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As long as we win our games we don't have to worry about Scarlets


Rodney Ah You and George Naoupu (left) in action during training at the Sportsground

Rodney Ah You and George Naoupu (left) in action during training at the Sportsground


Rodney Ah You and George Naoupu (left) in action during training at the Sportsground

Last weekend we got a bonus-point victory, so you can't ask for much more than that - other than a win against Cardiff Blues tonight of course.

On Sunday we set ourselves up in the first half - against the wind we scored 13 points and held Treviso to just one score.

Going into the second half we took a lot of confidence from how we had performed and we knew if we tightened up a few little areas we would put them to the sword.

It is nice to be in a game with 25 minutes to go not having to worry about the outcome because the game and the bonus point were in the bag at that stage.

It was great to be able to throw the ball around and have a bit of fun at the end - we don't often find ourselves in that scenario.

It was funny because we woke up on Sunday morning and it wasn't great outside, then snow started to fall around 11.0 and we thought it was going to be another slog.

Treviso had a big physical team with six forwards on the bench and I was just thinking, 'here we go - this is going to be a tough one'.

But thankfully, by the time the game kicked off, it wasn't even raining, which also doesn't happen too often unfortunately, but God was shining down on us on Sunday and we got lovely weather.

Then when we came out of the dressing-room after the game it was a downpour outside, so luckily we got our chance to play in the right conditions and we took full advantage of it.


We had been saying for a while that we wanted good conditions and it showed - seven tries is a great day's work really.

But we've parked that now and we need to focus on the bigger picture and Cardiff tonight.

There is a six-point gap back to Scarlets at the moment - we were disappointed with how things went against Scarlets a few weeks ago in what was one of our biggest games of the year.

We need to keep at it now and if we do they will find it hard to catch us. But we have a tough run-in because we play four of the top five teams, but we know what is ahead of us.

As long as we win our games, we don't have to worry about what Scarlets are doing. Cardiff tonight is so important.

This match is massive because it is just before the break; we targeted four wins in this block - we lost the first one but we are back on track now with two wins and let's hope we can make it three out of four for this block.

With things so tight at the top of the table it's funny because we are concentrating on cementing sixth place while Ospreys are probably thinking they need to get some results in order to pull away from us in fifth.

They have been on and off this season having looked very good at times and then other times they haven't looked at their best.

The gap is shortening there, we want to get closer to them and we don't want to be looking behind us but all of that depends on how tonight's game finishes up.

The fact that we are playing tonight and a lot of the teams don't play until tomorrow or even Sunday, it puts a bit of added pressure on them if we do get a result. But first and foremost we need to look after our own end of the deal.

The last time we played Cardiff it was a very difficult result for us to take - we should have won that game but we let them back into it and they got the draw, I had to hold my hand up after that one.

I have been told many times since that I should have opted for the kick and ultimately that was my decision as captain. At the time I felt I made the right call but it didn't work out that way.

So there is still a bit of a sour taste from that game, the fact that we felt we gave away two points on the day.

It is a big game for us and they will be looking to get further back on track after their fantastic win over Edinburgh last weekend - a team that had beaten us earlier in the year.

The change of coach and tactics in that win showed a different Blues side so it will be an interesting game. We have been in their situation before - you have a couple of bad results and then you get a good result and some momentum.

Our job is to put them under pressure this evening and so we are determined to go there, get the job done and make it three from three to put ourselves in the best position possible prior to the break.

Irish rugby in general is performing to the highest standards right now - we have the provinces doing so well in the Pro12 and the much talked about success of the national side in the Six Nations.

That win over England was straight out of the top drawer and it couldn't have gone much better for Ireland on the day, or for our own Robbie Henshaw.

People were saying he came of age in that match and really announced himself on the big stage.

But we have been seeing that natural talent in Robbie for some time now.

We were able to catch some of the game here before our own kick-off and all the lads were just so proud of him and it gave us a real boost before we went out on to the pitch.

Irish Independent