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19:35 (GMT) | 16-03-2018
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Gareth Anscombe
  • 14 Alex Cuthbert
  • 13 Reynold Lee-Lo
  • 12 Willis Halaholo
  • 11 Blaine Scully
  • 10 Jarrod Evans
  • 9 Tomas Williams
  • 8 Nick Williams
  • 7 Ellis Jenkins
  • 6 Josh Navidi
  • 5 Josh Turnbull
  • 4 Seb Davies
  • 3 Scott Andrews
  • 2 Kirby Myhill
  • 1 Rhys Gill
RESERVES
  • 23 Matthew Morgan
  • 22 Garyn Smith
  • 21 Lloyd Williams
  • 20 Olly Robinson
  • 19 Damian Welch
  • 18 Anton Peikrishvili
  • 17 Brad Thyer
  • 16 Ethan Lewis
START LINE UP
  • 15 Jayden Hayward
  • 14 Luca Sperandio
  • 13 Tommaso Benvenuti
  • 12 Alberto Sgarbi
  • 11 Monty Loane
  • 10 Marty Banks
  • 9 Tito Tebaldi
  • 8 Marco Barbini
  • 7 Abraham Steyn
  • 6 Whetu Douglas
  • 5 Dean Budd
  • 4 Irne Herbst
  • 3 Tiziano Pasquali
  • 2 Lucas Bigi
  • 1 Nicola Quaglio
RESERVES
  • 23 Ian McKinley
  • 22 Eduardo Gori
  • 21 Sebastian Negri
  • 20 Marco Fuser
  • 19 Federico Ruzza
  • 18 Cherif Traore
  • 17 Federico Zani
  • 16 Epalahame Faiva
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PREVIEW: Pro14, Round 17 - Catch-up matches

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:31

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Edinburgh welcome back two Six Nations stars for Friday's pivotal Pro14 encounter with Munster at Murrayfield.

Scotland internationalists Ben Toolis - who starts in the second-row - and Simon Berghan – who is named amongst the replacements – both return to club action as Edinburgh look to continue their run of good form which has seen the club win five of its last six league fixtures to climb into the Pro14 play-off positions. 

Dougie Fife is named at fullback after making his 100th appearance for the club in last month's victory over Dragons. The Scotland Sevens star is joined in the back-three by wings Duhan van der Merwe and Jason Harries.

In the midfield, Chris Dean is partnered by Mark Bennett, who returns to the fray after missing the bonus-point victory against Dragons three-weeks ago. An unchanged halfback partnership sees Jaco van der Walt once again link-up with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.

In the front row, experienced hooker Neil Cochrane is joined by Murray McCallum and Samoan international Jordan Lay.

Club Captain Fraser McKenzie keeps his place in the second-row, whilst Toolis returns to the starting XV after missing the last four fixtures due to international duties.

Meanwhile, there are six changes to the starting XV that defeated Glasgow at Irish Independent Park three weeks ago.

Billy Holland captains the side on his 150th Pro14 appearance as JJ Hanrahan, Rory Scannell, Darren Sweetnam, Mike Sherry, Jack O’Donoghue and Conor Oliver are all drafted into the side.

Tommy O'Donnell is named among the replacements and is set to feature for the first time since sustaining a shoulder injury on New Year's Day.

Simon Zebo starts at fullback with Sweetnam on the right wing and Alex Wootton on the left flank.

Rory Scannell partners Sammy Arnold in the centres with Hanrahan at out-half alongside scrumhalf James Hart.

James Cronin, a try-scorer against Glasgow three weeks ago, keeps his place at loosehead as hooker Sherry makes his first start of the season. Tighthead prop Archer completes the front row.

The second row of Jean Kleyn and Holland remains in situ with two changes to the back row as O’Donoghue and Oliver come in to partner Robin Copeland.

Kevin O'Byrne, Dave Kilcoyne and Brian Scott make up the front row replacements as Darren O'Shea and O'Donnell complete the forward cover.

Academy scrumhalf Jack Stafford, who is set to make his second senior appearance, Bill Johnston and Dan Goggin are the backline substitutes.

Meanwhile, Matthew Morgan and Willis Halaholo return from injury for Cardiff Blues' rescheduled Pro14 clash against Benetton.

The duo, who have been out of action since January, are the only changes made to the backline that claimed a narrow victory over Zebre in Parma at fortnight ago.

Morgan replaces the injured Rhun Williams at fullback, while Halaholo comes into the line-up fo Rey Lee-Lo, who features on the bench.

Meanwhile, a further four changes are made in the pack, including captain Gethin Jenkins, who teams up with Taufa’ao Filise and Kirby Myhill in the front row.

Nick Williams and Macauley Cook are also recalled into the starting XV, with Josh Turnbull and Olly Robinson switching to lock and openside respectively, having impressed at Parma.

Friday, March 16:

Edinburgh v Munster
(Murrayfield, Edinburgh - Kick-off: 19.35; 19.35 GMT)

Teams:

Edinburgh: 15 Dougie Fife, 14 Jason Harries, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Chris Dean, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Bill Mata, 7 John Hardie, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Fraser McKenzie (captain), 3 Murray McCallum, 2 Neil Cochrane, 1 Jordan Lay.
Replacements: 16 Cameron Fenton, 17 Rory Sutherland, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 Cornell du Preez, 21 Nathan Fowles, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Junior Rasolea

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Darren Sweetnam, 13 Sammy Arnold, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Alex Wootton, 10 JJ Hanrahan, 9 James Hart, 8 Robin Copeland, 7 Conor Oliver, 6 Jack O’Donoghue, 5 Billy Holland (captain), 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Mike Sherry, 1 James Cronin.
Replacements: 16 Kevin O’Byrne, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Brian Scott, 19 Darren O’Shea, 20 Tommy O’Donnell, 21 Jack Stafford, 22 Bill Johnston, 23 Dan Goggin.

