Cardiff Blues v Toulouse

Discussion in 'European Champions & Challenge Cup' started by An Tarbh, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. An Tarbh

    An Tarbh Guest

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    Cardiff Blues v Toulouse</div>

    So go 6 for 6 in the pool stages and what's your reward? A quarter final, albeit at home, against the 3 time former champions. Scant reward indeed for Dai Young's side.

    Fortunately though for the Blues they are at home unlike last season where they were turned over at this stage away to the same opposition.

    Toulouse have maintained their lead at the top of the league in France while the Blues have flattered to deceive domestically, Europe has been a different story though, don't think they'll quite have enough to beat Toulouse though who are a massive step up in class to anything faced so far in the pool stages.
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  3. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    C'mon Blues!!!!!!!!

    I believe they have a good chance this year, unlike last which was more wishful thinking. Problem is, Tolouse can pull anything out the bag. I hope one of the Welsh regions can make it through, Blues have the best chance.
  4. MunsterMan

    MunsterMan Guest

    Definitely ;)

    Still think this should have been played in the Arms park, but at least conditions will be perfect. Hopefully should be a good game!
  5. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    Got a sneaky feeling there will be some controversy in this that will cost the Blues the match.
  6. Bluemoon

    Bluemoon Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Cymro @ Apr 9 2009, 12:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Gary Powell with a Zinadine Zidane headbutt for example.

    I think it boils down to Cardiff have the ability to beat Toulouse. Everyone is fit (which is very important), and there is a belief in the team that they can win games. Toulouse are a giant outfit who definitely have the ability to put anyone away on their day. Cardiff are going to need a flaweless game.

    On paper Toulouse are better, but as a coach said quite recently, this game isnt played on paper, its played on grass.
  7. danny

    danny Guest

    I fancy Cardiff to win this one. Toulouse have not been at their best this season compared to previous years. Revenge will be in the air for last years defeat and the Welsh lads have nothing to fear from the French. Cardiff 22 Toulouse 18.
  8. shtove

    shtove Guest

    Haven't see either of these teams since the 6N.

    Cardiff looked like the team to beat, but Toulouse might give it a lash and blow everyone away.

    Hoping for Cardiff, because they need a bit of a Munstering later on.
  9. Bluemoon

    Bluemoon Guest

    We gave the munsterings a damn good game up in musgrave the magners, and you had a fair few of the big boys out!

    No one in Cardiff is thinking that far ahead. Toulouse is our cup final. If we beat them we've gone one better than last season, got a semi most likely in the mil stad and who knows from there.
  10. monkeypigeon

    monkeypigeon Guest

    I'd love to see Cardiff win, partly because they're Welsh (nothing against the French fellas but there's just never been a Welsh winner since their formation of the regions). Also because I think they'll make for a better final against Munster/Harlequins/Leinster.
  11. Singo

    Singo Guest

    There's not a lot of frenches here :(

    I think it will be more difficult for Toulouse because Lecouls, Poux and Millo-Chlusky are out.

    For me toulouse's pack is better than Cardiff, with Albacete, Dusautoir and Sowerby who made a great season


  12. Bluemoon

    Bluemoon Guest

    According to - these are the teams!

    Cardiff Blues
    B Blair; L Halfpenny, T Shanklin, J Roberts, T James; N Robinson, J Spice, G Jenkins, G Williams, T Filise, B Davies, P Tito (capt), M Molitika, X Rush, M Williams. Reps J Yapp, R Thomas, D Jones, A Powell, R Rees, C Sweeney, G Thomas.

    M Medard; V Clerc, F Fritz, Y Jauzion, C Heymans, F Michalak, B Kelleher; D Human, W Servat, S Perugini, F Pelous, P Albacete, J Bouilhou, T Dusautoir, S Sowerby,
    Reps: A Vernet Basualdo, Y Montes, G Lamboley, Y Nyanga, D Skrela, M Kunavore, C Poitrenaud,

    Kunavore was the man who outshone Shanklin last year in France. Thats an impressive Toulouse team!
  13. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Most teams Toulouse put out are impressive.
    Screw that though, Cardiff will win because they're the only Welsh side who can keep their composure in big-time matches, and home advantage should sway the result in their direction. Toulouse are an awesome side, but it'll be revenge for the Blues this time 'round.

    Besides, that Blues' team is equally as impressive.
  14. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    Surprised to see Deiniol Jones on the bench and Bradley Davies starting. I thought Deiniol was outstanding throughout the pool stages, securing good linout ball and doing the gritty work up front. Bradley Davies has improved this year though, and is turning into another excellent second row (Wales certainly won't be short of second rows in the coming years).

    That Blues backline is mouthwatering (as long as Spice provides decent ball). Leigh Halfpenny and Tom James have been on fire, Jamie Roberts is utelised better by the Blues than he was for Wales in the latter stages of the 6 nations and Tom Shanklin is in top form. Ben Blair will be top class as always and Nicky Robinsons playing the best rugby of his career.

    Up front Dai Young has gone for the more reliable Xavier Rush over the flashy Powell (I'm sure we'll see Powell at some point though) and it's great to see Martyn Williams back. The Blues pack are good enough to provide a good platform for the backs.

    Overall, it's a great Blues side up against a typically awesome Tolouse one. What a game we have in prospect. But I'm backing the Blues to get their own back and proceed to the semi's, they've shown they've got the bottle when it matters this season.
  15. danny

    danny Guest

    A real come down for Powell, how his stock has fallen. Rush is IMO the better player and a tremendous ball carrier so im sure he wont be missed. The "home" advantage will be crucial plus progression for the Blues may just make them less focused for the EDF cup final.
  16. Bluemoon

    Bluemoon Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (dullonien @ Apr 10 2009, 05:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I think out of all the selection headaches, this one was the hardest one for Dai. Deniol is and always has Mr.Reliable and I do feel for him not to keep his shirt. Bradley really has stepped up the last few months though and is becoming a real presence in the side. I think Dai has gone with the form player and I hope it pays off against a powerful opposite number!

    Its nice to see 'neutral' observers backing the team! Its not just my heart telling me we have a really decent chance tomorrow!!
  17. danny

    danny Guest

    I understand there are still tickets available, can anyone confirm this as its only a short trip on the train for me. Also can you buy tickets on the day as I have done that at Cardiff before.
  18. Bluemoon

    Bluemoon Guest

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    As Ive mentioned, I think there may be a bit of a que as a fair few people are buying their tickets on the day.
  19. dullonien

    dullonien Guest

    I wish I had the time to go see this one. Stupid uni work is stopping me. Surely they would just open another stand in the MS if they fill the first two? Therefore there's bound to be tickets left. I understand around 30,000 tickets have been sold so far, so add another 5-10 thousand on the gates and it looks like a good crowd, possibly even more than that if Bluemoon is right!
  20. Cymro

    Cymro Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (danny @ Apr 10 2009, 05:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Heineken cup quarter-final - Millennium Stadium - Saturday 11th April 2009
    Cardiff Blues v Toulouse Kick Off 3:30pm
    Group booking discounts are available by calling the ticket office on 029 2030 2030 please note that these are not available online.
    Location      Adults      Under 16's
    Middle Tier      SOLD OUT     SOLD OUT
    Lower Tier      £20     £10

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
    Just ring to make sure!
  21. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    3 - 3 after 16 mins. Halfpenny with a penalty on halfway to regain the Blues' lead. 53 metres, no easy feat. Just wide.

    Toulouse attacking five metres from the Cardiff line. Scrum-five to Toulouse.
    Massive danger area for Cardiff.
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