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Turnbull insists Cardiff Blues have an opportunity to prove a point in Belfast

26th November 2018

Josh Turnbull insists Cardiff Blues have an opportunity to prove a point following Friday's defeat to Glasgow Warriors.

Wales’ Capital Region kicked off a crucial block of 10 games with a loss at Scotstoun Stadium, and will travel to take on Ulster and Saracens over the next fortnight.

The utility forward believes Cardiff Blues can draw inspiration from the victory over Munster earlier in the season, as his side showed signs of what they were capable of during an encouraging second half performance.

Turnbull said: “We’ve shown what we can do with our backs against the wall earlier in the season. The backs are against the wall again now and we need to start picking results up quickly.

“We’ve got Ulster next weekend and then Saracens back-to-back, and it doesn’t come any bigger than that. 

“There has to be a bit of an onus on ourselves to look at what’s coming and that starts with Ulster next weekend. 

“We’ve in a run of 10 games now, and that means we have to learn these lessons quickly. 

“We need to look to bounce back and we’ll have a tough look at ourselves on Monday before wiping the slate clean. 

“They’re all big games now, regardless of who we are playing, and we need to take note of that.

“We cost ourselves by giving away 28 points in the first half, and especially in the first 20 minutes with team errors and individual errors.

“We need to look at that and eradicate that out of the game, otherwise we’ll be climbing a mountain when it comes to the second half and we make it tough on ourselves.

“They’re a well-drilled side who run some smart play, especially from line-outs.

“But we had some defensive errors that cost us, especially in the first half, and we can’t go making those errors.

“But I thought the boys did well to come back into it a little bit in the second half because we showed control and showed what we’re capable of.”