Preview: Cardiff Blues v Cheetahs

Cardiff Arms Park. Image by Seth Whales - Wikimedia Commons.

by Cole Martin

CARDIFF Blues will be hoping to end a streak of four consecutive defeats in the Guinness Pro14 as they host South African outfit Toyota Cheetahs. 

The Blues registered their biggest loss of the season last weekend, losing out 23-33 to the current Conference B leaders Munster at home.

John Mulhivill’s side remain limited with resources with seven Welsh internationals on a break after playing their part in Wales’ journey to the 2019 Rugby World Cup semi-finals.

Owen Lane and Hallam Amos could be available for the Challenge Cup clash against Leicester Tigers in two weeks time though, whereas Josh Adams, Dillon Lewis and Tomos Williams are expected to return at a later date.

Also ruled out of contention is number eight Josh Navidi, who will be out for up to six weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury during Wales’ quarter final clash against France.

Meanwhile scrum half Lloyd Williams, who was not selected for the campaign, is set to make his 200th appearance for the Blues, while closing in on his 10th year at his local club.

The visitors will also be hoping to bounce back after registering back-to-back defeats which included a 17-13 loss at the hands of the Scarlets last week, and a narrow 24-22 defeat to Connacht.

The two losses came after a high-scoring start to the campaign from the Free Staters, who won their opening three games, scoring 40-plus points in each of the matchups.

However Cheetahs’ new head coach Hawies Fourie is still in search of his first win after his recent appointment.

The Blues currently sit sixth in Conference B of the Pro14 standings with six points, while their opponents are third in Conference A with 17 points.

Kick-off is at 17.15 at Cardiff Arms Park. The game will be refereed by Ben Blain of the Scottish Rugby Union.