Cardiff Blues vs Pau

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Challenge Cup – Follow the Rugby match between Cardiff Blues and Pau live with Eurosport. The match starts at 13:00 on 21 April 2018. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.

Cardiff is in for cacophony this weekend as a huge encounter looms in the European Challenge Cup semi-finals.

The in-form Cardiff Blues welcome French side Pau to the Arms Park and are in the final four for the first time since the 2009-10 season, when they went on to lift the trophy.

The Blues though come up against a team who are as yet undefeated in the Challenge Cup this season and finished as the best qualifier from the pool stages with 29 points.

Pau also have good pedigree in the competition having lifted the trophy in 2000, and beat Stade Francais 35-32 to reach the semi-final this year.

Crucially, Danny Wilson’s side beat Pau home and away in last season’s pool stage and have been in excellent form in the Guinness PRO14 with a big win over the Southern Kings last week.

With that title back in 2010 the Blues became the first Welsh region to claim European silverware, can they take another step to repeating those glories this weekend?

TEAM NEWS

Young Blues fly-half Jarrod Evans is rewarded for his excellent spring form with the fly-half shirt whilst Gareth Anscombe will dictate play from full-back.

Owen Lane starts over Blaine Scully on the wing whilst the Blues front row is made up by Gethin Jenkins, Kristian Dacey and Anton Peikrishvili.

For Pau, Colin Slade misses out with a thigh tear but former Wasps wing Frank Halai is fit to start.

All Black great Conrad Smith is at outside centre whilst Ben Mowen is in the back row alongside former England man Steffon Armitage.

TALKING POINTS

Cardiff Blues fly-half Jarrod Evans: “The semi-final is going to be a massive occasion and, as a team, we’ll always back ourselves, especially at home,” said the 21-year-old, who has scored 32 points for the Blues in this season’s competition.

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