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Shingler ready for fly-half battle

5th September 2016

Steve Shingler is relishing the challenge that lies ahead following an impressive competitive debut against Edinburgh.

The fly-half starred in the 34-16 Guinness PRO12 victory over Edinburgh on Saturday, racking up 15-points, including a try, in the process.

But the former Wales Under-20s international recognises the competition for places at the region, with the likes of Gareth Anscombe and Jarrod Evans also vying for the number 10 shirt, and relishes the challenges ahead.

“If you’re ever in a competitive situation, like the outside-half spot, it is difficult to hold on to the jersey. The Cardiff Blues are an ambitious club, and if you ever look at clubs like that you usually have two or three in that position.” said Shingler

“I’m going to be battling for the jersey, and when I get the chance I want to be consistent and put the team in good positions.”

The five-pointer marked Shingler’s third try in three Cardiff Blues matches, having also crossed against the Dragons and Bristol during pre-season. 

“I enjoyed my first competitive game for the Cardiff Blues. Edinburgh are a difficult side to break down. It was a collective performance to get all five points.

“I was relieved to score the try after messing up an earlier opportunity. It was lovely to dot down, a nice feeling.”

“I’m on a bit of a streak at the moment, which is unusual for me. I’m enjoying every minute at the Cardiff Blues at the moment, there are no negatives, and I think we’re on the rise.”

He also believes his summer move from the Scarlets will give him a new lease of life as he settles in at Wales’ Capital Region.

He added: “This move has been a new lease of life for myself. Danny (Wilson) has been very positive, he says it’s a new era for the Cardiff Blues.

“It was his first year last season, and he put his stamp on things and they did very well toward the end of the season. It is a positive place to be.”