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Post by GavinDragon on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 7:18 am

Blues: 15 Rhys Patchell, 14 Dan Fish, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Tom James, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Lloyd Williams; 1 Gethin Jenkins (c), 2 Kristian Dacey, 3 Taufa'ao Filise, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 James Down, 6 Ellis Jenkins, 7 Sam Warburton, 8 Josh Turnbull

Replacements: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Brad Thyer, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Manoa Vosawai, 20 Josh Navidi, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Harri Millard, 23 Aled Summerhill

Dragons: C Meyer, A Hughes, T Morgan, A Warren, H Amos, D Jones, S Pretorius, P Price, E Dee, B Harris, R Landman, N Crosswell, L Evans (captain), N Cudd, T Faletau. Replacements: R Buckley, B Stankovich, L Fairbrother, M Screech, E Jackson, C Davies, A O'Brien, GR Jones.

Although buoyed by our victory over Gloucester, I still think we will struggle in this match. The Blues have been playing some sublime attacking rugby at home and on that artificial surface, despite Kingsley pointing out that we train on one all week, I don't think we are fit enough to cope with that intensity.

For the Dragons, I don't think we will see too many changes from the side that beat Gloucester. So hopefully no injuries. It would have been nice if Ollie Griffiths was fit as I would have liked to seen the battle between him and Ellis Jenkins whom, along with James Davies, will in my opinion all be competing for the Welsh 7 jersey in a few years. Jack Dixon and James Thomas continued their comebacks with Bedwas in their defeat to Llandovery last night.

I also hope you the Blues involve Hobbs and Mitchell so we can see them in action before they move east to Rodney Parade in the summer.

I think it will be an entertaining game with a lot of tries scored, and with the Blues coming out on top and keeping their hopes of a top 6 finish alive.


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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Stone Motif on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 9:11 am

Now there's an unimaginative thread title.

Wonder if Lynn the Quin is going to be in charge for this one?

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 9:32 am

Stone Motif wrote:Now there's an unimaginative thread title.


How about, Cardiff v Jonesy and the Pussycats?

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by munkian on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 9:42 am

Not Cardiff RFC V Wally's Hybrid Farce

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 9:56 am

How about some contribution towards the actual rugby - now there's an idea!

Lyn not in charge for this.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 10:00 am

munkian wrote:Not Cardiff RFC V Wally's Hybrid Farce

or Kick it up with the Joneses

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by munkian on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 10:00 am

GavinDragon wrote:How about some contribution towards the actual rugby - now there's an idea!

Lyn not in charge for this.

Not much to discuss until teams are announced Shocked

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 10:18 am

Predictions?

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Post by ScarletSpiderman on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 10:41 am

GavinDragon wrote:Predictions?

Whoever wins, it is because they were confident going into this game following a decisive away win last time out, and the side that lost will be due to players being burnt out after leaving it all on the pitch during their crucial away win last time out. Also the winner will be tipped to have a good final few weeks of the season, where they will achieve a goal that will impress their fans (RCC2 title, or sneak into top 6) leading to them being dark horses for the Pro12 next season.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by munkian on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 10:45 am

ScarletSpiderman wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:Predictions?

Whoever wins, it is because they were confident going into this game following a decisive away win last time out, and the side that lost will be due to players being burnt out after leaving it all on the pitch during their crucial away win last time out.  Also the winner will be tipped to have a good final few weeks of the season, where they will achieve a goal that will impress their fans (RCC2 title, or sneak into top 6) leading to them being dark horses for the Pro12 next season.

It will be interesting to see if Kingsley will pick the same side or a weakend team now the league is a dead rubber for us and we have Montpelier away.

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Post by ScarletSpiderman on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 10:57 am

Munk, I am really hoping the Dragons throw it all into this game. Bragging rights against the local 'bigger' team and all that, and also how good would it feel to put one over them on their home patch? Then after that the Dragons can take their next two league games easy.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by munkian on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 11:01 am

ScarletSpiderman wrote:Munk, I am really hoping the Dragons throw it all into this game.  Bragging rights against the local 'bigger' team and all that, and also how good would it feel to put one over them on their home patch?  Then after that the Dragons can take their next two league games easy.

