Dacey has eyes on European prize

Date published: January 23 2017

Cardiff Blues hooker Kristian Dacey is determined to get his hands on the Challenge Cup this year after qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Dacey opened the scoring for his side in the 37-21 victory over Bristol on Saturday, as Danny Wilson’s men booked a date with Gloucester.

The hooker insists European knockout rugby is important to the Welsh region and is looking forward to the upcoming fixture at Kingsholm.

“It is massive for the region. We have had a couple of years where we haven’t done anything – finished seventh in the league, knocked out of Europe in the group stages. It’s something for the fans as well, to have another away day. It’s knockout rugby, anything can happen on the day,” Dacey told Cardiff Blues‘ website.

“It’s something we can chase and it would be nice to win a trophy this year. Obviously we’ve been in the quarters in the past, against Dragons away.

“It’s going to be tough and the boys will have to front up. But we’ve got a handful of league games coming up then we can concentrate on Europe again.

“As a team we’ve got to aim high. You don’t play the game to finish second. Everyone dreams of winning the league and the cups so we’ve got to push ourselves as hard as we can.”