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Morgan relishing Cardiff Blues' licence to thrill on home soil

23rd November 2017

Matthew Morgan is relishing Cardiff Blues' licence to thrill on home soil, as Wales' Capital Region return to Guinness PRO14 action on Friday to host Connacht at Cardiff Arms Park (KO 7.35pm).

Danny Wilson’s side have racked up 15 tries in the past three European and PRO14 fixtures at home, with the full-back thriving on the fast Arms Park turf, touching down on three occasions.

Morgan believes the Arms Park surface suits the Blues’ game-plan down to the ground and hopes the team will be spurred on by a good turnout for Friday’s crucial PRO14 clash.

“We’ve worked hard as a team during pre-season and early parts of the campaign and have managed to expand our game quite a bit,” said Morgan.

“The pitch at Cardiff Arms Park suits the team down to the ground. We try to use that pitch to play good, running rugby and we’re looking forward to another game on that track on Friday.

“My aims are to keep myself fit, and try to do what I do best, and the fast pitch at the Arms Park suits the way I like to play as well.

“Hopefully we’ll get a good crowd down to the Arms Park on Friday to get the boys going, and hopefully we can go on to score a few tries.

“It’s an exciting time of the season now and playing the best teams will also get the best out of the players, so hopefully we can continue to build as a squad.”

The Blues picked up a dramatic win over Connacht at Sportsground earlier in the season, as Jarrod Evans converted a last-ditch Willis Halaholo try to seal a 15-17 victory.

Morgan expects another tough challenge against the Galway-based province on Friday, who are heading into the game in fine form, following four wins from their past four games.

Morgan said: “The spirits around the camp is good at the moment. A few of the boys have had some time off during the Anglo-Welsh Cup action, but we trained last week and built it up into this week. We want to get back into it now and hit the ground running hard.

“It was a good win out in Connacht in September and not many teams manage to win over there. Connacht have been performing well at home this season, and to pick up a win out there was pretty solid.

“If we beat Connacht over the weekend, we’ll jump past them in the table, so we’ll be looking to get a good performance in and get the ‘W’.

“Connacht have improved a lot over the last couple of seasons, and recently they’ve picked up good wins against the likes of Munster and Cheetahs.

“They’re on a roll, so we’re expecting it to be a good, entertaining game with both sides looking to chuck the ball about quite a bit.”