Wales On Sunday - - CHAMPIONS CUP -

JOHN Mul­vi­hill has targetted Cham­pi­ons Cup vic­tory over Glas­gow War­riors to­day at the Arms Park to set up a block­bust­ing dou­ble-header against Sara­cens to top the group.

Blues are look­ing to build on last week’s stun­ning vic­tory over Lyon at Mat­mut Sta­dium de Ger­land, and the Aus­tralian says the squad have high­lighted the pres­tige of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We have to put ev­ery­thing into this week. It’s re­ally im­por­tant be­cause if we can come away with the win, it sets up two big clashes against Sara­cens in De­cem­ber to de­cide who tops the pool,” said Mul­vi­hill.

“My­self and El­lis Jenk­ins were over at the Aviva Sta­dium a few weeks ago for the launch. They spoke to the coaches and the play­ers, and it hit me how big this tour­na­ment is.

“You watch the footage of teams who have won it in past years and look at the big teams around Europe who are in this com­pe­ti­tion. It was just ex­cit­ing.

“I came away think­ing that we have to be there ev­ery year, min­i­mum, and that means a top-three fin­ish in the PRO14.

“We spoke this week as a squad about the sig­nif­i­cance of the com­pe­ti­tion and the great teams that have been in­volved in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We had Rhys Gill, who has won the cup twice with Sara­cens, stand up and ad­dress the group on Mon­day to re­ally ham­mer home how im­por­tant this com­pe­ti­tion is for us and that we need do it jus­tice.

“The level of in­ten­sity of train­ing and on game day in Lyon has been at an­other level from where we’ve been so far this sea­son.”

The Scot­tish out­fit are cur­rently joint lead­ers of the PRO14 in terms of tries scored, and have only lost one of their open­ing Cham­pi­onship games as they sit on top of Con­fer­ence A.

How­ever, they opened their Euro­pean cam­paign with a 13-3 de­feat to Sara­cens at Scot­stoun last week.

Mul­vi­hill ex­pects an open and en­ter­tain­ing game of rugby and wants a re­peat of last week’s spe­cial vic­tory in the south of France.

The head coach said: “It’s go­ing to be a re­ally good game. Glas­gow are go­ing to be des­per­ate af­ter los­ing their home game last week to Sar­ries, and they weren’t far away in that game.

“They’re a team that won’t kick the ball a lot and they’ll move the ball from all parts of the field.

“They’ll come up against a team who do sim­i­lar and it will come down to who has the best de­fence and that will to win on the day.

“It will be end-to-end stuff. It won’t be great for coaches watch­ing, but I’m sure the crowd will love it.” CARDIFF BLUES: G An­scombe; A Sum­mer­hill, R Lee-Lo, W Hala­holo, J Harries; J Evans, T Williams; R Gill, K Dacey, D Lewis, G Earle, J Turn­bull, O Robin­son, E Jenk­ins (capt), N Williams. Reps: E Lewis, B Thyer, S An­drews, R Thorn­ton, S Manoa, L Williams, G Smith, M Mor­gan. GLAS­GOW: T Sey­mour; L Jones, H Jones, S John­son, DTH van der Merwe; A Hast­ings, A Price; O Keb­ble, F Brown, D Rae; R Har­ley, J Gray; R Wil­son, C Gib­bins, M Fer­gu­son. Reps: G Turner, A Al­lan, P du Plessis, S Cum­mings, C Fusaro, G Horne, P Horne, N Matawalu. REF­EREE: Luke Pearce (RFU).

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