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Jenkins targets more consistency ahead of crucial end-of-season play-offs

16th April 2017

Ellis Jenkins has called for Cardiff Blues to show more consistency, following yesterday's enthralling victory over Ospreys at Judgement Day V.

The back row put in a man-of-the-match display at the Principality Stadium, contributing heavily in the contact area all afternoon and setting up the platform for his side to score five tries.

Jenkins believes the challenge for his side is to carry momentum from Saturday’s match, as well as recent impressive performances against the likes of Ulster and Leinster, as they prepare themselves for an end-of-season play-off for the opportunity to qualify for next season’s European Champions Cup.

“The frustrating is we’ve shown what we can do but we’ve not been able to do that every week, and that’s definitely the challenge for us going forward,” said the Wales international.

“We’ve gone up against the Ospreys, who are one of the best sides in the championship and put a performance in like that but we’ve been so inconsistent all season it’s a case of what could’ve been, I suppose.

“The gameplan was obviously working, but we’ve had a tendancy to go away from it and think that after we’ve scored that we move to something else. But if you’re scoring and it’s working you need to keep doing it until the opposition find a solution, and that’s what we did.

“I thought our half backs controlled the game really well and we have some really dangerous runners with our two boys in the centre and in the back three. 

“That’s the most pleasing thing for me is that we stuck to what we planned all week and it paid off.

“You’ve got a couple of performances early in the season, where we showed glimpses such as going to Munster away, Glasgow at home and even Leinster home, which was the first game we lost. We went to Ospreys and came apart so it’s nice to put that right.

“Our challenge is to finish strong and build momentum going into the play-off. 

“We’re definitely there but it’s still to decide who we come up against, so we need to continue our performances from the past couple of weeks going into Zebre and Dragons and then whoever we face in the play-off it will a tough game whether we play an English or a French team.”

Jenkins also insists his side were highly motivated for the derby fixture against Steve Tandy’s side and praised the sense of occasion that the Judgement Day spectacle creates.

“It’s easy to raise yourself for Welsh derbies. You’re playing against competition for national selection and boys you’ve grown up playing with and against. 

“The crowd today proved what an occasion it can be, I think if everyone can get behind it. 

“The quality of rugby on show today, it was a great game to be a part of and a lot of fans have said how enjoyable a game it was to watch. We always appreciate the home support and hopefully we can get the same against Zebre.”