Cardiff Blues achieved an eleven try demolition of Zebre in round 1 but then slipped up to Leinster in Dublin the following week. The Blues have lost their last seven away fixtures since overcoming Wasps 45-42 at the Ricoh Arena in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in February – an encounter in which they were losing by 25 points with less than half an hour left.
Connacht have won just one of their last eleven fixtures against The Blues: 26-22 at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park in 2013, whilst Blues solitary away win at an Irish province since January 2013 came when they visited Galway at the end of the 2013/14 PRO12 season.
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|HEAD TO HEAD - RECENT GUINNESS PRO12 MEETINGS|
|Date||Venue||C||CB||Connacht scorers||Cardiff Blues scorers|
|Sat 1 Sep 12||Sportsground||9||13||Miah Nikora(3P)||Lewis Jones(T) Ceri Sweeney(C/2P)|
|Fri 22 Feb 13||BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park||26||22||Danie Poolman(T) Willie Faloon(2T) Miah Nikora(C/3P)||Harry Robinson(T) Rhys Patchell(4P) Robin Copeland(T)|
|Fri 13 Sep 13||BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park||10||21||Matt Healy(T) Dan Parks(C/P)||Rhys Patchell(D/6P)|
|Sat 3 May 14||Sportsground||15||22||Matt Healy(T) Robbie Henshaw(T) Miah Nikora(C/P)||Lewis Jones(T) Gareth Davies(2C/P) Dan Fish(T) Penalty Try(T)|
|Fri 3 Oct 14||Sportsground||24||24||Robbie Henshaw(T) Kieran Marmion(T) Craig Ronaldson(3C/P) Nathan White(T)||Rhys Patchell(3C/P) Macauley Cook(T) Sam Hobbs(T) Adam Thomas(T)|
|Fri 6 Mar 15||BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park||17||18||Jake Heenan(T) Aly Muldowney(T) Craig Ronaldson(2C/P)||Rhys Patchell(C/2P) Joaquin Tuculet(2T)|
Connacht v Cardiff Blues
At the Sportsground, 5pm.
Referee: Neil Hennessy (WRU, 22nd competition game)
Assistant Referees: Keiran Barry, Paul Haycock (both IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: Gordon Black (IRFU)