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Preview: Lee-Lo and Wootton return in titanic Blues versus Munster clash

Avatar Rich Dore 1 Nov 2019

A thumping Round 5 of Guinness PRO14 action is rounded off on Saturday evening as Cardiff Blues look to get back to winning ways at home to in-form Munster.

The Blues have endured a rocky start since their victory over Isuzu Southern Kings on the opening weekend with three defeats, and have not lost four in a row in the same season since 2015/16.

The Blues big news is that Rey Lee-Lo returns to centre-stage, the Samoan ace missed the opening weeks of the season due to his involvement in the Rugby World Cup and goes straight into the starting line-up.

Meanwhile Munster’s Johann van Graan has rung 11 changes to the side that defeated Ospreys last time out with only the quartet of Jack O’Donoghue, Dan Goggin, Calvin Nash and Shane Daly retaining their places.

The all-new starting front row sees Jeremy Loughman and Kevin O’Byrne scrum down with Academy prop Keynan Knox on his first Guinness PRO14 start, with Darren O’Shea and Fineen Wycherley forming the second row partnership.

Alby Mathewson and JJ Hanrahan are the starting half-backs and Sammy Arnold makes his first start of the season as he joins Goggin in midfield.

Kick-off: Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff | 19:35

How to watch: Live on Premier Sports 1, Super Sport 2, eir sport 1, TG4, DAZN, PRO14.tv

Players to watch out for: Rey Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues) and Alex Wootton (Munster)

To put it simply the Cardiff Blues faithful will be delighted to see the return of Lee-Lo, a centre who can do absolutely everything and starred a number of times last season with crunching hits, dancing feet and plenty of playmaking.

Munster though have their own returning star, Alex Wootton is remembered for scoring some dazzling tries last season and overcomes a knee injury for his first appearance since March – expect fireworks.

Key stat: The last four fixtures between the two sides have all been won by the home side on the day.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan, Jason Harries, Rey Lee-Lo, Garyn Smith, Aled Summerhill, Jarrod Evans, Lloyd Williams, Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher, Scott Andrews, Josh Turnbull, Rory Thornton, Shane Lewis-Hughes, Olly Robinson, Will Boyde

Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Brad Thyer, Keiron Assiratti, Seb Davies, Nick Williams, Lewis Jones, Jason Tovey, Willis Halaholo

Munster: Shane Daly, Calvin Nash, Sammy Arnold, Dan Goggin, Alex Wootton, JJ Hanrahan, Alby Mathewson; Jeremy Loughman, Kevin O’Byrne, Keynan Knox, Fineen Wycherley, Darren O’Shea, Jack O’Donoghue, Chris Cloete, Arno Botha

Replacements: Diarmuid Barron, Liam O’Connor, Stephen Archer, Jed Holloway, Conor Oliver, Nick McCarthy, Tyler Bleyendaal, Rory Scannell


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: Munster show class in battling win over Blues

Avatar Peter White 2 Nov 2019

Munster boosted their Conference B credentials by battling past a determined Cardiff Blues side to claim their fourth win in five and go top.

Chris Cloete and Corey Domachowski exchanged tries in a closely-fought first-half, but two scores from Alby Mathewson and one from Calvin Nash in the second put the game beyond doubt, before Nick Williams grabbed a late consolation for the Welshmen.

Victory stretches the Irish side’s record to six wins in seven against Welsh regions, while the Blues fall to their fourth consecutive defeat for the first time in the same season since 2015-16.

Key moments

Munster had not been victorious at Arms Park since March 2017, and the hosts demonstrated their intention to extend that record in the early stages as Jarrod Evans kicked the first points of the game in the eighth minute.

But – battling against the elements – Munster gradually worked their way into the game and JJ Hanrahan got them back on terms after a darting run from Nash had drawn a penalty deep into home territory.

Evans took his opportunity to restore Cardiff’s lead almost immediately however, and Matthew Morgan then produced a try-saving tackle at the other end after Arno Botha had squeezed through a gap in the home defence.

Johann van Graan had made 11 changes for this fixture and despite his much-changed side failing to find their feet in the initial stages, Cloete bundled over to give his side the lead in the 24th minute after good work from Dan Goggin.

Hanrahan stretched Munster’s advantage to seven points with another penalty eight minutes before the break, but a huge kick from Morgan two minutes before half-time set up a period of sustained Blues pressure and a converted Domachowski score meant the score was 13-13 at the interval.

The Blues started the second half positively and after Fineen Wycherley was penalised for being offside, Evans made sure their pressure was rewarded by restoring their lead with three points.

But just as they had responded to going behind at the start of the first half, Munster hit back, this time through Mathewson after good work from Hanrahan and Sam Arnold.

They were further in front 10 minutes later when clever play from Rory Scannell opened up an opportunity, and Nash evaded a number of Cardiff challenges to go over and make the lead more comfortable.

Mathewson claimed his second try 13 minutes from time to all but seal the win, playing a smart one-two with Goggin before bundling over after Hanrahan had worked himself into some space.

With the clock ticking down, Hanrahan added another penalty, and despite Williams snatching a try in the dying stages, Munster had enough on the board to hold on to the win.

Man of the match

Kevin O’Byrne and Chris Cloete were very active and played a big part in a dominant Munster showing up front, with the latter notching a try.

But JJ Hanrahan managed the game expertly in tricky conditions, dictating play perfectly to put Munster in the right places and breaking through lines on several occasions to set up a number of dangerous attacks.

Play of the day

The wet and windy playing conditions made vintage rugby a scarcity, but Munster’s fourth try was very easy on the eye.

A clever line break from JJ Hanrahan caught the Blues defence napping, and he slipped in Alby Mathewson who drew in Matthew Morgan before finding Dan Goggin, with the scrum-half eventually being released again to go over and put the result beyond doubt.


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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