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Cardiff Blues must be on the money ahead of Italian job insists Williams

6th September 2018

Lloyd Williams insists Cardiff Blues must be "on the money" ahead of back-to-back Guinness PRO14 clashes in Italy.

John Mulvihill's side are preparing for the first away game of the campaign, against Benetton Rugby on Saturday, before they take on Zebre a week later in Parma.

Benetton started their campaign with victory over Dragons at Rodney Parade last week, and Williams is well aware of the dangers posed by the Italian outfit.

"We’ve spoken about how strong Benetton have been this year, and they haven’t lost a game throughout their pre-season and into round one of the PRO14," said Williams.

"We really have to make sure we’ve got our own house in order and that we’re on the money with our work ethic and the fundamentals of the game.

"The first year Treviso came into the competition, the away game was tight and every time I’ve gone over there since we’ve had to perform well to come away with the result. Whenever we’ve been anything short of that, we’ve come away with a loss.

"They’re a good set piece team, so we’ll have to be well-drilled in that area, but also look to put our own stamp on the game and be the best version of ourselves as a team.

"They’re a good team, and athletic team but their backs are just as big as their forwards, which is very tough to stop, especially when the weather isn’t great out there.

"If we can stick to our gameplan, it would be a huge positive for us, because we can get some soft contact and it won’t be such an arm wrestle.

"I watched the Dragons game [against Benetton] and it did seem that if you want to take on Treviso at their own game, it’s going to be a long day in the office.

"We want to go there, do what we do well and put ourselves in a good place to win the game."

Wales' Capital Region began their campaign with a last gasp defeat to Leinster at the Arms Park, but did pick up two bonus points on the opening day.

Williams says his side were disappointed not to seal victory, but they will learn their lessons from the loss.

"For the majority of the game, the boys played really well and we should’ve come away with a victory against Leinster

"But to be fair, they managed to capitalise on the penalties, made their driving maul a force and that ended up bringing them back into the game."