Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues - RaboDirect PRO12 match preview
Last Updated: 02/05/14 10:41am
Alan Solomons: Has named the same match-day squad
Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has opted against changing a winning formula for Friday’s visit of Cardiff Blues.
Edinburgh beat the Newport Gwent Dragons last time out so Solomons has named the same match-day squad to tackle the Blues.
"Cardiff are a good side, who fully deserved their win against Ulster, so we know we are going to have a tough game on Friday night," said Solomons.
"They have some very good players in key positions who will present a big physical challenge, and their kicker has amongst the highest percentages in the PRO12, so our discipline has got to be good."
Gethin Jenkins will bring up another milestone when he captains the Blues, with the British and Irish Lions international making his 100th RaboDirect PRO12 appearance.
Like Edinburgh, Cardiff retain the same starting XV, however the coaching team of Paul John and Dale McIntosh do make a change on the bench.
Wales lock Bradley Davies makes his long-awaited comeback after five months out injured, while Dafydd Hewitt joins him among the replacements.
"Edinburgh had a good win at Dragons last time out, have international players back and play a good brand of rugby," said John.
"It's a difficult game for us in new surroundings, but all we can do is concentrate on ourselves.
"We will look at the threat they pose, but first and foremost we have to make sure we maintain our performance and produce again.”
Edinburgh:15 Cuthbert, 14 Hidalgo-Clyne, 13 Scott, 12 Strauss, 11 Brown, 10 Leonard, 9 Hart, 1 Dickinson, 2 Ford, 3 Nel, 4 Gilchrist, 5 van der Westhuizen, 6 Coman (c) , 7 Du Preez, 8 Denton.
Replacements: 16 Hilterbrand, 17 Blaauw, 18 Berghan, 19 Atkins, 20 Grant, 21 Kennedy, 22 Bezuidenhout, 23 Beard
Cardiff Blues: 15 Fish, 14 Cuthbert, 13 Allen, 12 Tuifua, 11 Czekaj, 10 G Davies, 9 Jones, 8 Copeland 7 Navidi, 6 Cook, 5 Paulo, 4 Reed, 3 Filise, 2 Dacey, 1 G Jenkins (c).
Replacements: 16 Rees, 17 T Davies, 18 Andrews, 19 B Davies, 20 E Jenkins, 21 L Williams, 22 Humberstone, 23 Hewitt
Fri 24th Apr
Edinburgh37 - 0Zebre
Ulster26 - 10Leinster
Sat 25th Apr
Connacht13 - 31Glasgow Warriors
Cardiff Blues23 - 31Ospreys
Munster30 - 19Treviso
Dragons10 - 29Scarlets
Fri 8th May
Dragons0 - 0Edinburgh
Leinster0 - 0Treviso
Ospreys0 - 0Glasgow Warriors
Sat 9th May
Ulster0 - 0Munster
Zebre0 - 0Connacht
Sun 10th May
Scarlets0 - 0Cardiff Blues
Sat 16th May
Cardiff Blues0 - 0Zebre
Connacht0 - 0Ospreys
Edinburgh0 - 0Leinster
Glasgow Warriors0 - 0Ulster
Munster0 - 0Dragons
Treviso0 - 0Scarlets
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The Dragons' hopes of playing in the European Rugby Champions Cup took a hit as they lost 45-27 to Treviso.
Rhys Priestland kicked 17 points as Scarlets recovered from a dreadful first half to see off bottom club Zebre 27-20.
Cory Allen was the star of the show as Cardiff registered a bonus-point 29-22 victory over Edinburgh on Friday night.