Fortress CAP

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Cardiff Arms Park was more of a fortress than it’s been in three years this season, with Cardiff Blues and Cardiff RFC losing just a combined six games in league and cup competitions.

Altogether in the 2018/19 campaign, the famous old ground in the city centre of Wales’ capital saw 28 competitive games, hosting Guinness Pro14, Heineken Champions Cup, Principality Premiership and WRU National Cup games.

22 of those were won by the home side, as Cardiff RFC pushed Merthyr all the way for second in the top domestic competition in Wales, while Cardiff Blues were only let down by away form and defeats next door in the Principality Stadium in the quest for play-off rugby.

Tom Daley Cardiff RFC
Cardiff RFC’s home form was the platform for a successful season

It leaves Cardiff sides having won 78.5% of all competitive games at the Arms Park this season, including nearly 78% of Guinness Pro14 fixtures and a huge 86% of Principality Premiership games, and that’s without pre-season and friendly games against international opponents.

That stat is a marked increase from the 69% of games that were won by either Cardiff Blues or Cardiff RFC on the Arms Park in 2017/18, and is a huge improvement on the 57% of home wins the plastic surface saw in 2016/17.

For Cardiff RFC the key will now be maintaining that high level of performance as they look to compete for Premiership honours once again, while Cardiff Blues must retain consistency in home games and add the ability to pick up crucial points on the road, especially in a World Cup year.

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