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Dacey looks to bounce back in Italy

26th November 2013

In-form hooker Kristian Dacey insists Cardiff Blues must learn the lessons of defeat to Munster on focus on the positives as they look to bounce back in Italy this weekend.

Blues travel to the Stadio Monigo to face Benetton Treviso in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 5pm local time).

Phil Davies’ men will be aiming to return to winning ways after home defeat to Munster.

And front row Dacey - who scored his third try in four games last week - is relishing the size of the overseas challenge as Blues aim to avoid a repeat of the 26-17 loss they suffered on Italian soil back in March.

“It is a tough place to go,” he said. “We played out there last year and had a fairly young team, but they really showed us that they are a tough team to beat at home.

“It’s a good test before we face Glasgow in the European double header and going into Christmas then with the derby games. Hopefully we can get back on track with a win and carry it through.

“The Munster game was difficult,” he added. “They are a strong team, are top of the league and are not to be messed with.

“Obviously they put 21 points on us first half, which is not a positive, but we tried to re-group and we came out seven all in the second half. 

“That is a big positive for a young group, but we can’t keep saying: ‘we’re young, we’re young’. We need to take the positives out, analyse the game and see where we can improve, especially going away to Treviso.”