14 Johnne Murphy
10 I Keats
6 DOC 2.0
Munster were the only side to grab a try bonus point in the Pro12 last weekend, losing just once in their last eight fixtures in all competitions.
Munster have won their last three matches against the Blues, whilst the Welshmen have not won on Munster soil since a 19-17 victory at Musgrave Park on 5 October 2007.
Cardiff Blues' single reversal in their last six matches was 40-3 at Gloucester in the LV= Cup on 28 January.
The Blues' only wins in Ireland in the past two seasons have both been at Connacht.
Referee: Leighton Hodges (WRU, 13th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Michael Black, Eanna O'Dowd (both IRFU)
Citing Commissioner: Eugene Ryan (IRFU)
TMO: Dermot Maloney (IRFU)
thats a desperate record for Cardiff.
So it looks like Nagle could see gametime at the weekend. That alone will be worth watching.
When their numbers dwindled from 50 to 8, the other dwarves began to suspect Hungry
Céard a ceapfá, Jerry?
Paul O'Connell can get toothpaste out of an onion. Fact.
Maybe not match fit? hardly fair to any of the other squad members to chuck them in ahead of them, especially when he was only brought in as cover.
The problem with this world is there are too many snakes... and not enough Ladders!
Or else he's the 9th injured player who isn't named in the squad announcement!!! Although it wouldn't be like Munster's luck to have an injury occur to a recent overseas addition, would it?
I'm preferring the sound of deadlybuzz's reasoning!!
Troy Smith is the missing 9th injured man.
The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves
Cardiff Blues have recorded victories over two Irish opponents in a fortnight with wins over Connacht and Ulster in Cardiff and now travel to Ireland to face a Munster side that have lost just one of their last eight fixtures in all competitions.The Blues team shows three changes to the side that beat Ulster. In the backs Richie Rees starts in place of Lloyd Williams at scrum half and Chris Czekaj starts at fullback in place of Ben Blair, who moves to the bench. There is only one change in the forwards with Xavier Rush pulling out through illness and is replaced at number 8 by Maama Molitika.
Speaking ahead of the match Justin Burnell said:
"Munster have a fantastic development programme and always seem to find those one or two players that when their internationals are away can step up for them."
"It's going to be quite interesting who their latest find is."
"They will be good at Thomond Park as always but it's a fantastic opportunity for our players to show their worth."
"There's always a great atmosphere and we relish going there to play in front of their very vocal support."
"The Blues and Munster both have a game in hand and if we can take their scalp it would put us above them and we would be back in the top four."
Munster v Cardiff Blues
At Thomond Park, 7.05pm
Cardiff Blues 15 Chris Czekaj 14 Richard Mustoe 13 Gavin Evans 12 Gavin Henson 11 Tom James 10 Dan Parks 9 Richie Rees
8 Maama Molitika 7 Martyn Williams 6 Michael Paterson 5 Paul Tito (c) 4 Cory Hill 3 Scott Andrews 2 Ryan Tyrell 1 John Yapp
16 T Rhys Thomas 17 Nathan Trevett 18 Sam Hobbs 19 Macauley Cook 20 Thomas Young 21 Lewis Jones 22 Ceri Sweeney 23 Ben Blair
Not available due to injury:
Xavier Rush - illness
Casey Laulala - hamstring
Fau Filise - shoulder
Dafydd Hewitt - hamstring
James Down - ankle
Andries Pretorius - knee
Deiniol Jones - shoulder
Not available due to International Call Ups:
Last edited by bluesboy; 23rd-February-2012 at 11:25. Reason: Extra Information
Strongish looking backline in fairness if they can get enough clean possession. Molitika and Williams won't let anybody down either (despite their advancing years). I'm not sure about the Cardiff front 5 myself and if we can better them here I'd fancy us to take it. Given that they are without 14 players through injury or international call ups it is still a pretty impressive show of strength in depth from them
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Five Changes For Munster
23 February 2012, 10:24 am
Munster coach Tony McGahan makes five changes, from the side that started against Treviso, for tomorrow's RaboDirect PRO12 clash with Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park Stadium (7.05).
Four of those - Ronan O’Gara, Donnacha Ryan and Peter O’Mahony - are a direct result of the international the following day, all featuring in the match day squad for the game against Italy. Denis Hurley is called up as cover (24th man) while Marcus Horan gets the nod over Wian du Preez at loose-head prop. The absence of Hurley affords McGahan the opportunity to re-install Felix Jones at full-back, Jones looked sharp when he came on as a 60th minute replacement in Treviso and Tommy O’Donnell who returned from injury in the 68th minute of that game, takes over on the openside from O’Mahony.
Ian Keatley who missed out on the trip to Italy after twisting an ankle, wears the number 10 shirt and Billy Holland operates alongside skipper Mick O’Driscoll in the second row
Munster: F Jones; J Murphy, D Barnes, L Mafi, S Zebo; I Keatley, T O’Leary; M Horan, D Varley, BJ Botha; B Holland, M O’Driscoll capt; Dave O’Callaghan, T O’Donnell, J Coughlan. Replacements: D Fogarty, W du Preez, S Archer, D Foley, P Butler, D Williams, S Deasy, L O’Dea.
Referee: Leighton Hodges (WRU).
Assistant Referees: Michael Black, Eanna O’Dowd (both IRFU)
what would you class as the first choice Cardoff second row combo Bluesboy? Anyone there to potentially replace Jenkins next year when he goes to Toulon?
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Halfpenny, Cuthbert, Laulala, Roberts/Hewitt, Tom James, Parks, Williams/Rees, Jenkins, Thomas, Filise, Davies, Tito, Pretorius, Warburton, Rush
I'd have Pence at FB since I think he does all that Blair does and he's more physical. Also Tom James is the better option at 11 IMO.
Hewitt at 100% is much better than the quality we've been getting from Roberts recently.
Tom James despite his flaws is the best pick for the left wing.
The Rees/ Williams is a coin flip. Rees is better when times are good and we are on the front foot. But Williams is more of an all round player and has more potential IMO.
1-8 the same
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