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Cardiff Blues can head to Cork with confidence says Dacey

Blues News | 3rd April 2019


Kristian Dacey insists Cardiff Blues can travel to Munster with confidence, following a fine run of form in the Guinness PRO14.

John Mulvihill's side have secured three consecutive victories in the Championship, including a stunning bonus point win over rivals Scarlets, and are neck-and-neck with Connacht in the fight for third place with three games remaining.

Wales' Capital Region head to Cork on Friday to take on Johann van Graan's Munster side who currently sit in second place in Conference A and have booked their place in the Heineken Champions Cup semi final.

Dacey, who stands in as captain in the place of injured skipper Ellis Jenkins, has been encouraged by his side's form in recent weeks and believes the squad's previous experience of winning in Munster gives them a boost heading into Friday's crucial encounter.

"We have to be confident because we’ve had some really big results over the last few games," said the hooker.

"As a group, we have to go out there to express ourselves because that’s what we’ve been doing towards the tail-end of the season.

"We know we have the capability to go out there and win and we’ve spoken about the rewards on-hand if we manage to do that.

"We’ve had some good results out there and have gone there and won a few times, so it’s nothing new.

"There’s a few of us who know what it takes to get a win out there and it will come down to hard work. Hopefully we can start big and carry that tone throughout the full 80 minutes.

"Our destiny is in our hands. It’s all exciting at the moment and we’re full of confidence and ready to go."

 

Munster secured their place in the final four of Europe's top table in a gruelling battle against Edinburgh on Saturday, coming out with a hard-fought 17-13 victory at BT Murrayfield.

Dacey insists the squad's focus is entirely on the clash at Irish Independent Park and hopes the artificial surface will allow the Cardiff Blues backs to flourish once agian.

The Welsh international said: "We’re not where we want to be yet. We’re fourth in the Conference and to look any further than the next game would be wrong.

"We want to take every game as it comes and if we can beat Munster it would put us in a good place to go out to Connacht. It could be a winner-takes-all out in Galway.

"It’s about going to Cork and getting the result we need and then we can look further than that.

"Their quarter final win over Edinburgh was a brutal affair, but it showed what Munster are about as a team.

"They may have a few knocks, but we’re all rugby players at the end of the day and you want to play against the best teams.

"Hopefully they’ll have their big dogs involved, and we’ll have a decent side so hopefully we can go there and it will be a big battle.

"We’ve got the artificial pitch back home which can unleash our backs to be dangerous.

"It’ll be an interesting and fast game and we want to go out there, bring the right energy and the right desire to get the ‘W’."