Oh so do I mate but we really can't afford injuries/burnout when we play in France.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Stone Motif on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 11:28 am

Cardiff Dave wrote:
munkian wrote:Not Cardiff RFC V Wally's Hybrid Farce

or Kick it up with the Joneses

The pitch is artificial v Lynn's no clart: official

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by RiscaGame on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 12:17 pm

Playing Auckland, are we Wink

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by RiscaGame on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 12:18 pm

Fancy Cardiff to win to be honest. I did anyway before last weekend, but now I think we will protect a few players and with Cardiff pushing for top six, they'll be up for it.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Blueschief on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 12:30 pm

Cardiff had a week off last week so are rested, while Dragons have Montpellier next week, I won't be surprised to see Dragons put out a weakened side this weekend. Should be a great game and hoping Cardiff win it.


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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Coleman on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 12:36 pm

Very excited for the this game. The weather forecast says the sun will be out so that will drag a few fair weather fans along I hope.

I think having a week off from the Scarlets game was a good thing as we can't blame being "drained, emotionally spent" for our performance. We've had two weeks to prepare for this game and without being direspectful I want us to take five points.

Excited to see Dacey v Dee (if Dacey is selected over Rees that is). Also I think Cudd vs Warbs will be a great clash as well. I think the Blues scrum as of late has been the better of the two. You won't see Mitchell or Hobbs in the squad for this one as they've been surpassed by younger, better players.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 12:53 pm

RiscaGame wrote:Playing Auckland, are we Wink

Bedford I thought

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Post by GavinDragon on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 12:55 pm

Coleman wrote:Very excited for the this game. The weather forecast says the sun will be out so that will drag a few fair weather fans along I hope.

I think having a week off from the Scarlets game was a good thing as we can't blame being "drained, emotionally spent" for our performance. We've had two weeks to prepare for this game and without being direspectful I want us to take five points.

Excited to see Dacey v Dee (if Dacey is selected over Rees that is). Also I think Cudd vs Warbs will be a great clash as well. I think the Blues scrum as of late has been the better of the two. You won't see Mitchell or Hobbs in the squad for this one as they've been surpassed by younger, better players.

Straight shoot out for the 3rd hooking spot. I think Dacey is a better ball carrier and more destructive, whereas Dee is a more mobile technically accurate hooker. Dee reminds me of Huw Bennett whereas Dacey is more like Hibbard. Be interesting.


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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by PhilBB on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 2:18 pm

GavinDragon wrote:Will post teams up when thy are announced.

Although buoyed by our victory over Gloucester, I still think we will struggle in this match. The Blues have been playing some sublime attacking rugby at home and on that artificial surface, despite Kingsley pointing out that we train on one all week, I don't think we are fit enough to cope with that intensity.

For the Dragons, I don't think we will see too many changes from the side that beat Gloucester. So hopefully no injuries. It would have been nice if Ollie Griffiths was fit as I would have liked to seen the battle between him and Ellis Jenkins whom, along with James Davies, will in my opinion all be competing for the Welsh 7 jersey in a few years. Jack Dixon and James Thomas continued their comebacks with Bedwas in their defeat to Llandovery last night.

I also hope you the Blues involve Hobbs and Mitchell so we can see them in action before they move east to Rodney Parade in the summer.

I think it will be an entertaining game with a lot of tries scored, and with the Blues coming out on top and keeping their hopes of a top 6 finish alive.


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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by PhilBB on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 2:20 pm

GavinDragon wrote:

Straight shoot out for the 3rd hooking spot. I think Dacey is a better ball carrier and more destructive, whereas Dee is a more mobile technically accurate hooker. Dee reminds me of Huw Bennett whereas Dacey is more like Hibbard. Be interesting.


