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Blues face Edinburgh for Challenge Cup semi-final spot

CARDIFF Blues travel to Edinburgh this weekend in the hope of securing a place in the European Challenge Cup semi-final.

Danny Wilson’s side have been dominant in the competition so far, having won five out of their six group games, and come in to the match off the back of a five-match winning run in the league.

Their opponents have similar European form, albeit more free-scoring. Edinburgh have not lost in the league for seven matches, a run that stretches back to December 2017.

The two sides met at Cardiff Arms Park in the Pro14 in September, with the Scottish side coming out 20-10 winners on that occasion.

Should they win, the Blues will earn a home semi-final at Cardiff Arms Park.

The Blues beat Ulster 35-17 last weekend to remain in touch with third-placed Toyota Cheetahs. Jarrod Evans got the Blues off to a lightning start, going over in the first minute of the game. Ulster hit back with a penalty, but 10 minutes later Cardiff showed off some exceptional handling out wide before Blaine Scully weaved through to extend their lead.

Despite being a man short after Wiehahn Herbst was yellow carded for making contact with Jarrod Evans’s head, Ulster closed the gap with another penalty. However an Evans penalty meant Cardiff led 17-6 at half-time.

The game was put beyond all doubt as substitute Kristian Dacey went over following an extended period of Cardiff pressure. Ulster saved some face in the final few minutes of the game, going over with two minutes to go to reduce the gap to 11 points.

Not to be outdone, Cardiff scored the final try deep in to additional time. Evans was again instrumental, jinking through the Ulster defence and offloading to Dillon Lewis to complete the scoring.

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