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Elgan Williams (Wales), Mike Adamson (Scotland)
TMO: Jon Mason (Wales)

Cardiff Blues v Benetton
(Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff - Kick-off: 19.35; 19.35 GMT; 20.35 Italy time)

Teams:

Cardiff Blues: 15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Aled Summerhill, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Owen Lane, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Olly Robinson, 6 Macauley Cook, 5 Josh Turnbull, 4 George Earle, 3 Taufa'ao Filise, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Gethin Jenkins (captain) 
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Seb Davies, 20 Ellis Jenkins, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Steven Shingler, 23 Rey Lee-Lo

Benetton: 15 Luca Sperandio, 14 Michael Tagicakibau, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Marco Barbini (captain), 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Irné Herbst, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Matteo Zanusso, 2 Hame Faiva, 1 Federico Zani 
Replacements: 16 Tomas Baravalle, 17 Riccardo Brugnara, 18 Cherif Traore, 19 Marco Lazzaroni, 20 Engjel Makelara, 21 Ian McKinley, 22 Alberto Sgarbi, 23 Andrea Bronzini

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Frank Murphy (Ireland), Gareth Newman (Wales)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)

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Blues' win narrows Cheetahs' lead

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:10

PRO14 CATCH-UP MATCH REPORT: Cardiff Blues registered a 31-25 win over  Benetton Rugby for their fourth straight victory in the PRO14 in the rearranged fixture under the lights in Cardiff.

Four tries for the hosts saw them claim a valuable bonus-point as they cut the ten-point gap to Cheetahs, who sit third in Conference A.

However, despite slipping to back-to-back defeats, Benetton showed a huge amount of fight and picked up a losing bonus-point with Ian McKinley’s late try reduced the final score to 31-25.

Benetton started the brighter of the two sides and an early scrum penalty gave fly-half Marty Banks the opportunity to open the scoring in the fourth minute of the game, which had previously fallen victim to ‘The Beast from the East’.

Gethin Jenkins then came agonisingly close for the Blues after charging down an attempted clearance from Banks – in almost a repeat of his famous try for Wales in the 2005 Grand Slam victory against Ireland.

This time his pursuit of the ball ended in disappointment as the ball went dead before Banks added to Benetton’s lead with another penalty down the other end.

A scrappy encounter eventually came to life on the half-hour mark when Matthew Morgan, on his return after two months out with a hip injury, cut through the visitor’s defence and set Owen Lane away for the first try. Jarrod Evans added the extras.

With their tails now up, Blues soon doubled their advantage following an incisive move which saw Evans break through and find Lloyd Williams, who in turn set up Olly Robinson for the try.

Benetton hit back immediately, though, with scrum-half Giorgio Bronzini charging down Evans’ attempted kick and touching down for a try converted by Banks.

A long-range penalty then allowed Evans to redeem himself for the mistake that led to the try as the Blues took a 17-13 lead into the half-time break.

Cardiff made two changes at the start of the second half, with Welsh internationals Ellis Jenkins and Kristian Dacey coming on for Macauley Cook and Kirby Myhill, respectively.

And Jenkins made an instant impression after anticipating Tomos Williams’ clever chip through before collecting and dotting down under the posts for Blues’ third try.

Evans converted again to extend the hosts’ lead to 24-13, but Benetton bounced back quickly once again as winger Monty Ioane crossed the whitewash and Burns added the extras.

Despite Benetton’s resilience keeping them in the game, Cardiff’s attack continued to find holes in the visitors’ defence and they had a bonus-point try in the 54th minute.

No.8 Nick Williams did the damage, powering over the try line from close range, after namesake Tomos came up short with a quick tap penalty. Evans made no mistake from the tee to restore Cardiff’s 11-point advantage.

It would turn out to be Tomos Williams’ last action in the game as a bang to the head forced him off for a HIA, with the multi-talented flanker Jenkins taking over as makeshift scrum-half.

The Blues were on the backfoot for the last ten minutes as Benetton strived for a losing bonus point and a try came in the final minute as McKinley crashed over from a lineout drive.

The scorers:

For Cardiff Blues:
Tries
: Lane, Robinson, Jenkins, Williams
Cons: Evans 4
Pen: Evans

For Benetton:
Tries
: Bronzini, Ioane, Baravalle
Cons: Banks, McKinley
Pens: Banks 2

Teams:

Cardiff Blues: 15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Aled Summerhill, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Owen Lane, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Olly Robinson, 6 Macauley Cook, 5 Josh Turnbull, 4 George Earle, 3 Taufa'ao Filise, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Gethin Jenkins (captain)
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Seb Davies, 20 Ellis Jenkins, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Steven Shingler, 23 Rey Lee-Lo

Benetton: 15 Luca Sperandio, 14 Michael Tagicakibau, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Monty Ioane, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Giorgio Bronzini, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Marco Barbini (captain), 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Irné Herbst, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Matteo Zanusso, 2 Hame Faiva, 1 Federico Zani
Replacements: 16 Tomas Baravalle, 17 Riccardo Brugnara, 18 Cherif Traore, 19 Marco Lazzaroni, 20 Engjel Makelara, 21 Ian McKinley, 22 Alberto Sgarbi, 23 Andrea Bronzini

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Frank Murphy (Ireland), Gareth Newman (Wales)
TMO: Olly Hodges (Ireland)