But Dacey can't scrummage and is significantly smaller than Hibbard.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 2:31 pm

PhilBB wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:

Straight shoot out for the 3rd hooking spot. I think Dacey is a better ball carrier and more destructive, whereas Dee is a more mobile technically accurate hooker. Dee reminds me of Huw Bennett whereas Dacey is more like Hibbard. Be interesting.


But Dacey can't scrummage and is significantly smaller than Hibbard.

Hadn't observed Dacey closely enough to comment on his scrummaging. Dee's not renowned for his scrummaging either. Which is why TRT has been preferred by the Lyp at times this year.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Coleman on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 2:36 pm

PhilBB wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:

Straight shoot out for the 3rd hooking spot. I think Dacey is a better ball carrier and more destructive, whereas Dee is a more mobile technically accurate hooker. Dee reminds me of Huw Bennett whereas Dacey is more like Hibbard. Be interesting.


But Dacey can't scrummage and is significantly smaller than Hibbard.

I do agree. I think of the two Dee is more likely to be the better international player. The difference between Dacey and Dee come scrumtime is stark. I think Myhill will make himself No.1 at the Blues next season. Not that I don't like Dacey. I do, he always shows up for us and has a good try scoring record. I just think there is better players coming in and coming through.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 2:40 pm

I think Myhill was a very shrewed signing for the Blues. Saying that, you've made many for next season - top 6 beckons me thinks!

I do wonder, had you not stole that win against us at Christmas, how both teams' seasons would have gone.

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Post by wales606 on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 2:57 pm

Should be an interesting game,

Blues were fantastic against the Scarlets and now will be under a lot of pressure to perform at home and keep the race for 6th on.

Will be interesting to see how this team under Wilson responds to that pressure.

Still think we will be looking back at those 2 away games in Italy with despair come the end of the season.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 3:00 pm

PhilBB wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:Will post teams up when thy are announced.

Although buoyed by our victory over Gloucester, I still think we will struggle in this match. The Blues have been playing some sublime attacking rugby at home and on that artificial surface, despite Kingsley pointing out that we train on one all week, I don't think we are fit enough to cope with that intensity.

For the Dragons, I don't think we will see too many changes from the side that beat Gloucester. So hopefully no injuries. It would have been nice if Ollie Griffiths was fit as I would have liked to seen the battle between him and Ellis Jenkins whom, along with James Davies, will in my opinion all be competing for the Welsh 7 jersey in a few years. Jack Dixon and James Thomas continued their comebacks with Bedwas in their defeat to Llandovery last night.

I also hope you the Blues involve Hobbs and Mitchell so we can see them in action before they move east to Rodney Parade in the summer.

I think it will be an entertaining game with a lot of tries scored, and with the Blues coming out on top and keeping their hopes of a top 6 finish alive.


Not one use of Cardiff.

Epic trolling.

You can't be unaware that most people refer to Cardiff Blues as the Blues. Are they all trolling, too?

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 3:02 pm

LP don't engage mun. He actually knows his stuff if you engage him on on the pitch rugby.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 3:53 pm

Rhys Patchell is obviously a troll to - “I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, as long as I’m a Blues player, I will give 100 per cent for the Blues and that’s the way it should be,” http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/rhys-patchell-interview-no-regrets-11185704


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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by PhilBB on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 3:57 pm

GavinDragon wrote:I think Myhill was a very shrewed signing for the Blues. Saying that, you've made many for next season - top 6 beckons me thinks!

I do wonder, had you not stole that win against us at Christmas, how both teams' seasons would have gone.

But for two mistakes in Italy, wouldn't Cardiff now be in 5th

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Post by PhilBB on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 3:57 pm

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:
You can't be unaware that most people refer to Cardiff Blues as the Blues. Are they all trolling, too?

I don't know them all so couldn't comment. I know Gavin's output well enough, however.

Hope that helps.

