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Blues vow to give the Ospreys real lesson.

Byline: Simon Thomas

THE beleaguered Blues have vowed to wipe the smiles off Ospreys' faces in their big Welsh derby clash this evening.

Coach Gareth Baber (pictured below) says he expects the play-off chasing Ospreys to arrive at the Cardiff City Stadium believing it's a good time to be taking on his team.

The Blues go into the RaboDirect Pro12 clash on the back of four straight defeats, a barren run that culminated in last Saturday's Heineken hammering to Leinster.

They have also had their much-publicised issues off the field, with the Gavin Henson sacking saga and a string of player departures amid drastic cost-cutting.

In contrast, the Ospreys have won their last two games, including a notable victory away to European champions Leinster, and lie second in the Pro12 table.

But Baber insists the Blues are determined to end their losing streak by seeing off their title-chasing regional rivals.

"The Ospreys will come down here confident in terms of being in that top four and having defeated Leinster," he said.

"They will want to beat us on our home patch. We know that and we are going to have a job of work to do.

"They beat Leinster out in Dublin a few weeks ago and we've just had a spanking off Leinster. So do the maths.

"I think they will come with an attitude that it's a good time to play us.

"Obviously we want to wipe any smile off their face that they feel they are coming here with.

"That's the way sport is. When people are down, you take your opportunities and go for it.

"But, from our perspective, it's a motivational factor.

"We have to be at the top of our game.

"We have to be playing at Test intensity to really force the issue of getting a victory this weekend."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 14, 2012
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