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Post by Coleman on Wed 24 Aug 2016, 12:57 pm

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Surprised one of these isn’t up yet. If I’ve missed players just let me know and I’ll pop them in.

Squad

Hookers: Matthew Rees, Kirby Myhill, Kristian Dacey, Liam Belcher, Ethan Lewis
Props: Gethin Jenkins, Taufa'ao Filise, Rhys Gill, Scott Andrews, Dillon Lewis, Bradley Thyer, Anton Peikrishvili
Locks: Jarrad Hoeata, George Earle, James Down, Seb Davies
Back Row: Macauley Cook, Ellis Jenkins, Josh Navidi, James Sheekey, Josh Turnbull, Sam Warburton, Cam Dolan, Nick Williams
Scrum Half: Lloyd Williams, Lewis Jones, Tomos Williams
Fly Half: Gareth Anscombe, Jarrod Evans, Steven Shingler
Centre: Cory Allen, Garyn Smith, Rey Lee-Lo Willis Halaholo* (Joins after NPC)
Wing: Alex Cuthbert, Tom James, Blaine Scully
Fullback: Dan Fish, Matthew Morgan, Aled Summerhill, Rhun Williams

Pre-Season Results:
Dragons (L) 28-38
Bristol (W) 25-24

Hoping for a good season from the Blues. We’ve signed well in some areas, such as adding Nick Williams to our already well stocked back row. The addition of Shingler and Morgan should help our squad rotation in the backs but I can’t help but feel we’re lacking in the centre a bit. More so with Corey Allen’s potential for injury.

Pre-season has gone alright. Hammered by the Dragons for 50 mins, but we came back to score a few tries in the last 30. The Bristol game gave me worries about our scrum. Ma'afu looked more unfit against the Dragons then when he joined, it seems that he has a poor attitude and needs to buck his ideas up. Gill didn’t look great against Bristol and Thyer had a tidy game when he came on. Cam Dolan seems to have improved in the off season along with Down who had a good game against Bristol. Shingler and Morgan went well in the Bristol game as did Allen. Ray Lee-Lo will be our most important player this season I feel, he has a great attitude and really puts in a shift. Excited to see him and Halaholo link up later in the year.

Looking forward to the Edinburgh game on 3rd of September. C’mon the Bloooooooooos!


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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by mikey_dragon on Fri 04 Nov 2016, 11:02 pm

wales606 wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:Cardiff win, finished 28-34. Ref was poor for both sides. Lloyd Williams was very poor and shouldn't be third choice 9 for Wales.

Agree, Lloyd didn't have a good game - but to be fair he has been playing a lot better than this.

Surely he is better as that was pretty poor. Tomos Williams is your best 9 by the look of it.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by Cardiff Dave on Fri 04 Nov 2016, 11:15 pm

"TFW captain Sam Warburton played a key role in defence"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/37857535

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by exile jack on Mon 14 Nov 2016, 8:33 am

I'm not a Blues supporter but as an exile in England I follow all the Welsh Regions results and try to watch them play as often as possible.I watched the Blues against Exeter yesterday.Who decided to send a team that young and inexperienced to a top 5 Aviva club where Rob Baxter has let it be known he is unhappy with Exeter's start to the season? He was a bit naughty fielding a team with several Aviva first team and first team squad players including an English international.The fact that Cardiff scored 4 tries and blew a few more was creditable but I thought the AW Cup was meant to be developmental not run-outs for established senior professional players.

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Post by 2ndtimeround on Mon 14 Nov 2016, 9:20 am

The Welsh regions treat it as a development competition to help bring through academy players, the teams are usually coached by developing coaches from within the regions or feeder clubs, as for the English teams it seems some take it far more seriously than others with varying degrees of success.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by ScarletSpiderman on Mon 14 Nov 2016, 9:34 am

2ndtimeround wrote:The Welsh regions treat it as a development competition to help bring through academy players, the teams are usually coached by developing coaches from within the regions or feeder clubs, as for the English teams it seems some take it far more seriously than others with varying degrees of success.

The Dragons took what looked very much like their first team into the match against Leicester this weekend.

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Post by dragon4life on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 9:44 am

ScarletSpiderman wrote:
2ndtimeround wrote:The Welsh regions treat it as a development competition to help bring through academy players, the teams are usually coached by developing coaches from within the regions or feeder clubs, as for the English teams it seems some take it far more seriously than others with varying degrees of success.

The Dragons took what looked very much like their first team into the match against Leicester this weekend.

