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Friday 16th September 18:00 GMT

 

Two of the four remaining sides with 100% winning records at the end of Round 2 in the Guinness PRO12 tournament, the Cardiff Blues and the Glasgow Warriors go head to head on Friday Evening at the Cardiff Arms Park in Cardiff. Following last weekend's 24-23 win in Cork against Munster, the Blues have extended a sequence of results that has seen them beaten just once in their last eight PRO12 fixtures. A defeat to the Ospreys on "Judgement Day" in April. If the Blues secure a third victory of the season on Friday, it will be the first time in the Region's history, that they have started a PRO12 campaign with three back to back victories.

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The only side to beat the Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park since November of 2015, was Leinster in February, who squeezed the Welshmen out by 13-14. The Warriors who were PRO12 Champions in 2013/14, have started the new season with two maximum point victories. AmazIngly, those wins have been against the two Grand Finalists from last season, Connacht and Leinster. The Warriors have a chance to make a little piece of RaboDirect PRO12 history on Friday, as no side has previously ever secured 15 points after three rounds.

Posted: 7th November 2015

 

Since opening the new RaboDirect PRO12 season with an 11-try romp against Zebre at the Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff, the Cardiff Blues have been on a slippery slope that has seen them lose five successive fixtures, and slide to tenth position in the table. They have not been favoured by the fixture list however, which has seen them play five successive away matches, including fixtures against all four Irish Provinces. On Saturday, the Blues will welcome the reigning Champions, Glasgow Warriors, to the Welsh capital, a side that they have beaten just twice in all tournaments from the last ten meetings between the teams. Both of those successes were in the European Challenge Cup in 2013/14 at the Pool stage. The Warriors struggled at the start of the season, in defence of their title, with the majority of their squad away on international duty at the World Cup. However, they now have a 50% winning record, three wins and three losses, and they are just two points outside the play-off positions.

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The Arms Park has been a happy venue in recent seasons in the PRO12 for the Warriors, with three successive wins at the stadium. However, to make that four on the trot, they will have to end a Blues run of four successive wins at the venue.

Posted: 14th September 2014

 

Cardiff Blues have been one of the great underachievers in the RaboDirect PRO12 over the years but will hope that they can carry over their form from the end of last season, to make a serious and sustained challenge in the new season. They finished the last campaign with four wins from their last five fixtures, the only loss being at fellow Welsh Region the Scarlets in Round 21. Last weekend they secured another win, in Italy against Zebre, securing a try scoring bonus point as they posted 41 points. A win against the Glasgow Warriors of Glasgow on Sunday afternoon at Cardiff Arms Park, will be the first time since February 2011 that the Blues have won three successive home games in the PRO12 competition. Glasgow lost at the RDS against Leinster in March, since when they have won nine regular season fixtures on the trot, their only blip coming at the same venue and against the same opponents in the Grand Final, when Leinster retained their title with a 34-12 victory.

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Although the Warriors have won the last six matches between the sides in the PRO12 tournament, they met twice in last season's Heineken Cup, and on each occasions the Cardiff Blues came out on top.

Posted: 15th February 2014

The clash at the Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday, between the Cardiff Blues and Glasgow Warriors, is of immense importance to the Scottish side, who currently sit in fifth position in the RaboDirect PRO12 table, just one position outside the end of season play-off positions, but with two games in hand on the sides above them.

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The Cardiff Blues on the other hand are in a sad ninth position, with just four wins to their name, from the 13 PRO12 fixtures that they have played this season. The only win that they have registered in their last six matches in the competition, came at home to their fiercest rivals, the Newport Gwent Dragons on New Year's Day, when they recorded a 21-13 success.

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The Glasgow Warriors have won their last three matches in the tournament, the last side to lower their colors being the Dragons on 22 November, when they went down to a 8-23 defeat at Scotstoun. They do have an amazing record on the road this season, however, in the PRO12, having played six and won all six of the games that they have contested on the road. The Blues, while having something of a roller coaster season, have won their last three games against Scottish opposition, which includes two successes against the Warriors, both of which came in December, in the Heineken Cup. Although those victories were not enough to secure qualification for the knockout stages of either the Heineken or Amlin Cups.


Tags: Glasgow Warriors, Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff Blues, RaboDirect PRO12
Posted: 16th September 2016


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