Cardiff Blues 38 - 13 Edinburgh
Sun 22 April 14:05 Cardiff City Stadium Att: 3,580 Ref: Dudley Phillips Pro12

Blues make six changes to face Edinburgh

Fri 20 Apr 2012 13:44 Blues make six changes to face Edinburgh
It will no doubt be an emotional occasion being the final home match for Ben Blair, Casey Laulala, Martyn Williams, Maama Molitika, Gethin Jenkins, John Yapp, Richie Rees and Dan Parks, who are all in the 23 to face Edinburgh on Sunday.

It's the last chance for supporters to see these great servants in action at home for the Blues and a last chance for the players to thank the supporters for their loyalty. Tickets for the match cost just £22 for adults and under 16s go free if they attend with an adult. Tickets can be purchased online at

The Blues have made six changes to the team that lost to the Ospreys as they aim to finish the home season on a high.

In the backs the Blues welcome back Ben Blair who replaces Leigh Halfpenny who is out with a shoulder injury while at Centre, Casey Laulala replaces Gavin Evans who moves to the bench. There is one other change with Tom James replacing Harry Robinson.

In the back-row Maama Molitika replaces Michael Paterson who is out with a shoulder injury. There are two changes in the front row with Scott Andrews returning from a knee injury and Gethin Jenkins from a shoulder injury. The pair replace John Yapp and Sam Hobbs, who both move to the bench.

Speaking ahead of the match Cardiff Blues Forwards Coach, Justin Burnell, said:

“The last home game of the season can sometimes be a bittersweet occasion and I feel this will certainly be the case on Sunday.”

“We will be saying goodbye to a number of fantastic players who have served Cardiff Blues with distinction and I would like to thank them all for the commitment they have shown to the team.”

“Despite a number of players moving on, they will remain professional in their approach and like any other game, they will be determined to go out and give a good performance.”

“They are well aware this is their last game at home in a Blues shirt so their total focus is to do the fans proud and get the win for them.”

15 Ben Blair 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Casey Laulala 12 Dafydd Hewitt 11 Tom James 10 Ceri Sweeney 9 Lloyd Williams

8 Luke Hamilton 7 Martyn Williams 6 Maama Molitika 5 James Down 4 Bradley Davies 3 Scott Andrews 2 Marc Breeze 1 Gethin Jenkins

16 Kristian Dacey 17 John Yapp 18 Sam Hobbs 19 Macauley Cook 20 Josh Navidi 21 Richie Rees 22 Dan Parks 23 Gavin Evans

Not available for selection

Leigh Halfpenny – shoulder
Michael Paterson - shoulder
Xavier Rush - neck
Ryan Tyrrel - neck
Jamie Roberts - knee
Sam Warburton - shoulder
T Rhys Thomas - neck
Paul Tito - head
Richard Mustoe - hip
Fau Filise – shoulder