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Ellis issues Connacht warning

24th November 2016

Ellis Jenkins has warned Cardiff Blues that they can ill-afford to underestimate Connacht in the Guinness PRO12 on Friday night.

The reigning champions have struggled so far this season, winning just two games to date and the Blues have an impressive record at the Sportsground.

But Jenkins, who captains the Blues, is still very wary of the “very dangerous” Galway-based province, who will be determined to put their campaign back on track.

Jenkins said: “Connacht have obviously not had the best start to the season after last year but they’re still a dangerous team.

“They are special team and play from everywhere. Their ambition is incredible. It paid off last year and they’re still a very dangerous team. 

“They have struggled to hit their stride but we know how tough they can be and we won’t be underestimating them when we go out there.”

Wales’ Capital Region made a flying start to the season but slipped down the Championship table following a slender loss to Leinster and disappointing derby defeats to Ospreys and the Scarlets.

They got back to winning ways away to Benetton Treviso and following a two week period of recovery during the Anglo-Welsh Cup, Jenkins is re-engergised and ready to go.

He added: “It was good to freshen up and look after any bumps you had, get your shoulders and knees back to a stage where you can train fully and go out and perform to the best of your ability.

“We started the season really well and have maybe fallen off a little bit but in two European games and against Treviso we got back to winning ways.

“Many people see Treviso as an easy game but it’s not, lots of teams have come unstuck out there. 

“It’s somewhere we lost last year and we spoke at the beginning of the season about how we wanted to win quite a few games away from home.

“We’ve made a good start to the season away from home and this weekend will be another big test to see where we are.”