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Jenkins ready to build PRO12 momentum

26th March 2015

Back row Ellis Jenkins has called on Cardiff Blues to keep building momentum in the Guinness PRO12 - and vowed the big Euro derby day with Newport Gwent Dragons is not yet on the agenda.

Cardiff Blues jet out later today as they prepare to face high-flying Ulster Rugby in the league at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday night (kick-off 7.35pm).

Jenkins is eager to keep hold of the number seven jersey for the encounter, after captaining Blues to the memorable late win over Connacht last time out.

And he knows the size of the task the team face against an Ulster team that could be buoyed by the return of a number of 6 Nations champions.

Jenkins said: “Ulster are a top team, who will likely be getting a few of the Ireland boys back from winning the championship.

“They will add a lot of momentum to the team and I’m sure they will be looking to build momentum going into the next few weeks; as we are.

“We have to focus on this week and not the European game. It is all good and well winning those two games recently, but if we lose this one the momentum is gone. We have to keep building game by game and take them as they come.

“Obviously the two Guinness PRO12 wins have started to help build momentum, the two weeks off probably came at the wrong time for us.

“But we have had a good week training last week and got a few boys back fit who were carrying niggles. We are really looking forward to this game now on Friday night and to keep that momentum going.”

Reflecting on the season to date, Jenkins is now determined that Blues show their true ability in the closing weeks of the campaign.

“We know we are good enough to beat the top teams and we were frustrated that we hadn’t shown that,” he added.

“We have been poor by own standards at times and it was just nice to play how we know we can and turn out a good win against Edinburgh and then one against a top Connacht team, that is a great result for us.

“People have bad games - it is part of game and part of the challenge is to ensure that happens as little as possible. You have to learn from your mistakes and not make those mistakes over and over again.

“We feel like we have done that a few times this year and we have maybe taken too long to learn from things and adapted, we know that as much as anyone else.

“We work so hard in the weeks so it’s frustrating then when we go out on the weekend and don’t do things we have spoken about doing.

“However, the second half of the Connacht game was definitely more of what we want. We know if we play how we train and stick to our guns we can challenge anyone.”