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Tito ready for Aironi battle

Guinness PRO12 Editor

28 Oct 2010

Cardiff Blues’ Paul Tito is under no illusion of the task which awaits his side in Northern Italy this weekend.

The capital city outfit face Aironi on Friday evening and even though the Italian side are still without a win in the Magners League this year the New Zealander is expecting a difficult challenge.

The Blues were left disappointed last week after falling to defeat at the hands of the Scarlets.

But Tito believes the capital city outfit can call on the experience of their trip to Benetton Treviso last month to put Aironi to the sword.

"We will have to front up, we have to match them physically and mentally," said Tito.

"We started well against Treviso and didn't let the crowd get on top of us. We really dug in for each other and were so pleased to get the win.
"It will be very similar this week. They enjoy the lineout and love the scrum. The eight of us up front have a big job on our hands."

With a host of Welsh internationals away the Kiwi captain is hoping his fellow experienced overseas players can step-up and help make amends for last week's loss.

"That's why they get foreigners in," added Tito.

"When the Welsh boys are away is when we earn our money.

"It's been coming for a while and hopefully that's the kick up the bum that we needed. We've been heading south for a while when we want to be climbing.

"We have to step up and need to get a win out there."