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Post by PhilBB on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 3:59 pm

GavinDragon wrote:Rhys Patchell is obviously a troll to - “I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, as long as I’m a Blues player, I will give 100 per cent for the Blues and that’s the way it should be,” http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/rhys-patchell-interview-no-regrets-11185704

Written by Simon who has confirmed numerous times that WO will use Cardiff Blues first up and then only Blues thereafter.

Look at what is written on the official website nowadays. They are going out of their way to use only Cardiff Blues.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by GavinDragon on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 4:00 pm

PhilBB wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:Rhys Patchell is obviously a troll to - “I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, as long as I’m a Blues player, I will give 100 per cent for the Blues and that’s the way it should be,” http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/rhys-patchell-interview-no-regrets-11185704

Written by Simon who has confirmed numerous times that WO will use Cardiff Blues first up and then only Blues thereafter.

Look at what is written on the official website nowadays. They are going out of their way to use only Cardiff Blues.

But in a direct quote?

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Post by PhilBB on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 4:03 pm

GavinDragon wrote:
But in a direct quote?

Yep. In the past I can remember reading one script of the same interview on three different outlets (Pro12, BBC and WO) with three different 'quotes'.

That's Editors for you.

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Post by Luckless Pedestrian on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 4:04 pm

People use Blues as shorthand. They don't do it to deny the Cardiff bit. Nothing's meant by it.

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Post by PhilBB on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 4:05 pm

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:People use Blues as shorthand. They don't do it to deny the Cardiff bit. Nothing's meant by it.

Good to know.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 7:45 pm

Luckless Pedestrian wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:Will post teams up when thy are announced.

Although buoyed by our victory over Gloucester, I still think we will struggle in this match. The Blues have been playing some sublime attacking rugby at home and on that artificial surface, despite Kingsley pointing out that we train on one all week, I don't think we are fit enough to cope with that intensity.

For the Dragons, I don't think we will see too many changes from the side that beat Gloucester. So hopefully no injuries. It would have been nice if Ollie Griffiths was fit as I would have liked to seen the battle between him and Ellis Jenkins whom, along with James Davies, will in my opinion all be competing for the Welsh 7 jersey in a few years. Jack Dixon and James Thomas continued their comebacks with Bedwas in their defeat to Llandovery last night.

I also hope you the Blues involve Hobbs and Mitchell so we can see them in action before they move east to Rodney Parade in the summer.

I think it will be an entertaining game with a lot of tries scored, and with the Blues coming out on top and keeping their hopes of a top 6 finish alive.


Not one use of Cardiff.

Epic trolling.

You can't be unaware that most people refer to Cardiff Blues as the Blues. Are they all trolling, too?

I bet most French people would say "Cardeeff" or something like that. Never Blues, for obvious reasons. And it seems to be mostly Cardiff with the Irish, NI, Scottish and English media. S4C never say "Blues" either. Actually they don't say Cardiff or Caerdydd come to think of it.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by ScarletSpiderman on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 7:58 pm

Cardiff Dave wrote:
Luckless Pedestrian wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:Will post teams up when thy are announced.

Although buoyed by our victory over Gloucester, I still think we will struggle in this match. The Blues have been playing some sublime attacking rugby at home and on that artificial surface, despite Kingsley pointing out that we train on one all week, I don't think we are fit enough to cope with that intensity.

For the Dragons, I don't think we will see too many changes from the side that beat Gloucester. So hopefully no injuries. It would have been nice if Ollie Griffiths was fit as I would have liked to seen the battle between him and Ellis Jenkins whom, along with James Davies, will in my opinion all be competing for the Welsh 7 jersey in a few years. Jack Dixon and James Thomas continued their comebacks with Bedwas in their defeat to Llandovery last night.

I also hope you the Blues involve Hobbs and Mitchell so we can see them in action before they move east to Rodney Parade in the summer.

I think it will be an entertaining game with a lot of tries scored, and with the Blues coming out on top and keeping their hopes of a top 6 finish alive.


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Epic trolling.

