Cardiff Blues v Calvisano

Discussion in 'European Champions & Challenge Cup' started by An Tarbh, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

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    Cardiff Blues v Calvisano
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    With 5 wins from 5 the Blues go into their final pool match looking to secure the top seed for the quarter finals.

    The Blues have cut the prices of tickets by 25% to try and ensure a bumper crowd for this final match.

    In the unlikely event of a defeat the Blues still stand a more than decent chance of securing a home quarter final but would need the Ospreys and Scarlets to get wins. However it shouldn't come down to that as a bp victory is the only likely outcome.

    The Blues will be hoping for a positive outcome at the disciplinary hearing of Tom James on Thursday
     
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  3. Shall be at this match courtesy of my lovely girlfriend. Will most likely be the only person in the ground wearing a Saints jersey. Come and say hello if you see me randomly wandering past.
     
  4. danny

    danny Guest

    Good luck to Cardiff they are a good , physical side with some of the best supporters I have seen at Kingsholm.
     
  5. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Cardiff should win with ease and secure top seeding.
    Wouldn't be surprised to see them surpass the Welsh record of a semi-final in this competition and make the final. Though I don't see them being good enough to beat Munster if they face off.
    Though it'd be another moment to add to the experience bucket.
     
  6. Bluemoon

    Bluemoon Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Sir. Speedy @ Jan 21 2009, 06:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Isnt the Welsh record a final, set by Cardiff RFC against Toulouse, where andrew lewis gave a soft penalty away last minute!! :( 13 years ago...

    In my ideal world, id like to play Bath in the QF, Toulouse in the SF (for revenge on last year!!!) and if we are good enough for that then a final against Munster. If you beat Munster you deserve the trophey! Just my opinion though.

    Cardiff to win by 25+ this friday. Ill be surprised if the Welsh internationals start.
     
  7. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Bluemoon @ Jan 21 2009, 08:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Isnt the Welsh record a final, set by Cardiff RFC against Toulouse, where andrew lewis gave a soft penalty away last minute!! :( 13 years ago...

    In my ideal world, id like to play Bath in the QF, Toulouse in the SF (for revenge on last year!!!) and if we are good enough for that then a final against Munster. If you beat Munster you deserve the trophey! Just my opinion though.

    Cardiff to win by 25+ this friday. Ill be surprised if the Welsh internationals start.
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    they'll start if fit alright, the Unions only interfere with league matches never HEC fixtures.
     
  8. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Yeh you're right, Cardiff were in the first ever final. I meant to say Welsh 'regions', as Llanelli are the only region to reach a semi ('cause we're just too damn good! :D)
     
  9. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    To be honest Id like to see the likes of Bradley Davies, Darren Allison, Chris Cekzaj, Dai Flannagan etc get a run out for this game, but with some experienced players e.g. Xavier Rush!

    Some people are jumping the gun here talking about finals and semi finals, Cardiff have still got to get through the QF and all that jazz!
     
  10. Bluemoon

    Bluemoon Guest

    Ahhh, do not mistake my ideal situation as jumping the gun Cymro! I know we are still far from anything at the moment. I am just hoping we get Bath as thats the only team I'm confident we can beat. Toulouse or Leicester would be more of a challenge!

    Itll be interesting to see the side that is put out tomorrow night. I imagine you wont be seeing Martyn Williams playing...
     
  11. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    well it's a full strength side for the Blues, anything else would be a daft move by Young as far as I'm concerned.

    Cardiff Blues: B Blair; L Halfpenny, T Shanklin, J Roberts, G Thomas; N Robinson, J Spice; G Jenkins, G Williams, G Powell, D Jones, S Morgan, M Molitika, M Williams [capt], A Powell.
    Replacements: F Filise, T Thomas, B Davies, X Rush, D Allinson, C Sweeney, J Robinson.

    Calvisano: B Smith; L Nitoglia, M Pratichetti, G Gonzalo, D Forcucci; G Fraser, P Patelli; A McKenzie, L Ghiraldini [capt], B Evans, P Sidoli, C Treloar, F Cristiano, A Persico, A Zanni.
    Replacements: G Bocca, A Moreno, L Beccaris, M Galluppi, P Griffen, N Raineri, L McLean.
     
  12. cyRil

    cyRil Guest

    As you say, a full-strength team with Deiniol Jones and Scott Morgan in the second row.... Yet Bradley Davies is the one who gets the call-up...?
     
  13. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    God knows how that happened. Deiniol Jones is a rock in that second row for the Blues. He should have been there instead of Charteris!
     
  14. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

    Blues well in control now despite the poor start.

    22-10 currently
     
  15. shtove

    shtove Guest

    Okay, didn't see the match.

    Time for Munster to start launching psychological missiles against this lot.

    Start with ... Cardiff are red hot favourites, no one can touch them, they are gods who walk the earth as women shower them with knickers.

    Humble Munster will have to play like they've never played before, even to stay in touch with these singing-in-the-shower titans.
     
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