It will be a big challenge for the Isuzu Southern Kings, as the Cardiff Blues have been more effective on attack and defence this season. The men from Port Elizabeth, however, will draw inspiration from the fact that the hosts have only scored two more tries than them this season.

That said, they will have to maintain their composure on defence as the Cardiff Blues have conceded half the number of tries in the last 16 matches. The Welshmen have been in solid form at home this season, where they suffered only one defeat by four points, which is a track-record they will be determined to keep intact.

That said, Deon Davids’ charges have challenged a number of teams at home and on tour thanks to their skilful attack and impressive finishing, and with speedsters Yaw Penxe and Bjorn Basson (who are among the top try scorers) and Masixole Banda (who is the fourth highest points scorer in the competition) in their ranks, the Cardiff Blues will not expect a walk in the park.

The Cardiff Blues won the previous and only encounter between the sides in Port Elizabeth 45-12 in April 2018.

Match Information:

Date: Saturday, 2 March

SA time: 21h35

Venue: Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Referee: Joy Neville (IRFU)

Assistant referees: Dan Jones (WRU) Mark Patton (IRFU)

TMO: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)