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ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018) 
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Post ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
Venue: Cardiff Arms Park Date: Sunday, 14 January Kick-off: 17:30 GMT
Coverage: Live BBC Radio Wales and BBC Five Live Sports Extra commentary online and the BBC Sport app
Live BT Sports 3

Cardiff Blues: Gareth Anscombe; Alex Cuthbert, Garyn Smith, Willis Halaholo, Owen Lane; Jarrod Evans, Tomos Williams; Gethin Jenkins (capt), Matthew Rees, Taufa'ao Filise, George Earle, Josh Turnbull, Josh Navidi, Ellis Jenkins, Nick Williams.

Replacements: Kristian Dacey, Brad Thyer, Dillon Lewis, Damian Welch, Macauley Cook, Lloyd Williams, Steve Shingler, Blaine Scully.

Toulouse: Thomas Ramos; Cheslin Kolbe, Jarrod Poi, Gael Fickou, Sofiane Guitoune; Jean-Marc Doussain, Sébastien Bézy; Clément Castets, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Charlie Faumuina, Florian Verhaeghe, Richie Gray, Semi Kunatani, Louis Madaule, Joe Tekori

Replacements: David Roumieu, Maxime Duprat, Piula Faasalele, Carl Axtens, Rynhardt Elstadt, Antoine Dupont, Paul Perez, Maks Van Dyk.

Referee: Ian Tempest (England)

Assistant referees: Hamish Smales (England), Wayne Falla (England)

TMO: Sean Davey (England)

Citing commissioner: Paul Burke (England)


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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
Looks as though the Blues are edging out Matthew Morgan. A shame really because potentially he is a match winner, but his defensive skills lack commitment. It is a pity there is no legislation to limit the weight of players occupying the 9 to 15 slots; doing so would inject excitement and pace to the game.


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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
According to Wales Online, Morgan has an injury which is currently being assessed. Anyway, why is Wilson so hesitant to use Domachowski and Assiratti, who were fine in Toulouse in October?


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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
najbritcol wrote:
According to Wales Online, Morgan has an injury which is currently being assessed. Anyway, why is Wilson so hesitant to use Domachowski and Assiratti, who were fine in Toulouse in October?

We never quite know what is going on. They may be carrying niggles or it may just be a case of resting players.
Europe may not be a key ambition of the Blues as they are still within a shouting distance of making the playoffs in the Pro14.


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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
Both teams here

I would say that this Tlse team is stronger than others that they have selected in the Challenge given that their priority is Top14 having dropped out of Champs Cup qualifying last Season. There are notable prime omissions eg half backs

http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/37068.php

A comparison ... this a team they fielded against Pau last weekend, there are some injuries/rested too

https://www.rugbyrama.fr/rugby/top-14/2 ... live.shtml

Tlse probably wont qualify unless they get big wins in last 2 matches. Same pool Lyon face the same dilemma

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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
Oh well, not long to go now.
If Blues win this one and remain in contention!
When last were there three Wales teams still in Europe after 5 frames?


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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
BigRed wrote:
Oh well, not long to go now.
If Blues win this one and remain in contention!
When last were there three Wales teams still in Europe after 5 frames?


Fat lady in the dressing room still ...Cardiff won a Challenge Cup in Toulon heartland at Marseille remember ;)

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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
Evens for me, Tlse still have a Top14 priority as the previous rounds have shown

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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
Can't stand those jerseys my father will turn in his grave

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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
Cuthbert FFS


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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
Matthew Rees can't hit a barn door with his throw inns at the lineouts.


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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
3 - 0 pity try disallowed.


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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
Now MR can't throw it straight.


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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
Toulouse have noticed that MR can't throw in properly and are playing the touch line.


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Post Re: ECC: Cardiff Blues v Toulouse (Sun 14.01.2018)
Increasingly scrappy game after a good start.


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