Richie Rees searching more Amlin delight with Dragons
8:02am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
THE AMLIN Challenge Cup may be an unwanted distraction for some but Richie Rees certainly won't say a bad word about the second tier tournament, writes Chris Kirwan.
The Newport Gwent Dragons scrum-half proudly possesses a winners' medal after featuring in Cardiff Blues' shock success against big-spending Toulon in 2010.
In fact, the celebrations of that sunny day in Marseille provide the backdrop to the 30-year-old's Twitter page.
This season's final at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday, May 23 is some way off and the Dragons are 66/1 to lift the trophy, but that doesn't stop those at Rodney Parade targeting silverware.
"It's a great competition and I was fortunate enough to win it with the Blues," said Rees, who has been in superb form after moving from Edinburgh in the summer.
"That was a fantastic year and this is a great opportunity for us to do the same.
"We are building here and want to prove ourselves in every competition. We are going to put our hands up for every tournament and keep putting everything into every game we play."
Rees will play a key role against Bath at the Rec after sitting out last Friday's routine 50-8 win against Pool Two whipping boys Mogliano.
He is likely to get the nod ahead of Jonathan Evans and Wayne Evans and resume a half-back partnership with Jason Tovey that has looked superb in the opening weeks of the season.
But the nine-times capped scrum-half, whose form must be catching the eyes of the Wales selectors, knows that the key to leaving the West Country with something to show for their efforts lies with those wearing number 1 to 8.
"Bath have a very strong set piece and serious strength in depth up front," said Rees. "Their major asset, as with all English sides, is their forward play and we have to counter that.
"But with our talent, flair and youngsters there is no reason why we can't go there and win on Saturday.
"We've started the season well and there is real competition for places that is driving the boys on."
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