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Preview: Blues home form to be tested against Edinburgh

Avatar Bradley West 4 Oct 2019

Something will have to give in Cardiff on Saturday as two sides who gained victory on the opening weekend clash when Cardiff Blues host Edinburgh Rugby.

The home side will be looking to back up their narrow victory over Isuzu Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth, which ended a three-game losing run in the Guinness PRO14.

They also boast an impressive home record, having lost just once at Arms Park in the Championship since the opening round of last season, but this will be tested against an in-form Edinburgh side.

Richard Cockerill’s men scored 50 points as they thumped Zebre in Round 1, only the second time they have clocked up a half-century of points in a Championship encounter since 2011.

The Scotsmen have won on three of their last six visits to Wales and will be optimistic of making that four in seven if last week’s showing is anything to go by.

Kick-off: Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff | 17:15 UK, Saturday 5 October

How to watch: Live on S4C, Premier Sports 1, eir Sport 2, DAZN

Players to watch out for: Matthew Morgan (Cardiff Blues), Mark Bennett (Edinburgh)

Full-back Matthew Morgan was one of Blues’ standout performers in their thrilling victory in South Africa, grabbing a crucial try as well as gathering several loose balls and deputising well with the boot in the absence of Jarrod Evans.

Mark Bennett was equally brilliant for the Scottish side against Zebre, scoring a hat-trick of tries as he constantly made a threat of himself.

Bennett has been plagued by injury since joining Edinburgh two years ago but looked back to his best with a performance that was long overdue and surely now he will come good on his talent for Cockerill’s team with a run of strong showings.

Key stat: The Blues have not won their opening two matches of a new campaign since 2016/17.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan, Owen Lane, Garyn Smith, Willis Halaholo, Aled Summerhill, Jarrod Evans, Lloyd Williams, Brad Thyer, Liam Belcher, Dmitri Arhip, Seb Davies, Rory Thornton, Josh Turnbull, Olly Robinson, Nick Williams

Replacements: Kristian Dacey, Corey Domachowski, Scott Andrews, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Will Boyde, Lewis Jones, Jason Tovey, Harri Millard

Edinburgh: Damien Hoyland, Jamie Farndale, Mark Bennett, Matt Scott, Duhan van der Merwe, Jaco van der Walt, Nic Groom, Pierre Schoeman, Mike Willemse, Pietro Ceccarelli, Fraser McKenzie, Murray Douglas, Lewis Carmichael, Luke Crosbie, Nick Haining

Replacements: Cameron Fenton, Jamie Bhatti, Murray McCallum, Mesu Kunavula, Ally Miller, Charlie Shiel, Simon Hickey, George Taylor


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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Report: Bennett seals Edinburgh win to give Cardiff the Blues

Avatar Joe Leavey 5 Oct 2019

Mark Bennett scored the match-winning try as Edinburgh made it two from two in Conference B with a eight-point victory over Cardiff Blues at Cardiff Arms Park.

It took 71 minutes for the visitors to score their first try of the game, Jaco van der Walt grabbing all 12 of Edinburgh’s points through penalties before Bennett, who scored a hat-trick in last weekend’s victory over Zebre, crossed the whitewash.

It was a tough afternoon for Cardiff, who led early on thanks to an Owen Lane try and a penalty from Jarrod Evans, the Welsh side left to rue multiple missed opportunities on the ball.

KEY MOMENTS

It was Edinburgh who got the first points on the board at Adams Park with Van der Walt scoring two penalties in quick succession to give the visitors a 6-0 lead, but Cardiff struck back quickly, winger Lane bursting through the defence to score the first try of the game.

The hosts took the lead for the first time on 35 minutes through an Evans penalty, but it was Edinburgh who edged the match at the break, Van der Walt with another straightforward penalty.

The hosts were not able to hold on to their slender advantage for long, as the Blues regained the lead just four minutes into the second-half through another Evans penalty.

The back-and-forth theme continued as Edinburgh retook a one-point lead after Van der Walt scored his fourth penalty of the evening.

As the clock ticked down gaps started to appear, Edinburgh’s George Taylor capitalising as he burst through the midfield, spotting the support of Bennett who crossed for the visitor’s first try of the game, Van der Walt converting to secure the win for Edinburgh and keep his 100% accuracy with the boot.

MAN OF THE MATCH

After controlling much of the play for 80 minutes, Jaco van der Walt was certainly the most deserving of tonight’s Man of the Match award.

The South African was clinical in his kicking game, scoring four penalties and converting Bennett’s try, his assured performance was essential for Edinburgh to secure the win on the road.

PLAY OF THE DAY

In a game that saw almost as many points scored through penalties as tries, Bennett’s match-winner has to be the standout effort.

The second-half was a cagey affair but it was Taylor who brought the game back to life with his pace down the middle, before Bennett powered clear of the defence to dot down.


Cardiff City Stadium will play host to the 2020 Guinness PRO14 Final on June 20 as one of the most exciting days in the club rugby calendar comes to Wales!

General sale tickets are available from http://bit.ly/PRO14Cardiff2020 and prices start at just £13 for concessions and £26 for adults (subject to booking fees), that’s a 15% early bird discount. Family ticket (2 adults / 2 children) prices begin at £64 and fans are encouraged to buy early to get the best value tickets.

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