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Davies excited by Dragons clash

23rd December 2013 09:55


Phil Davies Cardiff Blues DOR 2013

Excited: Phil Davies

Cardiff Blues director of rugby Phil Davies expects the atmosphere at Rodney Parade to be "electric" when they face the Dragons on Thursday.

The Boxing Day derby clash will see both sides enter on the back of respective defeats but have been playing good rugby over recent weeks.

And with the possibility of moving above the Dragons in the PRO12 table being an added incentive, Davies is braced for a big game.

"It's going to be absolutely fantastic. It's a great place to go and the atmosphere will be electric, the fans will be bouncing off the ceiling there," he told the Blues website.

"Lyn (Jones) is doing a great job and they are in good form. We are playing well too and have had some results, we want to go there and continue that.

"It's going to be a great derby, I'm sure it will be a fantastic occasion, and we are all looking forward to it as we look to get back on the horse," he added.

"There was a lot of frustration in the dressing room after the Ospreys game. We played well but didn't quite put the nails in the box when we needed to.

"Dragons are highly organised and highly committed. With the crowd there too, we can expect massive intensity in the game.

"There have been a few really intense games of late and that maybe the most intense we have had for a while."

Davies also hopes for some positive news on the injury front ahead of the derby clash.

"We will see how we are after this game, but hopefully we can put a few back out there," he added.

"Rhys Patchell (leg) and Chris Dicomidis (shoulder) are not too bad so hopefully those two, in particular, will be okay."

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