Cardiff Blues 26 - 14 Sale Sharks
Sat 19 January 15:40 Cardiff Arms Park Att: 7,473 Ref: Peter Fitzgibbon Heineken Cup

Cardiff Blues team and Arms Park weather condition update

Fri 18 Jan 2013 11:49 Cardiff Blues team and Arms Park weather condition update
Cardiff Blues have made two changes to the side that picked up a four try bonus point against Toulon last Saturday. There is one change in the backs with Lloyd Williams returning from suspension to start at scrum half, Lewis Jones moves to the bench.
In the forwards Scott Andrews starts in place of Benoit Bourrust who moves to the bench.

Cardiff Arms Park ground staff have been working hard all morning to prepare the pitch with the RAF on standby Saturday morning to help clear the pitch of any overnight snow.

Supporters are advised to look at the Cardiff Blues website, Facebook and Twitter sites for further updates in the morning.

Speaking ahead of the game Phil Davies said,

“Our Heineken Cup campaign started in Sale and it was a ridiculous game to lose.  We played well for sixty minutes, with a great team performance but didn’t get the result we wanted.

“Our position in the group obviously isn’t where we want to be. We want to be making the quarter-finals and in a couple of years time challenging in the competition. At the moment, the reality is that we are a young side and we are gaining valuable experience in all competitions.

“Saturday’s match is a match we want to win for our supporters. Every time we put the shirt on, especially at the Arms Park, it’s our responsibility. We want to try and create our own legacy now, making sure we build on all the great work some of the players and coaches have done here in the past. There is always something to every game we play and the players share that sentiment.”

Adult supporters can purchase terrace tickets for the match for just £10 and juniors just £5. To purchase ticket please visit or call 029 2030 2030

15 Leigh Halfpenny 14 Alex Cuthbert 13 Owen Williams 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Harry Robinson 10 Rhys Patchell 9 Lloyd Williams

8 Andries Pretorius (C) 7 Sam Warburton 6 Josh Navidi 5 James Down 4 Lou Reed 3 Scott Andrews 2 Rhys Williams 1 Sam Hobbs

16 Kristian Dacey 17 Nathan Trevett 18 Benoit Bourrust 19 Robin Copeland 20 Michael Paterson 21 Lewis Jones 22 Jason Tovey 23 Dafydd Hewitt

Not available for selection:

Fau Filise- Hamstring injury return late January

Andi Kyriacou- Neck operation return in April

Dan Fish- Suffered shoulder nerve palsy in match against Zebre. Return late January

Tom James- Fractured sesamoid (big toe). Surgery to remove pin on Wednesday 5thDecember, return late January


Jake Copper- Woolley- right knee ACL injury 4 months

Tom Davies- ACL knee reconstruction this week, 4 months