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Cardiff Arms Park crowd can make the difference - Evans

15th April 2018

Jarrod Evans believes the Cardiff Arms Park crowd can be the difference between winning and losing ahead of Saturday's Challenge Cup semi final clash against Pau.

The outside half has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign for Cardiff Blues, and picked up his second Guinness man-of-the-match award in three games as he steered his side to a bonus point win over Southern Kings on Saturday, securing a place in next season's Champions Cup.

Evans believes the Blues can be confident heading into the semi final clash, and is looking forward to a memorable occasion at the Welsh capital.

"The semi final is going to be a massive occasion and as a team we’ll always back ourselves, especially at home," said Evans. 

"A lot of teams don’t like visiting the Arms Park, it’s got a fast track and hopefully we’ll get a big crowd there.

"The crowd can genuinely be the difference between a win and a loss so hopefully we’ll get a big turn out and we can go on to secure a place in Bilbao."

Danny Wilson's side ran in seven tries as they finished their South African trip in style against Southern Kings, with Evans contributing 10 points from the tee.

The former Wales Under-20 international was delighted to see his side's game-plan working effectively at Port Elizabeth as they sealed their place on Europe's top table with one PRO14 game to spare.

Evans said: "It was a really good win for us. As we know, Cardiff Blues haven’t been in the Champions Cup for a few years so that’s a great achievement, and now we’re looking forward to move on to the semi final on Saturday.

"We knew that Southern Kings can be a dangerous side, and they proved that against Munster last week where they pushed them really close for 60 minutes.

"I thought we started the game with real intent and pretty much set-up from there.

"It was really pleasing to see a lot of the things we’ve been working on during the week come off, and the forwards were immense.

"But it’s time to rest up ahead of the journey back to Wales and get ourselves ready for a huge game at the Arms Park against Pau.

"I’ve been glad to get the starting spot at outside half recently, because there’s a real tough competition for it here. It’s been nice to have a bit of consistency, and from that the confidence will come."

Cardiff Blues face Pau in the semi-finals of the European Challenge Cup on Saturday, April 21 (1pm) at the Arms Park. Tickets are available now and can be bought by clicking here or calling 029 20 302030.