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Robinson relishing PRO14 opportunity

Blues News | 11th April 2019


Olly Robinson has called on Cardiff Blues to grasp the opportunity with both hands as they gear up for crucial Guinness PRO14 clash with Connacht.

The Blues must beat the Irish province to keep their hopes of reaching the PRO14 play-offs for the first time alive.

They currently trail the Galway-based province by four points but a victory at the Sportsground will see them edge back into the top three.

And Robinson, who tops the competition’s turnover count, is relishing the challenge ahead and urged his teammates to leave nothing on the pitch.

He said: “They are all big games when it comes to the end of the season, things start to matter and it’s exciting that both us and Connacht have something on the line because it makes for a really good spectacle.

“This is why we play rugby, to play these big games and as a side in recent history we have had good experience in these one-off games, cup finals situations - it’s exciting.

“Our aim now is to get into the play-offs, and we’d be very disappointed if we don’t.

“We had a few games at the start of the season where we should have picked up more points than we did, but we’ve put ourselves in this position now and it’s in our hands to go and get into those play-offs.

“It’s important that we take the opportunity and don’t die wondering. We go in, give our best and make sure this season is successful for us.”

Wales’ Capital Region have won their last three fixtures against Connacht, who are on a three-match winning streak, and a trip to Galway remains a daunting proposition.

Typically, strong winds are forecast to batter the Sportsground and while Robinson admits the Blues will have to adapt their recent playing style, he is confident they have the personnel.

He added: It will be dictated a lot by the wind, obviously the forecast isn’t great, and we will have to adapt the way we play.

“We always want to control possession and there are different ways and times of doing that.

“There are times to look for more territory and there’s times to keep the ball, it’s about not playing too much but not giving them the opportunity to play against us. It’s about managing where you kick, the right times to kick and the right types of kick and Gareth, Tomos, Lloyd and Jarrod are all very good at that. We have four really good guys in place there to help us be successful this week.”