Seb Davies says it’s vitally important that Cardiff focus on their own game ahead of Saturday’s United Rugby Championship clash against Ospreys.
Both sides head into the derby encounter on the back of opening day victories, with the Blue and Blacks securing maximum points over Connacht and Ospreys coming away with an away victory against Dragons.
And while Davies is fully aware of the physical battle awaiting Dai Young’s side in Swansea, he insists the pack have concentrated on their own roles throughout the build-up.
“They had a good win against Dragons on the weekend, but we’re just focusing on ourselves this week,” explained the international lock.
“We’re not getting too worried about opposition teams. We need to ensure we put our stuff right and that will give us the chance to win the game.
“We have a lot of talent in our front five, but in the past few years we’ve hit mid-table, which isn’t the best and we know we can improve on that.
“Judging from their team on the weekend, when they played the Dragons, they had a big pack and were pretty good around set-piece.
“So Saturday will start with us forwards needing to contain their set piece.
“They also have a lot of talented back so we’ll need to close them down quickly.
“There’s a lot of tall, heavy men in there, so the line-outs will be a target for them. And with a heavy pack, scrum time will be a challenge for us as well.”
Davies formed a new-look partnership with summer signing, and fellow Welsh international, Matthew Screech against Connacht.
He believes the victory was testament to the hard work on the training ground over the summer but insists there are still areas to build-on as his side refuse to become complacent.
Davies added: “It was a good performance on Friday, especially in the first half, but the second half became a bit scrappy.
“But we’re looking to put things right this weekend and it’s been a good week in training so far.
“Trystan and his team have done a really good job over the summer, and that paid off in the final quarter of last week’s game.
“We managed to keep the ball in play and run a couple of nice tries in.”