Paul Tito targets Blues play-off spot with Dragons win

MAGNERS LEAGUE - Dragons v Blues

Venue:
Rodney Parade
Date:
Friday 29 April
Kick-off:
1605 BST
Coverage:
Scrum V Live - BBC Two Wales, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sport website and Red Button

Cardiff Blues captain Paul Tito has urged his side to secure their place in the Magners play-offs before their final game of the regular season.

Dai Young's side are away to Newport Gwent Dragons in a rearranged match on Friday before facing the Scarlets.

And a win at Rodney Parade would secure their place in the last four.

"I feel that if we can put it to bed on Friday we can go down to the Scarlets and try and kick on from where we've come from," Tito said.

"It would be nice to go down there [to Llanelli] with no pressure on us and do what we did twice last year - chuck the ball about and get a bit of confidence.

"I think that's all we're lacking around here at the moment is a little bit of confidence. We need just one game to really kick in and I think we could be away.

Blues' captain Paul Tito
Tito joined the Blues from Taranaki in the summer of 2007

"Rugby's a mad game and it can only take a good 80 minutes from all the boys. Hopefully we are going to see that on Friday."

Victory at the Dragons would take the Blues up to 64 points and third place in the table with a game to go. If the Blues then lose to the Scarlets on 6 May, Ulster (63 points) would climb above them into third place with victory at the Dragons.

Fifth-placed Ospreys (59) could also reach 64 points if they were to secure a bonus-point win over Aironi, but the Blues would claim fourth place thanks to their higher number of games won.

Finishing second, and so securing a home semi-final, is also still attainable for Tito's men. For that to happen, they would need 10 points from their remaining two games and hope that Leinster do not manage a bonus-point win at home to Glasgow Warriors.

The Dragons beat the Ospreys in a thrilling 32-28 Welsh derby in the last home match, and Tito said he was expecting a touch encounter in front of an expected full house at Rodney Parade.

"Obviously [it's] a very difficult place to go," said the New Zealand-born lock. "They've shown this year they can knock over some pretty good teams.

"They're playing with a lot of attitude and a lot of good team work down there and finishing off some fairly handy tries.

"They're most probably playing the best rugby out of all the regions at the moment.

"We are going to have to be on our middle to go down there and pick up the victory but one we obviously want to pick up so we can advance to the semi-finals."

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