‘We will pick ourselves up’ – Turnbull

Date published: October 11 2016

Cardiff Blues flanker Josh Turnbull says they need to pick themselves up in the Challenge Cup after consecutive defeats in the PRO12.

Danny Wilson's men got off to a flying start with four straight victories over Edinburgh, Munster, Glasgow Warriors and Zebre. But they have suffered defeats to Leinster and regional rivals Ospreys in the last two weeks.

The Blues travel across the Severn Bridge to take on rivals Bristol Rugby at Ashton Gate on Friday night, and Turnbull is hoping the Challenge Cup can bring out the best in his teammates.

"We have Monday to look back at where we went wrong against Ospreys and then we'll start the work on the training ground, ready for Bristol in Europe next weekend," Turnbull told Epcrugby.com.

"We'll be looking at what we've done well in the previous matches and develop that back into our game before the test we face on Friday.

"I think we have a good chance in Europe. There are going to be some great games against all three teams, but we have to assess ourselves on Monday to make sure we get back to winning ways at Bristol."

Cardiff shipped seven tries in a 46-24 defeat to regional derby defeat at the Ospreys on Friday night. And club captain Gethin Jenkins reckons a change of focus in the Challenge Cup could be exactly what the Blues need.

He said: "We had a good start to the season, we knew that last week and this week would be the toughest games and we have come up short.

"We look forward to a break from the PRO12 now and going into the European competition, we will get our heads onto that. It's a change from the usual, we will pick ourselves up, after doing a lot of work, and look forward to the game."