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Cardiff Blues have licence to express themselves at Glasgow insists Millard

10th January 2019

Harri Millard believes Cardiff Blues have a licence to express themselves as they travel to Glasgow for Sunday's Heineken Champions Cup encounter.

The centre made his European debut for the region in December’s defeat to English champions Saracens at Allianz Park.

The former Wales under-20 international is excited for the challenge ahead in Scotland as his side look to build momentum ahead of a crucial block of Guinness PRO14 fixtures, starting with Connacht’s visit to the Welsh capital on Saturday, January 26.

“The PRO14 is more important for us now so we want go up to Glasgow to express ourselves, and just make sure we put in a good performance because that’s our objective,” said Millard.

“Glasgow are a big threat to any team they come up against, not just us, and they will bring their best team, because they’ll be looking for all five points against us in order to stay in contention for the knockout stages.

“We’re working hard in training this week, and are determined to right-the-wrongs from the last couple of games we’ve faced them where we’ve lost twice.

“We’re trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together in training and hopefully that will lead to a good performance on Sunday.

“They always look to throw the ball around a bit, and use a lot of quick taps and quick line-outs and that will keep us on our toes.

“However, we hope to force them to make some errors and capitalise on those errors. You never know what can happen if we manage to do that.

“We’ve got a good, young team with Smiler leading from the front and we have plenty of experience dotted around as well. I’m looking forward to getting out there.”

The centre has recovered from a minor foot injury, and is in contention for Sunday’s clash, where he could face in-form Scotland international, Huw Jones.

The academy prospect is reaping the rewards of learning from Cardiff Blues centres, Willis Halaholo and Rey Lee-Lo, and hopes to challenge the duo for a starting spot in the near future.

Millard said: “I could come up against Huw Jones this weekend, and there’s also an opportunity to play against someone like Niko Matawalu, Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour.

“They’re exciting, attacking players who I’ve enjoyed watching over the years and I relish the challenge of facing those standard of players.

“For young players like myself, it’s always good to come up against top quality players. It’s a good challenge but you learn a lot from them as well.

“I’m lucky to also be able to learn from Willis and Rey in training and hopefully I can perform if I get my opportunity on the weekend.

“Both of them are world class and it’s great to train and play alongside them, but it’s important for myself to take my opportunity when it comes and take every game in its stride.

“Learning from those type of players day-in, day-out will hopefully lead me to be a better player in the next couple of years.”