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Jenkins confident that Cardiff Blues can use breakdown as an attacking weapon

10th May 2018

Ellis Jenkins is confident that Cardiff Blues can use their power at the breakdown as an attacking weapon, as his side prepare to take on Gloucester in the Challenge Cup final on Friday.

The back row has been named captain for the San Mames Stadium clash, stepping in for the absent Gethin Jenkins, who is ruled out with injury.

Jenkins, who was named co-captain of Wales ahead of the summer Tests against South Africa and Argentina earlier in the week, insists his focus is firmly on Friday’s encounter and is privileged to captain his side in the final.

“The breakdown is always a key area of our game and in terms of how we look to play. We like to look for those turnovers and release our backs to run,”

“There will be areas where Gloucester will look to play to their strengths as well. But we’ll have to concentrate on our own strengths and dictate the game to our liking, and are determined to achieve that.

“Of coruse, it’s a big honour to captain your country but I haven’t had much time to think about it. The main focus has always been on Friday’s game and once that’s finished and we get to camp, then we can think about it a little bit more.

“It’s a huge honour for me and Cory, and we’re good mates, so to be able to do it together will be good fun.

“You always dream to play for Wales when you grow up, and in camp different people will put themselves in different roles. 

“I’ve been lucky enough to be give the opportunity to captain Cardiff Blues and Wales at age grade. It’s something that I enjoy and it will be nice to test myself again.”