URC: Cardiff v Edinburgh: Emiliano Boffelli returns

Chris Dean in line for 150th appearance for capital club off the bench

Emiliano Boffelli will make his first appearance for Edinburgh since the start of March against Cardiff this weekend. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Emiliano Boffelli will make his first appearance for Edinburgh since the start of March against Cardiff this weekend. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

EMILIANO BOFFELLI will return from a back injury to make his first appearance for Edinburgh since the start of March in tomorrow afternoon’s URC away clash against Cardiff.

The Argentinean has been named on the wing, with Wes Goosen being rewarded for his recent form, which included a man-of-the-match performance against Scarlets last Saturday, by being handed the No 15 jersey for the sixth consecutive week.

Boffelli’s return allows Matt Currie to shift from wing to outside-centre, meaning Mark Bennett drops to the bench this week.


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Meanwhile, international front-row trio Pierre Schoeman, Ewan Ashman and WP Nel all return to the starting XV after making an impact as half-time replacements last weekend, meaning Boan Venter, Dave Cherry and Javan Sebastian take on ‘bomb-squad’ duties on this occasion.

The other changes in the back see Scotland internationalists Sam Skinner and Hamish Watson return in the second-row and at openside flanker, respectively, meaning Jamie Hodgson misses out on the match-day 23, while Luke Crosbie switches to No 8 and Viliame Mata will provide a real burst of power off the bench.

Chris Dean will make his 150th appearance for the club when he comes off the bench.

“It’s great to welcome Boff back to the starting team,” said head coach Sean Everitt. “As we all know, he’s a true competitor and he’s been itching to get back fit and back into action. He returns to a really exciting and experienced back-three unit.

“We travel to Cardiff with plenty of momentum after that second-half performance against Scarlets. It’s now about maintaining those levels for 80 minutes. It’s imperative we start strong against a Cardiff side who are always dangerous at home.”

“A special mention to Chris Dean who is in line to make his 150th appearance from the bench,” added Everitt “He’s a proper Edinburgh man who puts his heart and soul into the club. Hopefully we can make it a positive day for Chris and his family watching at home.”

Edinburgh currently occupy the eighth and final play-off spot in the URC table but are only ahead of 11th placed Lions on ‘games won’ with four rounds left to play.

 

Edinburgh (v Cardiff at Cardiff Arms Park in the URC on Saturday @ 3.05pm): W Goosen; E Boffelli, M Currie, J Lang, D van der Merwe; B Healy, A Price; P Schoeman, E Ashman, W Nel, S Skinner, G Gilchrist  ©, J Ritchie, H Watsons, L Crosbie. Replacements: D Cherry, B Venter, J Sebastian, M Sykes, V Mata, B Vellacott, M Bennett, C Dean

Unavailable: Darcy Graham (groin), Jake Henry (hamstring), Robin Hislop (knee), Harry Paterson (ankle), Scott Steele (hip), Nathan Sweeney (groin), Glen Young (ankle).

 

Cardiff Rugby: C Winnett; H Millard, M Grady, B Thomas, T Cabango; T de Beer, G Bertranou; R Carré, L Belcher ©, K Assiratti, B Donnell, T Williams, A Mann, E Jenkins, M Martin. Replacements: E Lloyd, C Domachowski, C Parker, R Thornton, T Young, J Botham, E Bevan, J Beetham.


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4 Comments

  1. After the Edinburgh A game I had hoped to see the likes of Dodd, Muncaster, Rae and Douglas involved in the 23. Coach obviously thinks Cardiff will be a difficult game whereas we all know that Welsh rugby is really struggling.

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    • Alan,

      Do you actually follow the rugby results and performance of other teams. Cardiff almost beat Glasgow a few weeks back and also gave Munster a good game – both away. They are a good side and should not be underestimated. Not all the Welsh sides are bad – in fact both Cardiff and Ospreys are decent sides.

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      • I do and yes they are competitive but the Welsh teams fall away in the second halfs as they have no depth to their squads and their impact players dont make a impact. Every game with Edinburgh is questionable as they are so Jeckle and Hyde and without an obvious game plan apart from hoof the ball in the air from Price or Healey. Now and then we have glimpses of the potential like last weeks second half. It has just been a very frustrating season all round and I am ceetainly not convinced with the coaching team as we should be doing so much better but we revert back to type and play the same players over and over again although many have not been consistantly performing. Give others a chance to show what they have got!!!!

  2. Well excellent team, bar paterson and Darcy and it’s just about our strongest team.

    Looking forward to this one, will be critical and Cardiff are improving but surely we’re at the stage where a statement 5 point win is on the cards

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