You can't be unaware that most people refer to Cardiff Blues as the Blues. Are they all trolling, too?

I bet most French people would say "Cardeeff" or something like that. Never Blues, for obvious reasons. And it seems to be mostly Cardiff with the Irish, NI, Scottish and English media. S4C never say "Blues" either. Actually they don't say Cardiff or Caerdydd come to think of it.

S4C don't ever use Ospreys or Dragons either mind.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by LordDowlais on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 8:04 pm

S4C use Gleision for Blues, I thought that was common knowledge. Anyway I gave a strange feeling that this game will be a belter.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 8:50 pm

LordDowlais wrote:S4C use Gleision for Blues, I thought that was common knowledge. Anyway I gave a strange feeling that this game will be a belter.

Fecking wibblers.
The S4C Euro highlights show is confusing too. Dunno who done what to who half the time. Made up names for many foreign club sides. French tv call us Cardiff, so why does Welsh tv continue to get it so wrong?

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 8:54 pm

ScarletSpiderman wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
Luckless Pedestrian wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:Will post teams up when thy are announced.

Although buoyed by our victory over Gloucester, I still think we will struggle in this match. The Blues have been playing some sublime attacking rugby at home and on that artificial surface, despite Kingsley pointing out that we train on one all week, I don't think we are fit enough to cope with that intensity.

For the Dragons, I don't think we will see too many changes from the side that beat Gloucester. So hopefully no injuries. It would have been nice if Ollie Griffiths was fit as I would have liked to seen the battle between him and Ellis Jenkins whom, along with James Davies, will in my opinion all be competing for the Welsh 7 jersey in a few years. Jack Dixon and James Thomas continued their comebacks with Bedwas in their defeat to Llandovery last night.

I also hope you the Blues involve Hobbs and Mitchell so we can see them in action before they move east to Rodney Parade in the summer.

I think it will be an entertaining game with a lot of tries scored, and with the Blues coming out on top and keeping their hopes of a top 6 finish alive.


Not one use of Cardiff.

Epic trolling.

You can't be unaware that most people refer to Cardiff Blues as the Blues. Are they all trolling, too?

I bet most French people would say "Cardeeff" or something like that. Never Blues, for obvious reasons. And it seems to be mostly Cardiff with the Irish, NI, Scottish and English media. S4C never say "Blues" either. Actually they don't say Cardiff or Caerdydd come to think of it.

S4C don't ever use Ospreys or Dragons either mind.

You've reminded me that they do in fact, on the red, no wibble button.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 8:57 pm

GavinDragon wrote:Predictions?

Ask Andy's bowels.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 9:39 pm

LordDowlais wrote:S4C use Gleision for Blues, I thought that was common knowledge. Anyway I gave a strange feeling that this game will be a belter.

In the relatively small world of not-team-Wales rugby in Wales, it probably is.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Griff on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 9:49 pm

Cardiff Dave wrote:
Luckless Pedestrian wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:Will post teams up when thy are announced.

Although buoyed by our victory over Gloucester, I still think we will struggle in this match. The Blues have been playing some sublime attacking rugby at home and on that artificial surface, despite Kingsley pointing out that we train on one all week, I don't think we are fit enough to cope with that intensity.

For the Dragons, I don't think we will see too many changes from the side that beat Gloucester. So hopefully no injuries. It would have been nice if Ollie Griffiths was fit as I would have liked to seen the battle between him and Ellis Jenkins whom, along with James Davies, will in my opinion all be competing for the Welsh 7 jersey in a few years. Jack Dixon and James Thomas continued their comebacks with Bedwas in their defeat to Llandovery last night.

I also hope you the Blues involve Hobbs and Mitchell so we can see them in action before they move east to Rodney Parade in the summer.

I think it will be an entertaining game with a lot of tries scored, and with the Blues coming out on top and keeping their hopes of a top 6 finish alive.


Not one use of Cardiff.

Epic trolling.

You can't be unaware that most people refer to Cardiff Blues as the Blues. Are they all trolling, too?

