Blues' Jamie Roberts braced for tight finish to season

Blues centre Jamie Roberts
Roberts made his debut for the Blues region in 2007

Centre Jamie Roberts believes the Blues have what it takes to secure a place in the Magners League play-offs.

Following the 21-21 draw against the Ospreys on Saturday, the Blues are now fifth in the Magners League.

And the Blues have a game in hand over their play-off rivals, which include fellow Welsh regions the Ospreys and Scarlets.

"We're still definitely in the hunt," said Roberts after the game at the Liberty Stadium.

In the race to finish in the top four play-off positions, Munster extended their lead at the helm following their 24-23 win over Leinster.

Ospreys leapfrogged Leinster into third place in the table with the Blues fifth and the Scarlets in sixth place

The Blues complete the regular season with away games at Connacht, the Dragons and the Scarlets and a home match against Treviso.

"It's a huge couple of months for the Ospreys, us, and the Scarlets, in that hunt for a play-off position. It's certainly going to be very tight," he said.

"Obviously three of our last four games are away from home and we came down here away from home and drew against a very good team.

"Munster have to play the Ospreys and Ulster are playing well this year - they haven't really lost in the last couple of months.

"Our game in hand against the Dragons away promises to be a huge match.

"The play-off system in the Magners adds to a very exciting end of season, especially as both teams are out of Europe. It's the sole focus now."

Roberts added that the Blues could be content with two points gained against the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.

Dan Parks' drop-goal with 12 minutes remaining rescued Dai Young's side.

"We have to be pleased looking back on it," admitted the Wales and Lions centre.

"We struggled in the scrum and in the line-out and with hindsight we'll be very pleased with that result."

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