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Robinson relishing season finale

25th April 2018

Olly Robinson insists Cardiff Blues focus is now firmly set on a Judgement Day VI clash with the Ospreys after booking a place in the European Challenge Cup final.

Wales’ Capital Region have already secured Champions Cup rugby next season and have a showpiece final against Gloucester looming on the horizon in Bilbao.

But Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 clash against the Ospreys is still of utmost importance with regional pride at stake.

Robinson said: “We’re not thinking about two weeks’ time, we are fully focussed on this week and what an awesome challenge it is to play at the Principality Stadium in front of this many fans. It’s exciting for everyone involved.

“The last time we played them we lost by a point, they have a good side and have started to come into a lot of form so it’s important that we go out and give the best version of ourselves. 

“There’s always a little bit more edge in the derbies and the fans come out in their thousands. They are the loudest games I’ve been involved in so I’m looking forward to it if selected.

“I’ve been to the Principality Stadium to watch Scotland play there a couple of times and England a couple of times and I don’t think my side has ever won there so I’m hoping to change that!”

It has been a memorable year for Robinson, who first joined Cardiff Blues on loan from Bristol in October and then signed a long-term deal.

He has loved every minute so far in the Welsh capital and has been impressed by the team spirit and togetherness at the Blues.

If you had asked him if he would be in contention for a European final at the start of the season, he would had laughed but he is now hoping to add another piece of silverware to the family collection. 

He continued: “The thing I have noticed most about coming here is how together the group are. Since I’ve been here most of the games have come down to the last five minutes and the fact that we’ve managed to pull ourselves through and win a lot of those games, goes to so the togetherness and team spirit we have.

“There are some brilliant players across the board but particularly in the back-row and we probably have three really competitive full back-rows we could put out and competition is great for anyone. 

“It is never good to be comfortable and when you start to get comfortable you get lazy so it is great that we can all push each other.”
Reflecting on the weekend, he added: “The atmosphere at Cardiff Arms Park was incredible and I can’t say thank you enough to the fans who came out and supported us. The intensity of the game was one of the highest I’ve been involved with. 

“To get a win in that environment and under that pressure was brilliant. We had a good night on Saturday, it’s important to enjoy your wins and particularly a big one like that against a really good Pau side. What an awesome performance to go out and beat them to pick up a final.

“If you had asked me at the start of the year would I be in a European final or at side playing at one I would have laughed at you. It is awesome and just shows how life takes you in different ways.

“It’s a hell of an achievement for the whole squad, the back-room staff and the guys not selected.

“My Dad has reminded me that he’s won the Heineken Cup as it was then! I’m really proud of everything he’s done in rugby and if I can be half as successful with my career then I’d be delighted.”