With anticipation reaching fever pitch, the fourth instalment of Welsh Rugby’s Judgement Day is almost here, and with over 65,000 tickets sold so far it seems set to be a great festival of rugby at the national stadium.
Game one sees Blues take on Ospreys, whom they haven’t beaten since 2010. With both sides aiming to claw their way into the top six, this should be a cracker of a contest. Key injuries for Ospreys see them without stars Justin Tipuric and Alyn Wyn Jones, although Dan Lydiate starts at No.8. He’ll need to be at his defensive best, as he faces the dynamic trio of Sam Warburton, Ellis Jenkins and Josh Navidi, as well as my player of the season, Josh Turnbull. Ospreys start with Dan Biggar, and have the superb Sam Davies on the bench in case they opt to play for territory in the closing stages. Blues have scored some scorching tries recently, playing with real width, but will be without the brilliant playmakers Rhys Patchell and Lloyd Williams.
Game two sees the return of Dragons’ young centre Jack Dixon, replacing the injured Tyler Morgan. Dragons will be determined to put on a show at a packed-out Principality Stadium, and put to bed their worst ever run of league results. Scarlets, meanwhile, have top four ambitions, and welcome back the superb Scott Williams. With an extremely powerful front-row, the Scarlets will be looking to dominate in the scrum, although I feel the Dragons have enough in the tank to produce one more upset this season, and it just may happen tomorrow.
All in all, it should be an awesome day in Cardiff tomorrow. I’ll be sure to get a few snaps on here!