Heineken Cup: Cardiff Blues' Alex Cuthbert hopes for victory in Toulon

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Alex Cuthbert: Is hoping Cardiff Blues can become the first side to beat Toulon on home soil in the Heineken Cup

Alex Cuthbert: Is hoping Cardiff Blues can become the first side to beat Toulon on home soil in the Heineken Cup

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Cardiff Blues' winger Alex Cuthbert is hopeful that his side can take a big step towards qualification for the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup with a win over Toulon on Saturday.

The Blues travel to France knowing that a victory will move them above the reigning champions to the top of Pool 2 with just one game remaining.

"I expect them to be pretty fired up and pretty formidable but we are prepared and looking forward"
Phil Davies, Cardiff Blues' Director of Rugby

Their confidence will be boosted by the fact that they won the reverse fixture in October's second round of games, 19-15, but the Wales back acknowledges that repeating the feat will require a mammoth effort against a side unbeaten at home in the European competition.

"It's probably one of the toughest challenges we have had all season," said Cuthbert.

"We knew the challenge when they came to us, and obviously we equalled them and ended up getting that win.

Challenge

"Hopefully we can just take what we learned against them down there and give them a game where we can challenge and hopefully get the win.

The Welsh side are currently two points behind Toulon and with only the group winners and best two runners up to progress, it is likely that only a win will be enough to keep Cardiff's hopes of qualification alive.

Director of rugby Phil Davies though is anticipating his team will come up against a highly motivated opponent.

"We know what we did last time to help us gain that result - now we've got to repeat that, and a little bit more, because they will be a bit disappointed about that last result, not just against us but the one against Grenoble," he explained.

"I expect them to be pretty fired up and pretty formidable but we are prepared and looking forward."

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