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Before they lost in Round 17 of the RaboDirect PRO12 tournament to the Newport Gwent Dragons, Ulster had gone on a mini run that has seen them win four successive games in all tournaments. Despite the disappointing defeat at Rodney Parade Stadium, the Ulstermen still sit in second place on the table, level on points with Irish rivals Munster, and four points behind table toppers the Glasgow Warriors.
With the 6-Nations tournament having concluded so spectacularly last weekend, Ulster and the Cardiff Blues who meet in Belfast on Friday Evening will have full squads to choose from, and the Irish Province will be hopefully of getting the challenge back on course against the lowly Blues. The Blues have won their previous two PRO12 matches, both at home against Edinburgh and Connacht, but they come up against an Ulster team that has won all eight PRO12 matches that they have played in Belfast this season. Their last defeat on home soil coming back in May against Leinster.
Just as Ulster's home form is excellent, so the Blues away form is woeful. The Welsh Region have won just once on their travels since the opening round of this season's tournament, and that can against their nearest rivals the Dragons on New Year's Day.
Posted: 25th October 2013
After a poor start to the season, Ulster have found their rhythm, and are on a run of five successive victories in all competitions. Ravenhill in Belfast has always been an intimidating fortress, particularly under the lights on a Friday night, and it is difficult to see the Cardiff Blues lowering their colors this week, as the two sides return to PRO12 action.
The Ulstermen's have suffered only a single defeat at Ravenhill Stadium since last February, and that was by the narrowest margin, 13-12, against Glasgow Warriors, who currently top the RaboDirect PRO12 league, in round 2 of this season's tournament. The Irish province have beaten Welsh regions in four of their last five games that they have played against them, whilst only one Welsh region has managed the feat of beating Ulster at Ravenhill in the last four seasons, the Ospreys from Swansea. Cardiff Blues have been one of the season's most inconsistent teams, but have won two of their last three fixtures in all competitions, including a stunning Heineken Cup victory, over the current holders of the title, Toulon, last weekend at the Arms Park.
However, on the road, the only thing consistent about their form has been how poor it has been. They haven't won on their travels since they defeated Edinburgh at Murrayfield 17-16 way back in February. While they can boast only one win in their last matches with Irish provinces, a 21-10 over Connacht, the weakest of the Irish sides, at The Arms Park in round 2.
Posted: 16th September 2011
The RaboDirect Pro12, which is the new name for the Magner's League, Ulster and Cardiff Blues will play in Belfast on Friday, September 16th. The match will happen at 19:05 and the RaboDirect PRO12 table right now has Ulster in third place. All of the RaboDirect PRO12 teams have played two games so far this season, as we are just beginning, and Ulster has been able to earn eight points, tying them with Munster, Ospreys and Connacht. As for the Cardiff Blues, they are sitting in the top spot as the only team that has ten points so far.
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