Wales star Jamie Roberts wants Blues silverware

Jamie Roberts

RaboDirect Pro12: Cardiff Blues v Scarlets

Venue:
Cardiff City Stadium
Date:
Saturday, 24 March
Kick-off:
1830 GMT
Coverage:
Live on S4C

Centre Jamie Roberts wants to emulate Wales' Grand Slam success at regional level with the Cardiff Blues.

Roberts returns to the Blues, who are in the hunt for a Pro12 play-off spot and face Leinster in the Heineken Cup quarter-final.

"International rugby this year couldn't have gone any better for us," said Roberts.

"Certainly domestically we're looking to add some silverware."

The Blues, who face the Scarlets on Saturday, are currently seventh in the Pro 12 having lost against Newport-Gwent Dragons in their previous game.

"We'd like to think we can get in that top four," added Roberts.

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"[There are] five or six league games left for us to push on and hopefully get in that top four spot.

"We play Leinster away in the Aviva Stadium as well, which I'm sure they will sell-out for that game. It's a huge game for the region."

Injuries and international commitments have restricted Roberts, 25, to four Blues appearances this season.

"It's been a tough campaign. Obviously it was great to get the Grand Slam, but it's back to the bread and butter now of regional rugby," said Roberts.

"And with the Blues in with a shout of honours in the Pro12 and Heineken Cup it's a big end of season for us.

"Everyone's playing for that play-off position.

"The Dragons game was disappointing. It's a tough place to win down at Rodney Parade, it always has been and always will be," said Roberts.

"We're at home this weekend to the Scarlets, who have got a formidable team [and] some great players in good form. It's going to be a tough game for us."

The Pro12 campaign resumes at a time when Welsh regional rugby has come under scrutiny with dwindling crowds and high-profile players leaving Wales.

Gethin Jenkins and Richie Rees have announced they are joining Casey Laulala, Rhys Thomas and Dan Parks in leaving the Blues, who recently switched two games from the Cardiff City Stadium to their old Arms Park home amid financial concerns affecting Welsh regional rugby.

Regional Rugby Wales chairman Stuart Gallacher has warned "radical" changes lie ahead in the Welsh domestic game amid "difficult conditions".

But British Lion Roberts is confident success on the field will entice supporters to attend regional matches.

"A lot has been made, more so in the press, of the regional game and the regional game struggling," added Roberts.

"We know that being successful on the pitch is the key ingredient.

"We're in the entertainment industry and it's important for us to impress on the pitch playing an attractive brand of rugby.

"And I'm sure the crowds will then speak for themselves."

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