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- Guinness PRO12
- 11th Apr 2014
- KO 19:45
- Ground: Meggetland
- Att: 3,700
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview
- Ulster cruise past Connacht
- Leinster stunned at Ospreys
- Blues breeze to Edinburgh win
- Priestland stars for Scarlets
- Dragons trounced by Treviso
Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has opted against changing a winning formula for Friday’s visit of Cardiff Blues.
Edinburgh beat the Newport Gwent Dragons last time out so Solomons has named the same match-day squad to tackle the Blues.
"Cardiff are a good side, who fully deserved their win against Ulster, so we know we are going to have a tough game on Friday night," said Solomons.
"They have some very good players in key positions who will present a big physical challenge, and their kicker has amongst the highest percentages in the PRO12, so our discipline has got to be good."
Gethin Jenkins will bring up another milestone when he captains the Blues, with the British and Irish Lions international making his 100th RaboDirect PRO12 appearance.
Like Edinburgh, Cardiff retain the same starting XV, however the coaching team of Paul John and Dale McIntosh do make a change on the bench.
Wales lock Bradley Davies makes his long-awaited comeback after five months out injured, while Dafydd Hewitt joins him among the replacements.
"Edinburgh had a good win at Dragons last time out, have international players back and play a good brand of rugby," said John.
"It's a difficult game for us in new surroundings, but all we can do is concentrate on ourselves.
"We will look at the threat they pose, but first and foremost we have to make sure we maintain our performance and produce again.”
Edinburgh:15 Cuthbert, 14 Hidalgo-Clyne, 13 Scott, 12 Strauss, 11 Brown, 10 Leonard, 9 Hart, 1 Dickinson, 2 Ford, 3 Nel, 4 Gilchrist, 5 van der Westhuizen, 6 Coman (c) , 7 Du Preez, 8 Denton.
Replacements: 16 Hilterbrand, 17 Blaauw, 18 Berghan, 19 Atkins, 20 Grant, 21 Kennedy, 22 Bezuidenhout, 23 Beard
Cardiff Blues: 15 Fish, 14 Cuthbert, 13 Allen, 12 Tuifua, 11 Czekaj, 10 G Davies, 9 Jones, 8 Copeland 7 Navidi, 6 Cook, 5 Paulo, 4 Reed, 3 Filise, 2 Dacey, 1 G Jenkins (c).
Replacements: 16 Rees, 17 T Davies, 18 Andrews, 19 B Davies, 20 E Jenkins, 21 L Williams, 22 Humberstone, 23 Hewitt
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Sunday 28th September|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 33 - 15 Benetton Treviso|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Munster 14 - 19 Ospreys|
|Zebre 13 - 6 Ulster|
|Friday 26th September|
|Leinster 37 - 23 Cardiff Blues|
|Glasgow 39 - 21 Connacht|
|Edinburgh 20 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Ospreys 62 - 13 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton Treviso|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 Glasgow|
|Friday 19th September|
|Connacht 10 - 9 Leinster|
|Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 Ulster|
|Munster 31 - 5 Zebre|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 Glasgow|
|Saturday 13th September|
|Leinster 42 - 12 Scarlets|
|Friday 12th September|
|Ulster 33 - 13 Zebre|
|Edinburgh 13 - 14 Connacht|
|Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys|
|Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 Munster|
|Sunday 7th September|
|Zebre 26 - 41 Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 6th September|
|Glasgow 22 - 20 Leinster|
|Connacht 16 - 11 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 32 - 32 Ulster|
|Friday 5th September|
|Munster 13 - 14 Edinburgh|
|Ospreys 44 - 13 Benetton Treviso|
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