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Tuesday 25 November 2014

Bradley warning for Edinburgh

Michael Bradley has made four changes for Edinburgh's clash with Cardiff Blues
Michael Bradley has made four changes for Edinburgh's clash with Cardiff Blues

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley has warned his players that Cardiff Blues will be desperate to mark their return to Cardiff Arms Park with a victory.

With the Cardiff City Stadium hosting a football World Cup qualifier between Wales and Belgium, Blues will return to their former home, which they left in 2009, for the RaboDirect Pro12 clash on Friday night. Edinburgh were the last away team to win at the historic home of Welsh rugby and Bradley knows the Blues will be determined to avoid another home defeat.

Bradley said: "This match presents a big challenge for us as Cardiff will be making a big play of being back at the Arms Park. The players and fans will be very excited, and possibly a bit anxious, to get a home win at the old ground."

Bradley makes four changes, with Scotland props Allan Jacobsen and Geoff Cross starting in place of John Yapp and Willem Nel, and flanker Roddy Grant replacing the rested Ross Rennie. Centre John Houston comes in for the injured Ben Atiga, who aggravated a hip strain in the 23-18 defeat by Munster.

Fiji captain Netani Talei returns from a hamstring strain to take his place on the bench.

Tim Visser scored a hat-trick of tries against Munster last weekend and Bradley aims to build on the positives.

"I was happy with the strength of our set piece, the tenacity of our defensive breakdown, the established performances of some of our new players, and the scoring chances we created.

"I think that if we can build on that performance, be a bit more patient and smarter in other areas, then I believe we can come away with a valuable away win, and put our season on the right track."

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