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Cardiff Blues hungry to keep season alive - Williams

First Team News | 26th April 2019

Cardiff Blues are desperate to keep their season alive by winning at Judgement Day insists Lloyd Williams.

Wales’ Capital Region go toe-to-toe with Ospreys at Principality Stadium, with a place in the Heineken Champions Cup qualifying play-off up for grabs.

Williams, who played in the 2017 Judgement Day victory over the Swansea-based outfit, says his side are determined to bounce back from the defeat to Connacht and is expecting another memorable occasion at the national stadium.

“It’s not something we’ve spoken much about in the build-up, but a lot of the group have won here against Ospreys in the past,” said the scrum half.

“But our focus has all been about playing well as a team tomorrow and making sure it’s not our last game of the season.

“We have the opportunity to play in a brilliant stadium, with two really good teams going at it, so it should be a great occasion.

“The results over the last two games haven’t been ideal but we’ve performed well at times during those games.

“Conditions played a huge part, especially in Galway, and it’s just one of those things.

“But tomorrow will be about putting our preparations into practice. Training has gone well over the last fortnight so hopefully we’ve given ourselves the best chance to win the game.”

Williams has featured in every single Judgement Day for Cardiff Blues since its inception in 2013, but the likes of Owen Lane and Jarrod Evans will be making their bow at the showpiece event.

Williams is confident the youngsters can thrive in the occasion and atmosphere at Principality Stadium, and hopes the backline can express themselves.

The Welsh international said: “Laney has been going on about how he’s played at the stadium four times in the past in school finals, but I’ve been quick to remind him that Judgement Day will be slightly different!

“He enjoys the big occasions, and will relish in the atmosphere. 

“He’s really looking forward to getting out here and it’s a great track for a fast wing, so I’m sure he’ll be in his element.”