellacott, Darcy Graham3 - Owen Lane
Top points scorer37 - Blair Kinghorn31 - Rhys Priestland


KEY STATS AND RECORDS

Edinburgh Rugby’s only defeat in any competition this season was by a solitary point in Treviso in Round 2 of the United Rugby Championship.

Edinburgh are yet to be defeated at their new home with their last home reversal being 31-34 to Ulster in the Rainbow Cup at the main stadium in June.

Cardiff Rugby have won three of their five matches in the United Rugby Championship this campaign including the last two both at home to Sharks and Dragons in October.

Cardiff have not won away from home since beating Scarlets 29-28 in Llanelli in the Rainbow Cup in May.

Cardiff’s only victory in their last six visits to Scotland in all tournaments was 19-17 against Edinburgh at Murrayfield in February 2019.

The last three matches between the two sides have all gone the way of home field advantage.

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