Preview: Cardiff Blues v Glasgow

Date published: September 12 2014

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New Zealand international lock Jarrad Hoeata is set to make his Cardiff Blues debut when the region face Glasgow in the PRO12 on Sunday.

New Zealand international lock Jarrad Hoeata is poised for his Cardiff Blues debut when the region face Glasgow Warriors in the PRO12 on Sunday.

Second row enforcer Hoeata, a recruit from the Highlanders in Super Rugby, is one of three changes made by rugby director Mark Hammett.

Former Wales Sevens captain Adam Thomas, who previously represented Blues in 2011 in the LV= Cup, makes his first start of the season at full back, with Dan Fish moving to the left wing.

Scrum-half Lewis Jones comes into the starting line-up to join Rhys Patchell, who shone with 21 points in the victory over Zebre last weekend, to form a new-look half back partnership.

Powerhouse prop Taufa'ao Filise makes a return among the replacements alongside Richard Smith.

Scott Andrews is also named on the bench and if he features will make his 100th appearance for Cardiff Blues.

“All the players and backroom team are excited about launching our home campaign as we look to build on an encouraging victory over Zebre in Italy last Sunday,” said Hammett.

“It's important we make our home a tough place for the opposition to visit this season. Turning your home into a real fortress is always your goal.

“As an entire squad we have got to buy into that ethos and ambition. We go out and leave everything on the pitch and nothing to chance.

“Glasgow were exceptional on the first weekend and I felt should have won by a bigger margin at home to Leinster. It's a big challenge for us, but it is one we are relishing as we look to build on last weekend's game in Italy.”

Meanwhile, Sean Lamont returns to the Warriors starting XV after coming off the bench in last weekend's victory at home to Leinster. He will replace Lee Jones on the left wing.

Peter Murchie continues at full-back and Tommy Seymour occupies the right wing berth.

Mark Bennett and Alex Dunbar continue at centre, Peter Horne starts at fly-half and Henry Pyrgos is once again named at scrum-half.

In the pack, Alex Allan has been given the nod at loosehead for the second consecutive game, with Pat MacArthur replacing Fraser Brown at hooker and Rossouw de Klerk coming in for Euan Murray at tight-head to complete the front-row.

Tim Swinson replaces Leone Nakarawa in the second-row and he'll partner Jonny Gray.

It's the same back-row which started last week, with Rob Harley, Chris Fusaro and captain Josh Strauss all selected.

After missing last week's game through injury, Duncan Weir and DTH van der Merwe have been named among the replacements.

Form: Cardiff Blues have won five of their last six encounters in the Guinness PRO12, the defeat coming at the Scarlets in round 21 last season. Blues have won their last two home games in the tournament but have not won three in a row on home turf since February 2011. Glasgow Warriors have won their last nine regular season matches in the PRO12 since Leinster defeated them at the RDS Arena in March. Last season the Warriors won three of their four visits to Wales in the tournament, only missing out on a clean sweep by the narrowest of margins against the Dragons at Rodney Parade in round 15. The Warriors have won their last six PRO12 encounters against the Blues, however the Welshmen were victorious in both clashes in the European Cup last season.

The teams:

Cardiff Blues: 15 Adam Thomas, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Cory Allen, 12 Gavin Evans, 11 Dan Fish, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Lewis Jones, 8 Manoa Vosawai, 7 Sam Warburton, 6 Josh Turnbull, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Matthew Rees (c), 1 Sam Hobbs.
Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Taufa'ao Filise, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Macauley Cook, 20 Josh Navidi, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Gareth Davies, 23 Richard Smith.

Glasgow: 15 Peter Murchie, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Peter Horne, 9 Henry Pyrgos, 8 Josh Strauss (capt), 7 Chris Fusaro, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Pat MacArthur, 1 Alex Allan.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 19 Leone Nakarawa, 20 James Eddie, 21 Niko Matawalu, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 DTH van der Merwe.

Date: Sunday, September 14
Kick-off: 16:00 BST
Venue: Cardiff Arms Park
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Wayne Davies (Wales), Jon Mason (Wales)
Television match official: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)

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