Cardiff Blues 24 - 35 Montpellier

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Cardiff Arms Park

Date: 09/12/2012 KO: 12:45

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Cardiff Blues

PenaltiesPatchell (3, 12, 22, 34, 42, 69, 70)Drop GoalsPatchell (28)

24
vs
35

Montpellier

TriesBerard (30) Gorgodze (64) Nagusa (78)ConversionsPaillaugue (31)PenaltiesPaillaugue (9, 17, 25, 39, 63, 73)

FT (ht: 15-19)

  • Last Updated: December 7 2012, 15:41 GMT

Cardiff Blues are without several key players as they look for a first win in the Heineken Cup this season against Montpellier on Sunday.

Sam Warburton: Starts for Cardiff Blues
Sam Warburton: Starts for Cardiff Blues

Phil Davies' side narrowly lost to Sale in round one with a 34-33 defeat, before suffering a heavy loss in Dublin to champions Leinster.

Selection for the match has been restricted with a number of Cardiff players picking up injuries over recent weeks.

Leigh Halfpenny, Jamie Roberts and Bradley Davies all suffered medium-term injuries while on international duty with Wales.

Michael Paterson, Dan Fish, Andi Kyriacou and Tom James all suffered injuries in the last two matches against Zebre and the Ospreys.

Cardiff Blues: 15 Jason Tovey, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Gavin Evans, 12 Dafydd Hewitt, 11 Harry Robinson, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Andries Pretorius (c), 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 James Down, 4 Lou Reed, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Marc Breeze, 1 Sam Hobbs.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Williams, 17 Tafa'ao Filise, 18 Benoit Bourrust, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Robin Copeland, 21 Lewis Jones, 22 Ceri Sweeney, 23 Owen Williams.

Montpellier: tbc

What they said...

Cardiff's director of rugby Phil Davies

"Only a fortnight ago things were looking very positive for us, when we were welcoming back some key players," said Davies. "However, we have been extremely unfortunate to pick up a raft of injuries in the last few weeks.

"It is frustrating that we cannot select from a full strength squad for these crucial matches, but on a positive note, it gives a chance for some of our other players to step up and show what they can do."


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