Ref Watch: Adamson again at Ulster

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Friday night’s game between Cardiff Blues and Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium will be refereed by Scottish official Mike Adamson.

It will be the second time this season that the 35-year-old has taken charge of a Cardiff Blues game, having been in the middle for the opening round win over Southern Kings, showing yellow cards to Jarrod Evans, Nick Williams and Will Boyde, as well as one to Jerry Sexton of the opposition.

Altogether he has officiated seven matches involving the Cardiff Blues, resulting in four wins and nine yellow cards. Only the win in South Africa has come on the road though, with Adamson refereeing home wins in 71% of his Guinness Pro14 encounters.

He has previously been in the middle for the reverse of this fixture, when we beat Ulster 35-17 at the Arms Park back in March 2018, Jarrod Evans starring with 20 points that day.

The former Glasgow and Scotland Sevens scrum-half has refereed Ulster six times to date, with three wins, with four yellow cards and a red card coming from those games. It will be only his second visit to the Kingspan though, the previous seeing a 23-22 win over Benetton for the home side.

Adamson will be assisted by fellow Scotsman Dave Sutherland and Irish referee Sean Gallagher, with Neil Paterson from Scotland acting as the TMO.

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