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Blues' strong start vital - Davies

05th December 2013 11:02


Cardiff Blues boss Phil Davies

Looking to build: Davies

Cardiff Blues director of rugby Phil Davies has urged his charges to build on their famous Heineken Cup win over Toulon this weekend.

The Blues welcome Pro12 rivals Glasgow Warriors to the Arms Park on Friday, before travelling to Scotstoun for the return fixture seven days later.

Davies believes kicking off with a home win is of the highest importance.

"The next two weeks in the Heineken Cup will go a long way to deciding our European fate. It's vital we start strongly and get another crucial victory at the Arms Park," Davies told the

Blues website.

"Our win over Toulon will always live long in the memory. It was a famous day for our region. Now it is vital we build on that result because the pool is wide open after two games and every team is chasing top spot."

But the director of rugby is under no illusions with regards to the challenge facing his side.

"Glasgow are a good side and can be very direct," added Davies.

"They drive line-outs well and come around the corner with the big forwards. But they have also got good hard running backs and threatening half backs. It's a tough challenge.

"They are a club that have been getting better for a long time. Sean Lineen started it and Gregor Townsend has built on. If you look at the squad, they are packed with internationals and have been one of the top four teams in the Pro12.

"They have been consistent and are a tough team to beat. Over the last five or six years they have built it up and will now want to challenge in Europe.

"But we have prepared as well as we can and we have got to stop them playing and ensure we play ourselves. We are excited by the game and what we can achieve."

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