That pack we put out was full of 2nd or 3 rd choice players and that's where Leicester beat us, the back line had 2/3 first choice players who needed game time. 6 debuts off the bench as well, if you look at our team compared to Leicester who had Ayerza, Thacker, Beatham, Burns, Williams etc you would expect a thrashing

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Post by ScarletSpiderman on Tue 15 Nov 2016, 10:43 am

dragon4life wrote:
ScarletSpiderman wrote:
2ndtimeround wrote:The Welsh regions treat it as a development competition to help bring through academy players, the teams are usually coached by developing coaches from within the regions or feeder clubs, as for the English teams it seems some take it far more seriously than others with varying degrees of success.

The Dragons took what looked very much like their first team into the match against Leicester this weekend.

That pack we put out was full of 2nd or 3 rd choice players and that's where Leicester beat us, the back line had 2/3 first choice players who needed game time. 6 debuts off the bench as well, if you look at our team compared to Leicester who had Ayerza, Thacker, Beatham, Burns, Williams etc you would expect a thrashing

In that case, I know far more of the Dragons squad than I thought I would/should.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by ScarletSpiderman on Wed 16 Nov 2016, 5:46 pm

It's a bit early for the rumour mill to get going, but I've heard Hadleigh Parkes is meant to be headed your way. And truth or just good old fashioned panic from our supporters?

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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 16 Nov 2016, 8:15 pm

We really don't need Parkes.... we need to keep Dai Landman.

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Post by ScarletSpiderman on Wed 16 Nov 2016, 8:31 pm

The Blues are also in the hunt for Landman, if the gossip mill is correct.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Wed 16 Nov 2016, 9:03 pm

ScarletSpiderman wrote:The Blues are also in the hunt for Landman, if the gossip mill is correct.

Is he Welsh, nearly Welsh or never will be Welsh?
Just wondering whether if he'll get caught up in the 13 day team Wales Tavis bagging and dumb running training camps.

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Post by ScarletSpiderman on Wed 16 Nov 2016, 9:34 pm

Dai, both Hadleigh and Landman will be WQ at the end of the season (or Xmas 2017 for sure)

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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 16 Nov 2016, 9:53 pm

It makes sense for Blues to get Landman, plus they're a team on the up. I'll be gutted to see him leave though - great clubman.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 16 Nov 2016, 9:54 pm

ScarletSpiderman wrote:It's a bit early for the rumour mill to get going, but I've heard Hadleigh Parkes is meant to be headed your way.  And truth or just good old fashioned panic from our supporters?

Thought this was in reply to dragon btw, hence me replying as if I was convinced Parkes was coming to Dragons.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by ScarletSpiderman on Wed 16 Nov 2016, 10:26 pm

Mikey, your right he is a good hard worker, head down and get on with the job, grafter. But hasn't he had a few knocks this season? Bit like Earle before he joined the Blues.

Also, I assumed you thought I was talking to dragon, so your reply made sense

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Wed 23 Nov 2016, 8:13 pm

ScarletSpiderman wrote:Dai, both Hadleigh and Landman will be WQ at the end of the season (or Xmas 2017 for sure)

Almost Welsh then.
Too Welsh for comfort possibly, but there again will he ever get the call?

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by wayne on Thu 24 Nov 2016, 9:22 pm

Cardiff Dave wrote:
ScarletSpiderman wrote:Dai, both Hadleigh and Landman will be WQ at the end of the season (or Xmas 2017 for sure)

Almost Welsh then.
Too Welsh for comfort possibly, but there again will he ever get the call?

Oi Dave when is your Georgian biter going to be sentenced? thought he was up before the bench yesterday.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Thu 24 Nov 2016, 10:05 pm

wayne wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
ScarletSpiderman wrote:Dai, both Hadleigh and Landman will be WQ at the end of the season (or Xmas 2017 for sure)

Almost Welsh then.
Too Welsh for comfort possibly, but there again will he ever get the call?

Oi Dave when is your Georgian biter going to be sentenced? thought he was up before the bench yesterday.

Dunno if he's guilty do we?

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Fri 25 Nov 2016, 8:06 pm

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Fri 25 Nov 2016, 8:09 pm

Con 7-7 Car, after 27mins.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Fri 25 Nov 2016, 8:12 pm

Nige warning to both teams for chopsing.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Fri 25 Nov 2016, 8:23 pm

Fish fecked. Bollux.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Fri 25 Nov 2016, 8:27 pm

Cardiff scrum destroyed there. A simple 3 points for the Craggy islanders who lead 10-7 at the interval.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Fri 25 Nov 2016, 9:47 pm

Smegging lost 18 smegging 7.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by wayne on Fri 25 Nov 2016, 9:51 pm

Cardiff Dave wrote:
wayne wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
ScarletSpiderman wrote:Dai, both Hadleigh and Landman will be WQ at the end of the season (or Xmas 2017 for sure)

Almost Welsh then.
Too Welsh for comfort possibly, but there again will he ever get the call?

Oi Dave when is your Georgian biter going to be sentenced? thought he was up before the bench yesterday.

