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Robinson calls for 80-minute performance

14th September 2018

Olly Robinson has called for a complete 80-minute performance as he captains Cardiff Blues against Zebre tonight (7.35pm BST).

The 27-year-old succeeds Ellis Jenkins, who is rested, as both openside flanker and skipper for the Stadio Lanfranchi clash.

Wales’ Capital Region are targeting their first win of the Guinness PRO14 season after slipping to two last gasp defeats by a combined margin of three-points.

Robinson admits the losses to Leinster and Benetton cut deep and he is acutely aware that the Blues cannot take their foot off the gas from the moment George Clancy blows his whistle in Parma. 

He said: “The result for us is very disappointing. In both games we were in a positions where we could, and potentially, should have won the game. 

“We have to give credit to both opposition teams for coming back and playing for the full 80 minutes. 

“But I don’t think it is anywhere near panic stations yet for us. Last season we finished a lot of games where we ended up winning in the last plays of the game , sometimes it goes against you but that’s sport and we have to manage games better at the end to make sure we win.

“We were incredibly disappointed and there weren’t many smiles of faces in the changing room on Sunday, it’s not nice to lose, particularly in that manner in the last play of the game. 

“But we are under no illusions that our performance wasn’t where it should have been. All credit to Treviso, they played really well. 

“Being together for the week has been a positive because any talks that need to be had can be had and we’ve had some frank discussions.

“Losing sometimes means you don’t brush over issues so that can be a positive going into the rest of the season. 

“If we had won the two games we might have been talking about how well we performed and had done to win but we’ve had frank discussions about where we have made mistakes, not keeping the ball well enough and defensively our kick chase hasn’t been good enough. 

“It’s been a positive week and we’re looking forward to going to Zebre.”

Following tonight’s encounter against Zebre, Cardiff Blues return to Wales and host Munster at the Arms Park on Friday, September 21 (7.35pm). Tickets are available now and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 029 20 302030.