Bradley’s men at Arms.

Guinness PRO12 Editor

6 Sep 2012


Head coach Michael Bradley has made four changes to the Edinburgh Rugby line-up for tomorrow’s trip to Cardiff Arms Park where they face the Blues (kick-off 7.05pm, live on BBC WALES).

The club will be the first to return to the historic home of the Welsh capital side and, coincidentally, are the last side to win away at the famous old stadium, before Cardiff relocated in 2009 to the Cardiff City Stadium.

Despite losing in their last four trips to Cardiff, Edinburgh Rugby were the last team to win away at the old ground when the club brought the curtain down on their tenure in 2009.

An 11,000-strong Cardiff faithful were out in force that night and Bradley is expecting a rousing reception when the teams return tomorrow.

He said: “This match presents a big challenge for us as Cardiff will be making a big play of being back at the Arms Park.

“The players and fans will be very excited, and possibly a bit anxious, to get a home win at the old ground.”

The sides go into the contest with contrasting fortunes with the hosts coming off the back of an away win over Connacht at the Sportsground (13-9) while Edinburgh, despite a trio of tries, suffered defeat at the hands of Munster at Murrayfield home (23-18).

However Bradley believes much can be taken from the opportunities converted on the night, which saw Tim Visser become the first player in RaboDirect PRO12 history to register a third hat-trick in the competition.

Bradley added: “There were a lot of positives to be taken from our match against Munster.

“I was happy with the strength of our set piece, the tenacity of our defensive breakdown, the established performances of some of our new players, and the scoring chances we created.

“I think that if we can build on that performance, be a bit more patient and smarter in other areas, then I believe we can come away with a valuable away win, and put our season on the right track.”

The four front-line changes see Scotland props Allan Jacobsen and Geoff Cross start the match in place of John Yapp and Willem Nel and Roddy Grant replace the rested Ross Rennie on the open-side flank.

Centre John Houston is the only change to backs and comes in for the injured Ben Atiga, who aggravated a hip strain in the Munster match.

Changes to the substitutes bench see Fiji captain Netani Talei return from a hamstring straing and Sep Visser take the place on the bench vacated by Houston.

This weekend’s match against the Blues at Cardiff Arms Park will be broadcast live on BBC Wales and will be shown live by the club’s partner G1 Group at the Murrayfield Hotel and on the big screen at The Three Sisters.

Edinburgh Rugby team to play Cardiff Blues at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday 7 September (kick-off 7.05pm)

15 Greig Tonks

14 Lee Jones
13 Nick De Luca
12 John Houston
11 Tim Visser

10 Greig Laidlaw CAPTAIN
9 Richie Rees

1 Allan Jacobsen
2 Ross Ford
3 Geoff Cross
4 Grant Gilchrist
5 Sean Cox
6 David Denton
7 Roddy Grant
8 Stuart McInally

16 Andy Titterrell
17 John Yapp
18 Willem Nel
19 Perry Parker
20 Netani Talei
21 Chris Leck
22 Gregor Hunter
23 Sep Visser

Not available: Ben Atiga (hip), Tom Brown (hamstring strain), Ben Cairns (knee), Steven Lawrie (knee), Matt Scott (pre-season), Steven Turnbull (shoulder).


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