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Isaacs: We must give something back to fans

9th April 2015

Home-grown centre Tom Isaacs has called on his team-mates to produce for the fans in the closing weeks of the Guinness PRO12 season.

Cardiff Blues head to Scotland to face Glasgow Warriors on Friday night (kick-off 7.35pm) as they look to bounce back from the disappointment of European derby day defeat to Dragons.

Isaacs knows the challenge ahead as the team faces the current league leaders on home soil.

However, he insists Blues must look to play with freedom and aim to make a statement in the season run-in as they look to repay the faith of supporters.

“Everyone involved with the region is disappointed with what has happened recently, but the fans have been great throughout,” he said.

“You do want to give something back and assure the fans that we want to play an exciting brand of rugby for them.

“The easy thing for us to do would be to roll over and that is something we definitely can’t do.

“As players and as a collective, we’ve got to look to make a statement these last four games and show we do want to play an exciting brand of rugby and give something back to everyone involved with this region, especially our supporters.

“We expect a tough encounter on Friday and Glasgow have a lot of international representation in their squad, especially their back line. It’s going to be tough and they have some real playmakers,” he added.

“We have to watch out for them and concentrate on what we can do as a team and back line.

“There are a number of boys in our squad who have been up there and won, it is doable but they are playing well and pushing for a top four spot and the play-offs. We expect a tough one.”

Meanwhile, Isaacs has revealed he is revelling in his new surroundings and returning to his home city adding: “I’m feeling good and it’s nice to be back at the Blues and play as much as I can.

“I’m really loving it here. I grew up in Llandaff North in Cardiff and was part of the Academy set-up previously so to come back and be able to play on the Arms Park is great for me. I want to play as many games as I can.

“I feel I have matured as a player, as an all-round back. I’ve learnt a lot from a couple of different coaches and really enjoyed the journey.”