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Blues coach Dai Young welcomes Wasps Amlin semi-final

The Blues' six try scorers celebrate a semi-final place after their crushing 20-55 win at Newcastle
The Blues' six try scorers celebrate their 20-55 win at Newcastle

The Blues say they are undaunted by a formidable Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final at Wasps after their crushing 20-55 win at Newcastle Falcons.

"We knew we would be away, and there are no easy semi-finals," coach Dai Young told BBC Sport Wales.

"It doesn't get much more difficult than Wasps away, but if you're going to win the competition you have to do it.

"Some of our best rugby this season has been away from home so we're just looking forward to that game."

The match will be at Adams Park on 1 May (1800 BST), with Connacht hosting Toulon in the other semi-final on 30 April (1945 BST).

The Cardiff-based region are the only survivors of the three Heineken Cup teams brought into the competition at the quarter-final stage, Scarlets and Gloucester having crashed out.

They are the only Welsh side left in European competition and - should they win the tournament - it will mean all four Welsh regions qualifying for next season's Heineken Cup.

"It's a big game for us, we're pleased to be in a semi-final, now we'd love to go at least one step further," said Young.

"Time will tell, but we'll have to play the same type of rugby as we did at Newcastle."

Young says he will be wary of the inside knowledge of Wasps and Wales coach Shaun Edwards.

"He will know our strengths and weaknesses from working with the Welsh boys," said Young.

"Wasps still have the star players and the ruthless edge.

"Just when people were writing them off they have come back."

Asked what he thought about the possibility of Wasps taking the game to Twickenham, Young quipped: "We'll play them anywhere - in a car park, if they want."

The Blues will be bidding to become just the second Welsh side to reach the final of the competition.

Pontypridd lost the final of the tournament in 2002 when it was known as the Parker Pen Shield, going down 25-22 to Sale at the Kassam Stadium.



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