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Cardiff Blues desperate to repeat silverware success - Turnbull

Blues News | 25th March 2019


After tasting European success in the Challenge Cup last season, Josh Turnbull insists the Cardiff Blues squad are hungry to pick up silverware for a second consecutive campaign.

With three games remaining of the Guinness PRO14 regular season, the race for a quarter-final spot is set to go down to the wire, as Wales’ Capital Region currently sit level on points with third-placed Connacht.

John Mulvihill’s side remained in the hunt as they took maximum points from Friday’s derby against Scarlets at the Arms Park.

Turnbull was delighted with his side’s momentous performance against the west Wales outfit but insists his side will continue to concentrate on one game at a time and 

“It was great to win the Challenge Cup last season but now we want to take a step further in the Guinness PRO14,” said the Welsh international.

“It’s an important win over Scarlets, no doubt, but it’s important that we concentrate on each game as they come and as a group we’re excited to face Munster in a couple of weeks.

“We're excited for the run-in but that's why we have to take each game at a time and not look too far to Connacht and Ospreys.

“Before the game on Friday, we knew that we had to turn up and perform as a team. It was always expected to be an exciting game and we knew that we had to have a strong start and we managed to do that.

“It was good to see the work we did on the training ground come off out on the pitch. We expected them to bring line speed in defence and knew we had to find a way to play around that.

“Jarrod Evans was excellent and managed to put the other backs in space throughout the game.

“Even when we were 38-points up at half time, we knew the Scarlets had quality to introduce from their bench and boys like Ken Owens, Rob Evans and Gareth Davies are game-changers.

“The scrums became a little bit messy towards the second half, which suited us as it ate up the time on the clock.

“I thought our defence was brilliant, and we can be happy that we denied Scarlets from coming away with a bonus point at the end.”

Turnbull crossed the whitewash against his former side as Cardiff Blues blitzed Wayne Pivac's side with five tries in the first half.

The utility forward, who was a member of Wales' Six Nations-winning squad, was delighted to get over the white line and admits the friendships between members of each side makes the win all the more sweeter. 

Turnbull said: "I was just being lazy by sticking on the right, but thankfully Owen Lane carried the ball hard and managed to release the ball out of the tackle. He did all the hard work!

"Over the last few weeks, the likes of Samson Lee and Rob Evans have been talking the Scarlets up.

"It’s quite nice to be able to keep them quiet for a bit and get some bragging rights."