Pro 12: Edinburgh Rugby vs Cardiff Blues 7th May

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Pro 12: Edinburgh Rugby vs Cardiff Blues 7th May

Post by EWT Spoons on Fri 06 May 2016, 10:34 am

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Edinburgh Rugby   v   Cardiff Blues
Saturday 7th May 2016, KO 15:00
BT Murrayfield
TV: BBC 2 Wales

After back-to-back wins against reigning champions Glasgow back in January, Edinburgh lifted themselves up to third in the Guinness PRO12.

They have stumbled in recent weeks however and now find themselves down in eighth ahead of this weekend's match with Cardiff Blues.

With just 38 tries all season, Edinburgh's struggles to cross the whitewash has cost them at times but McInally is not giving up hope.

"It is quite exciting to know what we have to go out and play," he said of the final game this Saturday.

"Top six is still mathematically possible and while that is there, there is everything to play for.

"We know we need a five pointer. The fact that we do still have a chance gives us all the motivation we need.

"We are improving. You have to, every team in this league is improving. If you look at our points, tries scored, tries conceded, points difference and league points from the last three years we are getting better every year.

"The frustrating thing for us now is that we have found a system that has helped us improve enough to hold our position - but what do we need to do to climb the table? That is going to be the conversation over the summer."

Edinburgh could still make the Champions Cup but would need a maximum point win and even then would depend upon other results going their way.

The Scotsmen have lost their last two Guinness PRO12 matches in Ireland, to Leinster and Munster, but have lost just once at Murrayfield in any tournament since November.

Cardiff Blues' four-game winning run meanwhile was ended with their Judgement Day defeat to Ospreys.

The Blues only defeat in their last six fixtures with Edinburgh was 13-28 in this equivalent fixture at Murrayfield in round eight last season.

And scrum-half Lloyd Williams insists they are determined to finish on a winning note despite not being in with a chance of making the top six themselves.

"We want to end our season on a high against Edinburgh," he said.

"We are waiting on results from other games but if we win our last game and do the best we can, hopefully we can climb the league and potentially finish above the Ospreys.

"We have to use this to push us on for next year. We have shown we can do better.

"It's been a season I have enjoyed. For various reasons we have been a bit inconsistent over the last four years but there's consistency now and there's no surprise that we're now getting better as a team."

At Murrayfield, 3pm.

Referee: John Lacey (IRFU, 53rd competition game)
Assistant Referees: Mike Adamson, Keith Allan (both SRU)
Citing Commissioner: Iain Goodall (SRU)
TMO: Charles Samson

Live on BBC Wales

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Re: Pro 12: Edinburgh Rugby vs Cardiff Blues 7th May

Post by PhilBB on Thu 12 May 2016, 5:04 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:What has happened to Edinburgh?!

The opposition turned up.

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Re: Pro 12: Edinburgh Rugby vs Cardiff Blues 7th May

Post by RDW_Scotland on Thu 12 May 2016, 5:23 pm

You taken that long to think that one up?? Very Happy

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Re: Pro 12: Edinburgh Rugby vs Cardiff Blues 7th May

Post by PhilBB on Thu 12 May 2016, 5:25 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:You taken that long to think that one up?? Very Happy

Took that long to log in.

Cardiff were abysmal in the first half. Lazy, disorganised and ineffective. They were a little better in the second half and so dominated the game.

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