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Williams wants Cardiff Blues to maintain performance levels from Belfast

3rd December 2018

Cardiff Blues will pick up results if they perform like they did at Kingspan Stadium insists scrum half and stand-in captain, Lloyd Williams.

In the absence of the injured Ellis Jenkins, Williams led his home region in Belfast, as Ulster claimed a narrow four-point victory.

It was a much-improved performance from Wales’ Capital Region, following a heavy defeat to Glasgow Warriors the previous week, and Williams insists they can be proud of their efforts in the Guinness PRO14 encounter.

The Welsh international said: “We spoke last week that we weren’t at the races for some reason, but fair play, we really threw the kitchen sink at Ulster.

“There were a few decisions that went against us in the second half which allowed them back into the game and gave them the win in the end.

“I feel like we can be proud of our performance and if we perform like that every week, it will give us opportunities to win, which will be inevitable in the end.

“Like every team in the PRO14, Ulster really do relish their home matches, and that was something we were aware of heading to Belfast.

“They’ve shown their strength already this season, by showing how good they are at home. They’ve got a habit of winning by small margins. 

“We discussed that if we performed to the best of our ability and we defended well then  we’d be in with a chance. 

“I feel like we did that, but it’s a shame that in the second half we struggled a little bit with possession and probably gave away a couple of penalties that cost us field position.”

Next up for John Mulvihill’s side is back-to-back Heineken Champions Cup fixtures against English champions, Saracens.

Williams is excited for the opportunity to face the former European champions

“We’re playing Saracens back-to-back next, and it’s a great opportunity to really test ourselves and try to make the best of the situation,” said Williams.

“They’ve proven over the years how strong they are and we’re aware of the challenge they will pose.

“If we go out there and perform to the best version of ourselves, then we’ll be in with a shout.”