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Preview: Blues searching for upturn in form in Williams’ 200th game

Avatar Joe Leavey 8 Nov 2019

Toyota Cheetahs travel to south Wales in urgent need of turning around their recent away day disappointments, while Cardiff Blues will be desperate to stop the rot by picking up their first win in five Guinness PRO14 matches.

Franco Smith’s Cheetahs started the season strongly on home soil but have fallen away on trips to Connacht and Scarlets in recent weeks, but it is Blues who really need the points after failing to win since the opening round of the competition against Isuzu Southern Kings.

And John Mulvihill has opted for a notable five changes in what represents a crucial home contest, bringing in Jarrod Evans at inside centre, James Tovey at No.10 and captaining scrum-half Lloyd Williams in his landmark 200th appearance for the club.

Smith has also opted for a hybrid of change and continuity for his team, retaining many of the outfit who succumbed to defeat in Llanelli last weekend but introducing Walt Steenkamp and Gerhard Olivier into the starting XV.

Kick-off: Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff | 17:15 (UK), 19:15 (SA)

How to watch: Live on eir sport 2, Premier Sports 1, SuperSport 1, S4C, DAZN, PRO14.tv

Players to watch out for: Matthew Morgan (Cardiff Blues), Rhyno Smith (Toyota Cheetahs)

Despite his team’s slow start to the competition, full-back Matthew Morgan has certainly caught the eye – impressing in the defeat at home to Munster in Round 5 as he made an encouraging eight carries and gained 79 metres.

And his overall statistics are similarly imposing, with his 21 defenders beaten in the Guinness PRO14 this season boding well for the visit of Cheetahs.

But the visitors boast a statistically superior full-back in the brilliant Rhyno Smith, whose searing form at the beginning of the competition saw him score six tries in the opening four matches.

And with Smith also topping the charts in terms of defenders beaten and clean breaks – he is also second in metres gained – it’s surely only a matter of time before he finds his try-scoring mojo once again.

Key stat: Mulvihill and his players will be buoyed by the fact they have won five of their last seven encounters against South African opponents, while Cheetahs have not won away from home since beating the Kings back in January.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan, Harri Millard, Rey Lee-Lo, Jarrod Evans, Aled Summerhill, Jason Tovey, Lloyd Williams (c), Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher, Scott Andrews, Josh Turnbull, Seb Davies, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Will Boyde, Nick Williams

Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Brad Thyer, Keiron Assiratti, Macauley Cook, Alun Lawrence, Lewis Jones, Willis Halaholo, Jason Harries

Toyota Cheetahs: Rhyno Smith, Clayton Blommetjies, William Small-Smith, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Anthony Volmink, Tian Schoeman, Ruan Pienaar (c), Luan de Bruin, Joseph Dweba, Aranos Coetzee, Sintu Manjezi, Walt Steenkamp, Gerhard Olivier, Junior Pokomela, Jasper Wiese

Replacements: Wilmar Arnoldi, Boan Venter, Erich de Jager, JP du Preez, Sias Koen, Tian Meyer, George Whitehead, Louis Fouche


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: Blues get back to winning ways against Cheetahs

Avatar Andy Baber 9 Nov 2019

Cardiff Blues ended their four-game losing streak in the Guinness PRO14 after tries in either half from Aled Summerhill and Josh Turnbull secured victory over Toyota Cheetahs.

A couple of Jason Tovey penalties, along with 14 points from the boot of Jarrod Evans, proved enough to give the Welsh outfit a confidence-boosting triumph.

The South African side scored tries through Rhyno Smith and Clayton Blommetjies, with Ruan Pienaar adding two conversions and a penalty, but it was not enough for the visitors.

Key moments

John Mulvihill’s men were in desperate need of a win in south Wales following consecutive defeats to Munster, Ulster, Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby.

And they got off to a dream start when Tovey slotted a penalty inside five minutes to give his side an early lead after the Cheetahs infringed at the breakdown.

Harri Millard then surged through the South African defence after being fed by Matthew Morgan before offloading to Summerhill, who crossed the whitewash for the first try.

Tovey was unable to add the extras but the Blues were soon given a further boost when Jasper Wiese was shown red for dangerous play to reduce Cheetahs to 14 men.

Tovey slotted the resulting penalty to open up an 11-point advantage before the Cheetahs hit back through Smith, with Pienaar converting to close the gap to four.

Blommetjies then silenced the Arms Park faithful on the half-hour with Cheetahs’ second try after Junior Pokomela launched a devastating counter-attack, with Pienaar on target again.

Tovey was forced off just before the break and Evans was on target with his first two efforts at goal, kicking the Blues into a narrow 17-14 lead at the interval.

And with Gerhard Olivier starting the second half on the bench after a late yellow card, the hosts continued to build on their advantage when Turnbull dotted down.

Evans converted to put the Blues 24-14 ahead before Pienaar responded with a kick of his own on 50 minutes to keep the visitors in touch going into the final half an hour.

But Evans continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over with two more penalties and despite late yellow cards for him and Keiron Assiratti, the Blues held on for victory.

Man of the match

There were plenty of important contributions across the pitch for the hosts but none more so than that of Jarrod Evans – who kept his composure under pressure.

Tovey’s early exit could have derailed Mulvihill’s side after a bright start, especially with the Cheetahs fighting back from 11-0 down to take a 14-11 lead.

But Evans switched from inside centre to ten seamlessly and his two kicks at the end of the first half ensured the hosts regained their lead going into the half-time interval.

He continued to impress after the break with a conversion and two more penalties, while his all-round play gave the Blues fans plenty to smile about.

Play of the day

They may have lost a third consecutive game on the road but Cheetahs still provided a thrilling reminder of why they are one of the most entertaining teams in the Championship.

Both of their tries were worthy of recognition as they lit up Arms Park with two scintillating moves.

Yet it was their first score, finished by that man Rhyno Smith once again, that just about edges out Blommetjies own box office effort for this particular prize.

Springbok legend Pienaar took the quick tap and after some brilliant hands, with special mention going to Anthony Volmick, Smith showed his pace to cross the whitewash.


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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