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Dacey returns as Cardiff Blues make three changes for Connacht

22nd September 2017

Cardiff Blues have made three changes to their starting line-up, as they target a first Guinness PRO14 win of the season against Connacht on Saturday (KO 3.15pm).

Wales’ Capital Region slipped to an agonising one-point defeat to Glasgow Warriors last week and Danny Wilson has kept faith with the majority of that side.
The three changes all come in the front-row with Brad Thyer stepping up from the bench for his first start since November, while Taufa’ao Filise and Kristian Dacey return from injury.

Welsh international Dacey, who will make his first Cardiff Blues appearance of the campaign, was voted Players’ Player of the Season and Fans’ Player of the Season during 2016/17, having crossed for six tries over the course of the season.
Meanwhile, Connacht fell to a 21-8 defeat to the Dragons last week and Wilson hopes his side can follow that up to complete a Welsh double. 

"We had a good look at Connacht over their first three games and they're their usual selves,” said Wilson.

"A gritty side at home who play a fair amount of rugby, which Pat [Lam] has left that imprint in them and they're playing from quite deep.

"I believe they left two or three players who had played the first few games out of the trip to face Dragons, but we're predicting some of those guys might come back in. 

"It was a good win for Dragons to beat Connacht at home and hopefully we can follow suit and beat them away.

"At the moment, the weather prediction is pretty savage so we've been working on a gameplay to deal as much with Connacht as with the weather. But you know that when you go out there, that's probably a given."
Lloyd Williams captains the side, and is part of an unchanged backline, while there are three further changes on the bench.
Ethan Lewis is included in the matchday squad for the first time this season season, while short-term loanee, Olly Robinson, looks set to make his Cardiff Blues debut, having signed from Bristol earlier in the week. 

Centre Rey Lee-Lo is set to make his 50th appearance for the region.
Cardiff Blues: Rhun Williams; Alex Cuthbert, Rey Lee-Lo, Willis Halaholo, Tom James; Steve Shingler, Lloyd Williams; Brad Thyer, Kristian Dacey, Taufa’ao Filise, Seb Davies, Damian Welch, Josh Turnbull, Josh Navidi, Nick Williams.

Replacements: Ethan Lewis, Corey Domachowski, Keiron Assiratti, George Earle, Olly Robinson, Tomos Williams, Jarrod Evans, Matthew Morgan