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Best fans in PRO14 can enjoy best of Welsh rugby at JDVII - Mulvihill

Blues News | 25th April 2019


John Mulvihill believes Judgement Day is the perfect opportunity for the “best fans in the Guinness PRO14” to celebrate the best of Welsh rugby.

Cardiff Blues’ winner-takes-all tussle with Ospreys will headline another blockbuster Judgement Day at Principality Stadium on Saturday, as both sides look to seal their spot in the Heineken Champions Cup qualification play-off.

Having witnessed the national stadium in full flow during Wales' unbeaten autumn and Guinness Six Nations campaign, Mulvihill is excited to experience another memorable atmosphere at Judgement Day.

"We want to finish off as winners. We’ve been disappointed with the last couple of weeks away from home but to have this one in such a magnificent stadium, in front of a big crowd who will be supporting us, would be a great way to finish with a win," said the Cardiff Blues head coach.

"It’s good to see the fans being able to celebrate Welsh rugby at its best with the regions. There will be blue pockets all across the stadium, and it will be a day for them to enjoy.

"We’ve got the best fans in the competition and week-in, week-out they turn out and I’m sure they’ll turn up in numbers once again on Saturday.

"It will be a great celebration of Welsh rugby, and hopefully we can get a similar crowd to when Wales won the Grand Slam.

"I was here that day and it was electric. I’m sure if we can replicate some of that, it will be fantastic for everyone involved."

Mulvihill also emphasised the importance of the derby encounter, as his side look for pay-back following the defeat to Allan Clarke's side at Liberty Stadium earlier in the season.

The Australian added: "It’s a winner-takes-all, so whoever wins this game will finish fourth in the pool and will probably be the best Welsh region across the calendar year.

"It’s a game of massive significance for us, after tasting Heineken Champions Cup rugby this year, and we want to go back and player there again next year.

"It’s going to be fantastic. All four teams will want to go out there to win and it will be about the style of rugby on show for the fans. If it’s fantastic, it will be brilliant.

"We need to improve from the last time we faced Ospreys where they won down at Liberty Stadium.

"If we want to be the best performing Welsh region this year, we need to win this weekend.

"Winning is all we’ve been thinking about in our preparations, and it’s been going really well for us. We have the team run and the kickers’ session before the weekend, and we’ll cap the week off by gearing up for a massive Saturday night.

"The roof will be closed, the conditions will be nice and quick and hopefully our in-form guys out wide will find some space out there."