Danny Wilson’s men were hugely frustrated to close the game out against the Irish province at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park last week and know they are now in a major battle to finish in the all-important top six.
Wilson had targeted three wins from four in the current block of Championship matches and after losing the first he insists there is now only one option.
That all begins with the visit of Treviso, whom the Blues beat 34-28 at Stadio di Monigo earlier this season. Wales’ Capital Region have won their last three matches against Italian opposition and have never fallen to Treviso on home soil.
Wilson has made five changes to the side that started against Connacht with Alex Cuthbert, Steve Shingler and George Earle all returning following international duty, injury and suspension respectively.
Taufa’ao Filise also replaces Anton Peikrishvili in the front row and with Sam Warburton remaining in Wales’ Six Nations camp and both Ellis Jenkins and Josh Navidi sidelined, Sion Bennett starts in the number seven jersey.
What they said
Danny Wilson said:
"Connacht was a very big and important game for us and we didn't do ourselves justice. We let our supporters down and didn't give a performance that justified trying to get in the top six.
"I'm looking for a response from everybody involved, a performance at home that gets us a win and one that gives us and our supporters something to be more proud of than last weekend.
"Hopefully we can do that moving into a tough couple of games - Edinburgh away and Munster at home.
"It's plain and simple, we need to win our next three games to have any chance of finishing in the top six which is, and will remain, our long-term goal."
Kristian Dacey said:
“We have to get a win – there is no other option for us after last weekend. We let ourselves down and we let our fans down.
“This week we need a big win for everyone.
“Treviso will be big blokes and they will be in the game from start to finish. They are never-say-die blokes so we have to stick to our structures and move them around the park.”