Ref Watch: Frank the Tank

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Cardiff Blues meet Benetton at the Arms Park on Sunday, with Irish referee Frank Murphy taking charge of the Guinness Pro14 fixture.

The 38-year-old is a former scrum-half at the professional level having played for Munster, Connacht and Leicester Tigers, as well as representing Ireland U21 and Ireland A, before retiring in 2014 and taking up the whistle.

Murphy took charge of his first Guinness Pro14 game in November 2016, with this weekend seeing him referee his 32nd game in the competition, alongside 10 European Challenge Cup and five Heineken Champions Cup games.

In that time he has officiated nine Cardiff Blues games, resulting in five wins and four losses, with two of those losses coming in this season as we suffered defeat against Edinburgh and Scarlets, both at the Arms Park.

So far this season as whole Murphy has been in the middle for 12 games, seven home wins and five away games. He has shown 13 yellow cards and two red cards in that time.

On Sunday he will be assisted by Mike English from Wales and Rob O’Sullivan from Ireland, while Simon McDowell from Ireland will act as the Television Match Official.

Stats from cardiffrfcfans.com

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