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Williams pleased with preparations ahead of Dublin trip

23rd March 2017

Cardiff Blues scrum-half, Lloyd Williams, insists his side have prepared well over the past fortnight ahead of Saturday's Guinness PRO12 fixture against Leinster.

Danny Wilson's side have been out of competitive action for the past two weeks, giving Williams and his team-mates an opportunity to work on specific areas of their game.

Williams, who captained Cardiff Blues last time out against Munster, feels the past two weeks have been beneficial as his side look to bounce back following a home defeat to The Red Army earlier in the month.

“We haven't tried improving everything over the past two weeks because I think when you try to do that you don’t really get anything done,” said the 28-times capped Welsh international.

“We’ve focused on two areas of our game that we're going to get better at. If that goes well on the weekend we’ll have had a lot out of these two weeks, including a fitness block, and hopefully they’ll make a really big difference going into the end of the season.

“We feel like we're on the right track. Our performances have been better, even though the results against Connacht and Munster didn’t go our way, we felt we performed much better as a team and we're going in the right direction.”

Leinster currently sit on top of the Guinness PRO12 championship table, with six wins out of their last six games.

However, Williams expects a typically tough encounter out in Dublin, but insists his side will be travelling to the Irish capital looking to build up positive momentum ahead of a crucial European Challenge Cup quarter-final at Gloucester the following week.

“It’s always a tough match in Leinster and I think it’s the type of place where you can play really good rugby but come away on the wrong side of the scoreboard. 

“They’re going to be a very tough team and whatever time of the year you play them it’s going to be a tough ask. We’ve got our preparation right this week and have put ourselves in the best possible position to get a victory.

“We’ve taken every game as they come, and I know that's a bit of a cliché, but that’s what we are doing. 

“We’re trying to get a good performance in Dublin, and be on the right side of the scoresheet, and then the following week is a massive week for the club. 

“That's going to be huge, so I’m sure we’ll put Leinster to bed on Monday morning and then really set our sights on Gloucester as that is going to define our season and give us a great chance of reaching a semi-final, and potentially a final, by the end of the season.”