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We must back up opening day win on Glasgow trip insists Davies

First Team News | 22nd September 2022

Seb Davies insists Cardiff must back up their opening day victory over Munster when they travel to Glasgow for the second round of BKT United Rugby Championship action on Friday (KO 7.35pm).

After an impressive 21/22 season, the lock picked up where he left off with an impressive outing against the Irish outfit at the Arms Park.

The Welsh international was pleased with a number of aspects of the performance last week as he prepares to come up against a free-flowing Glasgow outfit at Scotstoun.

“It was a great atmosphere and a great start to the season, beating a quality team,” said Davies.

“After that, we know we have to back it up again this week against Glasgow but we’re thrilled with the start.

“We managed to negate Munster’s drive. Yes, they got a couple of penalties out of them but overall, as a team, we didn’t give them too many penalties, which obviously meant they didn’t kick to the corners much.

“So it’s a positive that we managed to negate one of their better plays.

“Obviously the weather has been really nice over the last couple of weeks, and it was the same on Saturday. So it was nice that both sides could run with the ball and we did that really well.

“We managed the game well, ran when we needed to and when the pressure came on a bit too much we’d go to the air and challenge to get the ball back.

“Glasgow obviously took a big defeat last week but their coach said at the end of te game that they’re looking to be the Glasgow of old.

“They want to run with the ball more and have a go.

“They’ve got some great players there and play to a high tempo on a good surface like we’ve got.

“So I’d expect a high number of ball-in-play minutes and I’m looking forward to it.”

Despite impressing last season for club and country, Davies was not included on Wales’ summer tour to South Africa.

However, the lock refuses to be disheartened as he strives for consistency in the Cardiff jersey.

The academy product added: “I was obviously disappointed not to go to South Africa and be away with those boys.

“But sometimes coming back and only having a few weeks to prepare for the first few games can be a bit disruptive.

“But I did manage to get the full pre-season under my belt, I’m injury free and I’m in a good condition at the moment.

“I never look too far ahead to anything like playing for Wales.

“I just try to do my job here and do that as well as I can. If you get called up, then you do, and if you don’t, you don’t.

“For now it’s just about having consistency for Cardiff first and foremost.”