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Jones: We are coming together as a team

1st October 2014

Scrum half Lewis Jones insists Cardiff Blues are coming together as a team - and believes the region will click soon and secure a big win in the Guinness PRO12.

Blues head to Galway on Friday night to face Connacht (kick-off 7.35pm) as they aim to end a run of defeats to high flying Glasgow Warriors, Ulster Rugby and Leinster Rugby.

Jones, who has impressed in the opening four rounds of league action, revealed that plenty of work is going on during the training week as Blues look to secure a winning habit.

And the popular scrum half insists it is now just a matter of when the Blues click into top gear after a number of encouraging performances that have failed to yield points.

“We haven’t had the results we wanted yet, but we are coming together as a team,” he said.

“We are playing well but lapsing for ten minutes which is costing us. It’s not been the best of starts, we know that, but we are definitely building and getting better. I’m sure we will click soon.

“We have played the likes of Glasgow, Ulster and Leinster who are top four sides, but that is no excuse. If we want to be pushing up we have got to beat these teams.

“A loss is never a good thing, but the way we are building is exciting and I’m sure we will nail it.

“We are a new set-up with new coaches and players. Mark Hammett has had to adapt to us and we have got to adapt to him. It’s about timing now and getting it right.”

Jones has started the last three games for Blues and now rattled up 63 appearances for the region in all competitions over the last five seasons.

However, he is taking nothing for granted with the likes of Lloyd Williams, Tavis Knoyle and Tomos Williams all pushing for call-ups.

He said: “I’m happy with how I’m going. I have got Lloyd, Tavis and Tomos pushing me which is a good thing, I am improving my game a lot at the moment and enjoying it.

“I look up to the likes of Lloyd and Tavis, so to get the nod is good. But I have to stay on my toes.

“Connacht is not an easy place to go on Friday – it is always wet and windy,” he added. “It’s a tough place, but we had a good result there last year and the way we are playing and building, if we stick to where we are going we can get a result.”