Dai Young insists the Cardiff Arms Park crowd brings out the best of his side.
The Blue and Blacks return to their home later today for the first time in eight weeks, hosting Danny Wilson’s Glasgow Warriors side, who currently sit in third place in the United Rugby Championship table.
With perfect playing conditions expected for the 5.15pm kick off, Young has called on the home support to be Cardiff’s 16th man in a crucial league encounter.
“We’ve certainly had our best performances at home and our last performance was one of our best,” said the director of rugby.
“We want to get back to there quickly. Our away performances haven’t been where we want them to be.
“They certainly haven’t been at the same levels as our home performances, so that’s a disappointment.
“But we’re just thrilled to be back at the Arms Park against a very good team in Glasgow.
“Danny’s coming back as well and he’s well-known to the staff and players here. I’m sure Danny will want to come back here to get the ‘W’.
“We really need the support. It’s been fantastic here over the last couple of games. They really got behind the team and have come over in big numbers.
“It’s important to us that they are that 16th man, but we also have a job on the field to give them something to get on the edge of their seats for. They’re very important to us.”
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Cardiff will be in the hunt for their first win in four matches while Glasgow head into the clash on the back of a gritty derby win over Edinburgh - their sixth league win in seven.
With games in hand, the Blue and Blacks will be looking to make up ground in the table and Young insists his side can’t afford many more slip ups in the Championship.
“We’ve played less than other teams in the league but games in hand are only any good if you win them.
“We didn’t get anything out of the two games in South Africa, which was a disappointment so we need to start winning.
“If we want to get into the top eight we need to pick up games and if we’re honest we can’t afford to lose many more games.
“So our home games are huge for us, the Welsh derbies can always go either way and the form goes out of the window.
“We certainly need to win at home going into the derbies but every game we need to pick up points. Otherwise that top eight is going to start to be beyond us.
“Sometimes you have to find a way to win ugly, and that’s the measure of a good team, to get across the line.
“We’ve obviously looked at Glasgow pre-Six Nations and during the Six Nations, because there’s a big swing with players.
“We’ve been respectful as we always are with what they do, looking for trends and themes more than individuals. You don’t quite know who they’re going to play, similar to how they don’t know who we’re going to play.
“But we’ve probably spent a lot more time on ourselves this week than we would normally.
“We’ve highlighted some of the things we think they’re going to bring to the game. But the important thing for us this week is for us to play the game we want to play.”