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Cardiff players must step it up for RGC test, says Steve Law

Cardiff players must step it up for RGC test, says Steve Law

Cardiff head coach Steve Law.

Steve Law has told his Cardiff players he expects a far better performance against RGC than they put in against Carmarthen Quins last weekend.

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A Cardiff side made up of numerous players who impressed against Harlequins, and Toulouse in the Champions Cup slipped to a shock home defeat to Carmarthen Quins. This travel to Colwyn Bay to face a fast improving RGC side, and Law has warned his players he won’t tolerate another substandard performance.

“There were a lot of individual errors, and poor decision making against Carmarthen Quins but there was plenty of effort,” he said. “We were hugely disappointed to lose that game because what we delivered wasn’t good enough. It’s the old adage that you’ve got to turn opportunities and pressure into points.

“Our execution needs to be a lot better. I told the players after the game that it wasn’t good enough because in my opinion it’s a game we should have won.

“Ultimately it’s on the players. You’ve just got to go with what you’ve got, and everyone is in the same boat.

“Some teams have more resources than others, but it’s about playing rugby, and you just deal with what you’ve got week in week out.” RGC are currently sixth in the Premiership, and are coached by former Wales prop Ceri Jones who was once interim head coach at the Dragons.

And RGC scrum-half Efan Jones is confident his side can get a positive result over a strong Cardiff side.

“We have kept up training and Will Cusack (S&C Coach) gave us home programmes to do last weekend, so all the boys were in the gym plus doing some running to make sure we are ready for this Saturday,” he said.

“The Cardiff game will be strange with a lack of home support, but it’s something we have to deal with. As we are now in the league season, it’s a chance to back up that Llanelli victory and build some momentum.

“We know Cardiff will be coming up to Eirias looking to put last week’s Quins defeat behind them so our performance needs to be at a high level”

This weekend also sees the return of the Championship Cup where Martyn Fowler’s Glamorgan Wanderers face Ystrad Rhondda, while in the Plate Cardiff Met take on Bedwas, Trebanos host Morgan Stoddard’s Cross Keys, and Beddau travel to Ystalyfera.

Two games in the Championship Cup have been postponed with Narberth against Maesteg Harlequins, and Neath versus Bargoed to be rearranged for another date.

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