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Saturday 1st October 18:35 GMT

 

Cardiff Blues continued their 100% winning start to the RaboDirect PRO12 season last weekend, when they travelled to Parma in Italy, and defeated Zebre by 23-21. On Saturday, they will look to extend that sequence of victories to five, when they host the Irishmen of Leinster at the Cardiff Arms Park. This is the Blues best ever start to a season since they were formed in 2003, and sees them in second place in the PRO12 table with 17 points, trailing the other side with a 100% record, Ulster, on points difference only. The Welsh Region haven’t held such an elevated position in the PRO12 table since 2010/11.

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Leinster have only been beaten once so far, which was a 25-33 loss at the Scotstoun against the Glasgow Warriors in Round 2. They have collected 14 points and occupy fourth spot in the table. In their last six meetings with Welsh Regions, Leinster have been beaten just once, a 13-23 loss to the Newport Gwent Dragons at Rodney Parade on 29th January. Their record against the Blues is nothing short of astonishing, with just a solitary defeat in the last 19 clashes between the two sides in all tournaments, stretching back to 2007, which came when the Cardiff Blues were still playing at the Cardiff City Stadium, in February 2011.

Posted: 20th February 2016

 

A disappointing season for the Cardiff Blues hit another low point last weekend, when they travelled to Italy to face Benetton Treviso, a side that had previously lost every game that they have played this season. Sadly for the Blues, their own four game winning run in the Guinness PRO12 came to an end, as did Treviso's losing streak, as the Italians sneaked home by 13-7. On Saturday, Leinster will be the visitors to the Cardiff Arms Park, bringing with them the tightest defence in the league, having conceded just 13 tries in the 13 fixtures that they have played.

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The Dublin based Province sit in third position in the table, just a solitary point behind both Ulster and Connacht, but with a game in hand on both of their fellow Irish Provinces. The Blues were beaten at the Arms Park by Harlequins in the Challenge Cup back in mid-November, and have since won all five games that they have played at their home venue. However, the Blues haven't beaten Leinster at the Arms Park since May 2007, the only victory that they have managed against the Irishmen in the last 18 meetings in all competitions, being by 11-3 at the Cardiff City Football Stadium in early 2011.

Posted: 10th January 2015

Despite their inconsistent form this season, the reigning Guinness PRO12 champions, Leinster, will still be confident of picking up a vital victory at the Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday against the Blues. After suffering a first defeat in six PRO12 matches when they travelled to Thomond Park, and met their great rivals Munster on St. Stephen's Day, Leinster bounced back last week to beat the Irish rivals from the North, Ulster. A result that enabled them to climb above Ulster, and into fourth position in the table. Although Leinster have only won once away from home in the RaboDirect PRO12 this season, which came in Italy against Zebre in Round 6, they have dominated recent meetings between themselves and the Blues, and will hope to extend a run that has seen just a solitary Cardiff win in the previous 16 clashes between the sides, stretching back to 2007.

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That lone success came back in 2011, when the Cardiff Blues were playing their home fixtures at the Cardiff City Stadium, and they won a dour match by 11-3. Leinster have also had the edge in matches against Welsh opposition this season, having won all three games that they have played to date.

Posted: 20th February 2014

Despite the presence of Welsh captain, Sam Warburton and fellow international Gethin Jenkins, in the side last weekend against the Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect Pro12 contest at the Arms Park, the Cardiff Blues suffered another defeat, in a season that has had more disappointments, than reasons to celebrate.

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The defeat to the play-off chasing Scots of Glasgow, extended a run that has seen the Blues win just once in their last seven RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures, a 21-13 victory at home to their nearest and greatest rivals, the Newport Gwent Dragons on New Year's Day. An under strength Leinster, were forced to battle hard last weekend against the Newport Gwent Dragons, to secure the victory that they required to keep them firmly in the hunt for a place in the end of season play-offs. But battle they did, and partly in thanks to the award of two penalty tries, the Irish Province gained a try-scoring bonus point, giving them a full house, and consolidating their second position in the table. Thanks to the postponement of fellow Irish side, Ulster's fixture against the Scarlets, they are now nine points ahead of the fifth placed side. Though with sides below them having games in hand, their position is yet far from assured.

Posted: 8th February 2013

Friday, February 8th, another great match in the RaboDirect Pro12 competition, with the Cardiff Blues and Leinster going head to head at Cardiff Arms Park. They will play at 19:30 local time and GMT. The Cardiff Blues are currently in seventh place on the standings. They have played thirteen games so far, and they have only been able to walk away with a win out of six of them. With no draws, that leaves them with seven losses. Benetton Treviso is right on their tail, with six wins as well and they have 27 points.

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As for Leinster, they are third on the table right now, with nine wins and four losses out of thirteen played. They have 40 points, one down from the second placed Glasgow. Ulster is in first place with 52 points.


Tags: RaboDirect Pro12, Cardiff Arms Park, Leinster, Cardiff Blues, Sam Warburton, Gethin Jenkins
Posted: 1st October 2016


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