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Friday 25th November 19:35 GMT


Reigning RaboDirect PRO12 Champions Connacht, have managed just two wins in seven outings in this season's tournament, and find themselves trailing in tenth position in the table, with just the Italians of Zebre and Benetton Treviso below them. On Friday Evening the Champions will look for a first win in three attempts in the PRO12 when they entertain the Cardiff Blues at the Galway Sportsground in Galway. After starting the campaign with heavy back to back defeats against the Glasgow Warriors and the Ospreys, Connacht came back to beat Ulster and Edinburgh in Galway in Rounds 5 and 6. Since those victories however, they have suffered successive losses on the road in the PRO12 against Leinster and the Newport Gwent Dragons.

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The Cardiff Blues began the season in outstanding form, winning their first four fixtures, including victories away to Munster and Zebre. However, their challenge at the top of the table then hit the buffers, and they were beaten in their next three fixtures in the tournament. A win in Italy in Round 8 against Treviso brought that losing run to an end, and leaves the Blues in seventh position in the table, with 22 points, just four behind the Glasgow Warriors who sit in the fourth and final play-off spot.

Posted: 3rd October 2015


Connacht will be pleased with their performance over the first two rounds of this seasons RaboDirect PRO12 tournament, but will hope to register another win on Saturday, to go with that they achieved in Round 1 against the Newport Gwent Dragons, when they welcome the Cardiff Blues to the Galway Sportsground in Galway. Although beaten by the reigning Champions, the Glasgow Warriors, in Round 2, Connacht still managed to pick up two bonus points in the process, which was only the third time the team had accomplished this feat. The Ospreys are the only Welsh visitors to overturn the men from the West of Ireland in the last five fixtures played at Saturday’s venue by Welsh Regions.

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The Cardiff Blues may have started the season with a bang, in scoring 11 tries against the Italians of Zebre, but a defeat in Dublin against Leinster, extended their losing sequence on the road to seven games. The last time they tasted success away from the Arms Park, was back in February, when they won an Anglo-Welsh Cup match at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry against Wasps. An astonishing game, that ended up 45-42 in favour of the Welshmen. Recent history would dictate a Blues win, as they have lost just one of the last eleven meetings between the sides. But they have just one win on Irish soil since January 2013, and more depleted than Connacht by World Cup calls, it might just be a day for the Irishmen to improve on that record.

Posted: 3rd October 2014


Having lost their 100% winning start to the new Guinness PRO12 season last weekend, Connacht return to the familiar surroundings of the Sportsground in Galway on Friday evening, when they welcome the Cardiff Blues to the West of Ireland. Connacht had been the surprise package of the first three weeks of the season, with three wins from three fixtures, including beating the reigning champions Leinster. At the weekend, they lost their record to another team that had started with three wins, last season's losing Grand Finalists the Glasgow Warriors. The Scottish city hasn't been the happiest of hunting grounds for the Irish Province, having won there just once since 2003, and they slipped to a 39-21 defeat. Friday's visitors, the Blues, opened the season with a 40 point success in Italy against Zebra, but have since disappointed, with successive emphatic defeats at the Arms Park against Glasgow and Ulster, before shipping 37 points at the RDS, as they made it three successive losses in this season's PRO12.

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Despite last week's loss, Connacht are still holding a top four place, ahead of Leinster on the number of games won, while the Blues are down in tenth position, with only the two Italian sides, Treviso and Zebre below them.

Posted: 3rd May 2013


Although the introduction of a the new European Cup next season, and with it, the changed qualifying process for the RaboDirect PRO12, has meant a greater number of meaningful end of season matches than in previous seasons, the Friday night match between Connacht and the Newport Gwent Dragons, is effectively a dead rubber. When Connacht defeated the Dragons at Rodney Parade on 23rd March by 24-8, they had ambitions on finishing seventh, and qualifying for Europe. However, they have lost their last three matches, and their chances of being in the senior European competition next season have slipped past. The Cardiff Blues are still clinging to a mathematical hope of making into the European Cup, thanks to victories in their last three PRO12 matches. Though by the time they take on Connacht at The Sportsground in Galway, they will know if they are still in with a chance.

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If the Blues win in Ireland, it will be the first time that they have registered four successive wins in the competition since February 2011. Their record against Irish Provinces this season shows just two wins, as opposed to five losses, though they have lost only once to Connacht only in the last eight contests, a 26-22 reverses at the Arms Park in February 2013.

Posted: 1st September 2012

Saturday, the 1st of September, there will be a match between Connacht and Cardiff Blues in Galway as part of the RaboDirect Pro12 competition. We don't have a table yet for the RaboDirect Pro12 competition, but let's take a look at last year's table.

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The top team when it was all over was Leinster, with 18 wins out of 22 games played. They had one draw and three losses, with 81 points earned. The Ospreys      come in second right now, with 22 games played and sixteen wins. They have one draw and five losses, with 71 points. Munster comes in third and took home fourteen wins last season, with 67 points earned. As for our teams that are actually competing this week, the Connacht team ended up in the eighth spot last year with 37 points and Cardiff Blues were in seventh with 50.

Posted: 29th October 2011

On Saturday, the 29th of October, the RaboDirect Pro12 competition heats up with Connacht and the Cardiff Blues facing each other in Galway at 18:00 local time. The Blues take fourth in our competition with three wins and three losses. They have a total of 16 points earned this season so far. Connacht is in seventh right now, but their point total is 14 and that ties them with the two teams above them. They also have three wins and three losses this season. The Ospeys lead the RaboDirect Pro12 table right now followed by Munster Rugby.

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Posted: 25th November 2016

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