2020-21 European Rugby Challenge Cup – London Irish vs Cardiff Blues Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is London Irish vs Cardiff Blues taking place? Friday 2nd April, 2021 – 17:30 (UK)

Where is London Irish vs Cardiff Blues taking place? Brentford Community Stadium, Brentford

Where can I get tickets for London Irish vs Cardiff Blues? Visit official club websites for ticket information

What television channel is London Irish vs Cardiff Blues on? BT Sport have the rights to televise European Rugby Challenge Cup matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream London Irish vs Cardiff Blues? If televised, BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

London Irish: 15 Tom Parton, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Theo Brophy Clews, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Albert Tuisue, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Matt Rogerson (c), 5 Rob Simmons, 4 George Nott, 3 Lovejoy Chawatama, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Will Goodrick-Clarke

Replacements: 16 Matt Cornish, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Chunya Munga, 20 Ben Donnell, 21 Sean O’Brien, 22 Ben Meehan, 23 Terrence Hepetema

Cardiff Blues: 15 Matthew Morgan , 14 Josh Adams, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Hallam Amos, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Josh Turnbull (c), 7 James Botham, 6 Josh Navidi, 5 Cory Hill, 4 Seb Davies, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Corey Domachowski

Replacements: 16 Liam Belcher, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dmitri Arhip, 19 Rory Thornton, 20 Olly Robinson, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Ben Thomas, 23 Jason Harries

THE PREDICTION

London Irish won a crazy 36-33 Premiership clash with in-form Bath on Saturday, taking full advantage of their visitors’ poor discipline late on against 13 men. The Exiles have been a force at their newly returned home this season and are going well in fifth place of the Premiership as they resume their current lead at the top of the Challenge Cup table. Irish have gone under the radar throughout this season and will be the likely favourites when they host a Cardiff Blues side on shaky foundations despite a two-match winning streak. The Pro14 side await news of next season’s Champions Cup format after finishing in the uncertain fourth place of Conference B but they did not play last weekend and should come up against a team in high spirits here. London Irish can make a bold statement by taking out one of four sides in the Challenge Cup with a 100% record here but it should be a close game. Take the Exiles to win a match that goes over 40 points.

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