I bet most French people would say "Cardeeff" or something like that. Never Blues, for obvious reasons. And it seems to be mostly Cardiff with the Irish, NI, Scottish and English media. S4C never say "Blues" either. Actually they don't say Cardiff or Caerdydd come to think of it.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 14 Apr 2016, 10:34 pm

Griff wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
Luckless Pedestrian wrote:
PhilBB wrote:
GavinDragon wrote:Will post teams up when thy are announced.

Although buoyed by our victory over Gloucester, I still think we will struggle in this match. The Blues have been playing some sublime attacking rugby at home and on that artificial surface, despite Kingsley pointing out that we train on one all week, I don't think we are fit enough to cope with that intensity.

For the Dragons, I don't think we will see too many changes from the side that beat Gloucester. So hopefully no injuries. It would have been nice if Ollie Griffiths was fit as I would have liked to seen the battle between him and Ellis Jenkins whom, along with James Davies, will in my opinion all be competing for the Welsh 7 jersey in a few years. Jack Dixon and James Thomas continued their comebacks with Bedwas in their defeat to Llandovery last night.

I also hope you the Blues involve Hobbs and Mitchell so we can see them in action before they move east to Rodney Parade in the summer.

I think it will be an entertaining game with a lot of tries scored, and with the Blues coming out on top and keeping their hopes of a top 6 finish alive.


Not one use of Cardiff.

Epic trolling.

You can't be unaware that most people refer to Cardiff Blues as the Blues. Are they all trolling, too?

I bet most French people would say "Cardeeff" or something like that. Never Blues, for obvious reasons. And it seems to be mostly Cardiff with the Irish, NI, Scottish and English media. S4C never say "Blues" either. Actually they don't say Cardiff or Caerdydd come to think of it.

Cardiff RFC: world famous, in Wales.

Dunno, but I can't see how made-up names like Gleision, Gweilch and Dreigiau have helped matters. Adds to the existing confusion imho and certainly doesn't help attracting new punters coz those names would mean naff all to fresh folk who could be persuaded to join in. Cardiff, Swansea and Newport on the other hand... Just guessing, of course.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by PhilBB on Fri 15 Apr 2016, 9:27 am

Dave, Dave, Dave. You'll never be welcome in Wales with a thought pattern like that.

Our teams MUST be inclusive because, after all, that's how the Ospreys have been mega successful. Right? Through not having a club name in their, erm, name. That's how they've managed to win those PrO'12 titles and those knockout games in Eur... erm, scratch that.

It's all to do with their name. Right?

Nothing at all to do with a free stadium, a financing deal that allows them to piggy back off a Premiership Soccer team and really cheap tickets.

It's just because they don't have a place name in their brand.

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Post by GavinDragon on Fri 15 Apr 2016, 9:40 am

I wonder what the crowd will be. You'd expect a good one, given the proximity. What is the capacity at CAP?

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by PhilBB on Fri 15 Apr 2016, 9:45 am

GavinDragon wrote:I wonder what the crowd will be. You'd expect a good one, given the proximity. What is the capacity at CAP?

About 12k.

I can't see it being a sell out, however, what with the NGD being crap and the game being on a Sunday.

There doesn't seem to be any 'buzz' about this game.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by wales606 on Fri 15 Apr 2016, 9:46 am

Are these match threads still getting completely de-railed by whether the name Cardiff should be used before you say anything.

How about we actually talk about the match and you can start your own thread on what shortened name to use for the Cardiff Blues.

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Re: Blues vs Dragons Match Thread

Post by GavinDragon on Fri 15 Apr 2016, 9:48 am

So 606, predictions?

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Post by wales606 on Fri 15 Apr 2016, 9:52 am

GavinDragon wrote:So 606, predictions?

Going to depend on how both team respond to their recent successes,

Think the Blues have the better squad and have been in better form recently, the Dragons pulled off a good win, but before that their form was very poor. Can't see them pulling off another big away win in a row.

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