Blues want PRO12 push

Date published: February 11 2015

Cardiff Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett is hoping to begin a strong finish to their PRO12 season when they face Munster on Saturday.

The Blues will travel the Irish Independent Park in Cork as they return to league rugby after time away for European and LV= Cup action.

And boss Hammett is eager for his team to hit the ground running as critical PRO12 games approach, starting against Munster this weekend.

"We move back into a competition in which, at times, we have played really well without getting the results. We don't want to be a 'so close' team and we have got to start getting some wins," he said.

"Our game has developed and we are happy with certain parts whereas other areas we need to continue to strengthen.

"We would like to have more width to our game and our communication and our intensity of communication needs to happen quicker and more often, particularly between forwards and backs.

"Those are the kind of small details that we hope will turn losing bonus points into wins."

Blues will name the starting line-up on Friday but have been buoyed by the news that Welsh duo Cory Allen and Kristian Dacey have been released back to the region from international duty.

"At this time of year, like everyone, there is a mixture with our team set-up with internationals away and we have got to manage that. We will name our team later this week to the players," added Hammett.

"The Six Nations doesn't change how we approach the game. We will send as strong a squad as we can and perform in a way we are proud of.

"We had a couple of guys with dead legs after the Leicester Tigers game, but we are expecting that they will be right, we will know later in the week."