Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets by Sebmc
M. Collins; S. Evans, G. Owen, H. Parkes, DTH van der Merwe; A. Thomas, G. Davies; R. Evans, K. Owens (capt), S. Lee, T. Price, L. Rawlins, A. Shingler, M. Allen, J. Condy. Reps : K. Myhill, P. John, R. Jones, M. Paulino, E. Phillips, A. Davies, S. Shingler, R. King.
Cardiff ranks ninth of RaboDirect Pro 12 with 24 points. The Blues have had a difficult beginning of season with just one win in the first eight games. Since they remain on 2 consecutive successes. Last week, they won by one point to Newport (20-21). Yet they were led by 7 points 10 minutes from time but they scored a try and James Patchell convetet a penalty at the last second. With 243 points scored, the Blues have the best attack of Pro 12 but with 241 points against, they also have the third worst defense. In Rugby Challenge Cup, Cardiff also makes a great run as they are still in the race to qualify for the quarter-finals as the best second. This season, with Patchell, the Welsh have found a true playmaker. He revolutionized the game of his team this season and it is, in addition, a very reliable kicker. He also will join the Llanelli Scarlets last season. Today, Sam Warburton, Gareth Anscombe and Ellis Jenkins are injured.
D. Fish; A. Cuthbert, C. Allen, R. Lee-Lo, T. James; R. Patchell, L. Williams; G. Jenkins (capt), K. Dacey, T. Filise, J. Hoeata, J. Down, J. Turnbull, M. Vosawai, J. Navidi. Reps : E. Lewis, S. Hobbs, D. Lewis, L. Reed, M. Cook, T. Knoyle, J. Evans, G. Smith.
The Scarlets have many significant absentees for the match. Their back row seems very light. Rain is expected this afternoon, so, the backs of the Scarlets should receive less ball and the game should be more restrictive. This should benefit Cardiff that is very strong in drives. Last year, they won against the Scarlets 21-9 and scored two tries on drives. I expect a victory in Cardiff by at least 5 points.
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