Dunno if he's guilty do we?

Well your coach thinks so, he didn't query the red card, just that he was retaliating to something else.

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Post by wales606 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 7:30 pm

It's okay everyone.

All is good.

Everything will be okay now.

He is back

http://www.cardiffblues.com/news/8550.php#.WDx-vWXPw6g

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Post by Griff on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 7:37 pm

I always rated Nicky Robinson. I know he was a bit (lot?!) inconsistent but he was a very good attacking fly half. Could create some lovely stuff and break the line very well. Not sure he's up to pro rugby now though?!

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Post by wales606 on Mon 28 Nov 2016, 7:44 pm

Griff wrote:I always rated Nicky Robinson. I know he was a bit (lot?!) inconsistent but he was a very good attacking fly half. Could create some lovely stuff and break the line very well. Not sure he's up to pro rugby now though?!

Imagine he will be bench warming, maybe play in the Anglo-Welsh.

Like the look of the scrumhalf though, he might get more time while Lloyd is away with Wales.

Will be good to have Anscombe and Lloyd back next week, they didn't play on the weekend so should slot back in for a must-win game against Ulster.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Tue 29 Nov 2016, 9:42 pm

wales606 wrote:It's okay everyone.

All is good.

Everything will be okay now.

He is back

http://www.cardiffblues.com/news/8550.php#.WDx-vWXPw6g

Crikey!
Need Ben Blair back now to do the kicking.

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Re: Cardiff Blues 2016/2017

Post by wayne on Wed 30 Nov 2016, 9:40 am

wayne wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
wayne wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
ScarletSpiderman wrote:Dai, both Hadleigh and Landman will be WQ at the end of the season (or Xmas 2017 for sure)

Almost Welsh then.
Too Welsh for comfort possibly, but there again will he ever get the call?

Oi Dave when is your Georgian biter going to be sentenced? thought he was up before the bench yesterday.

Dunno if he's guilty do we?

Well your coach thinks so, he didn't query the red card, just that he was retaliating to something else.

6 weeks for biting Rob McCusker, good enough for him, and as I said there was no doubt that he had perpetrated the disgusting act, just whether he was provoked. Which is irrelevant you just don't bite.

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Post by munkian on Wed 30 Nov 2016, 12:13 pm

wales606 wrote:
Griff wrote:I always rated Nicky Robinson. I know he was a bit (lot?!) inconsistent but he was a very good attacking fly half. Could create some lovely stuff and break the line very well. Not sure he's up to pro rugby now though?!

Imagine he will be bench warming, maybe play in the Anglo-Welsh.

Like the look of the scrumhalf though, he might get more time while Lloyd is away with Wales.

Will be good to have Anscombe and Lloyd back next week, they didn't play on the weekend so should slot back in for a must-win game against Ulster.

Well hopefully that wont ever be an issue again.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Wed 30 Nov 2016, 7:25 pm

wayne wrote:
wayne wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
wayne wrote:
Cardiff Dave wrote:
ScarletSpiderman wrote:Dai, both Hadleigh and Landman will be WQ at the end of the season (or Xmas 2017 for sure)

Almost Welsh then.
Too Welsh for comfort possibly, but there again will he ever get the call?

Oi Dave when is your Georgian biter going to be sentenced? thought he was up before the bench yesterday.

Dunno if he's guilty do we?

Well your coach thinks so, he didn't query the red card, just that he was retaliating to something else.

6 weeks for biting Rob McCusker, good enough for him, and as I said there was no doubt that he had perpetrated the disgusting act, just whether he was provoked. Which is irrelevant you just don't bite.

Did he have him by the bollux?

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Post by Stone Motif on Wed 30 Nov 2016, 9:26 pm

You'd have to be tamping to bite a North Walian, let alone one that's been sh3t-kicking around Swansea. Hepatitastic

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Post by wales606 on Sat 03 Dec 2016, 5:47 pm

Abject sh*t from the Blues against Ulster.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Sun 04 Dec 2016, 12:38 pm

wales606 wrote:Abject sh*t from the Blues against Ulster.

"Diabolical" apparently. Or was that the Dregs?
Will watch the replay Monday, on S4C.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Sun 04 Dec 2016, 7:49 pm

wales606 wrote:Abject sh*t from the Blues against Ulster.

The BBC Radio Ulster match commentary was amusing and confusing for some regionalites I bet.
It was Cardiff this and Cardiff that mostly with a "men in blue and black" thrown in for good measure.
Made me giggle anyway as did ChumV this evening.

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Post by Cardiff Dave on Sun 04 Dec 2016, 8:02 pm

Nice stuff from Nicky Robinson shown on ChumV highlights. Apart from the charge down of course. Should see Cardiff scoring lots of tries in the very near future with him alongside the two exciting centres. Marvelous.

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