Caledonians fear Cardiff backlash
April 21, 2000

Glasgow Caledonians coach Richie Dixon has warned his side to be wary of a Cardiff backlash in their Good Friday meeting in South Wales.

Cardiff coach Lynn Howells saw his side knocked out of the Heineken Cup 22-3 by Llanelli last week, while the Reds were defeated 28-25 by Swansea at Hughenden.

But Dixon will not be fooled by the big scoreline at Stradey Park last week.

"Cardiff will be looking to get themselves back on track after the big disappointment at Llanelli last week," said Dixon.

"I thought Llanelli deserved to win it in the end but it will still be a stiff challenge, no doubt about that.

"We are in the same boat as Cardiff. We felt we should have won our game last week against Swansea and did enough to do so.

"But unfortunately we let our chances slip and you just cannot afford to do that at this level.

"So we have got things to prove to ourselves. Obviously, Cardiff is a hard place to go they have a very good home record and a tremendous pool of players.

"They are very strong and can attack through the forwards, the midfield backs and they have a back three who all know how to score tries. They have been performing well all season."

But Dixon wants his side to avoid the errors which cost them dearly against Swansea last week.

"We have worked hard in training this week to eliminate those mistakes we felt contributed to our own downfall," said Dixon.

"We have been working towards rewarding ourselves instead of punishing ourselves.

"At Cardiff, it is going to be a very difficult game but that is what we are in this league for and we want to contribute to them as well.

"We are playing the kind of rugby that everybody wants to play and we're looking forward to a very hard game."

Gordon Simpson is missing from the side with a foot injury offering Gareth Flockhart the opportunity to re-claim the place he lost through a groin injury.

But Donnie Macfadyen has returned to the side as a replacement after a long lay-off although Graeme Beveridge and Roland Reid will not be considered until the Reds' next game against Dunvant.

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