The second Cardiff derby of the BUCS Super Rugby season takes place tonight at the Arms Park with University meeting Metropolitan, 7pm kick-off.
It’s a huge game for both teams in the penultimate game of the regular season, as both are in key battles but at opposite ends of the league.
Uni are currently ninth in the ten team table, looking over their shoulders at Northumbria who are three points back but have a game-in-hand. Although Northumbria have to go away to Met and Loughborough in two of their three remaining games, Uni will be keen to get points on the board with a home game against second place Exeter next week.
You have to go back to round two for the last time Uni emerged from a fixture victorious, over relegation rivals Northumbria on that occasion, but two losing bonus points in the last three games are cause for optimism that they can be competitive.
Met, on the other hand, currently sit fourth in the league and know that a win over their city rivals will secure a home tie in the end of season play-offs.
There is also an opportunity to move up to third in the table ahead of Leeds Beckett, despite suffering defeat at their hands last week, with the Yorkshire side going away to table topping Durham and then Bath next week, while Met finish away at bottom side Northumbria.
When the two sides faced each other before Christmas at the Arms Park it was a tense affair, with Met clinching a close 17-24 victory thanks to a strong second half showing, and tonight’s game is set to be as well-contested despite the differing form.