Patchell demands big performance

Date published: February 18 2016

Cardiff Blues fly-half Rhys Patchell has rallied his troops to return to winning ways on home soil when they take on Leinster on Saturday.

The Blues lost to Treviso in Italy last weekend while the Irish side thumped Zebre in Dublin, meaning the two teams enter in different moods.

That poor result left Cardiff Blues sitting in ninth place, just six points ahead of the Dragons, as Patchell looks ahead to a big PRO12 match.

"Our home form has been pretty good this year," he told the region's website. "When we've been at the Arms Park, one game apart, we have produced. We need to get back to basics, be clinical and build on our home performances now.

"Treviso was a big opportunity for us and we're bitterly disappointed we couldn't put them to the sword. We want to put that right.

"We've got a lot of home games and we may be reliant on other results, but if you're not striving to push up that table you might as well not come to work on Monday morning.

Patchell admitted the Treviso defeat was a tough one to take.

"On paper it looked like one of our best performances of the season in terms of possession and territory. We just need to finish opportunities – that's as simple as it gets," he said.

"Against Edinburgh we didn't get over the line and the same against Treviso. That is the focus and making sure that when we get opportunities we take them.

"Our build-up play and attacking shape is improving all the time, but we need to get back to where we were over Christmas and the New Year period and put that ball down.

"It's about being accurate and more diligent when we get in the scoring zone. We have been working hard at it; we've spoken about it and worked at it on the training field."

Leinster arrive in the Welsh capital eyeing top spot and sit in third position in the PRO12, and Patchell is expecting a fast-paced game on Saturday.

"I expect they will have some Ireland players back in so they will be like us in many ways," he added.

"They're a well-drilled side, like they have been for the last six or seven years, and Ben Te'o in the middle will be a big focal point for their attack.

"They also have width because they play a strong attacking game. On our pitch, with the good firm ground, I'm sure they will want to throw the ball around a bit."