Connacht v Cardiff Blues PRO12 Preview

29 September 2015

Connacht v Cardiff Blues PRO12 Preview
Connacht have begun the Guinness PRO12 campaign with a home victory over Dragons and a two league point defeat in Glasgow in round two – only the third time they had picked up a losing bonus and try bonus point in the same game. Connacht’s only defeat to a Welsh visitor in the last five such matches in Galway was to Ospreys in May.

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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DateVenueCCBConnacht scorersCardiff Blues scorers
Sat 1 Sep 12Sportsground913Miah Nikora(3P)Lewis Jones(T) Ceri Sweeney(C/2P)
Fri 22 Feb 13BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park2622Danie Poolman(T) Willie Faloon(2T) Miah Nikora(C/3P)Harry Robinson(T) Rhys Patchell(4P) Robin Copeland(T)
Fri 13 Sep 13BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park1021Matt Healy(T) Dan Parks(C/P)Rhys Patchell(D/6P)
Sat 3 May 14Sportsground1522Matt 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 14Sportsground2424Robbie 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 15BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park1718Jake 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)