STUART DAVIES COLUMN: Can returning Sam galvanise 'humiliated' Blues?
ZEBRE'S win over the Blues at the Arms Park was a historic one for the Italian strugglers, but utter humiliation for Phil Davies's side.
When you talk about Treviso, it is no longer an upset when they turn over one of the Celtic sides — as they showed when beating Munster last Saturday.
But even though Zebre appear to have recruited well, they still went through the whole of last season without a win and after this result Blues boss Phil Davies must be feeling the pressure.
Even with Leigh Halfpenny and Alex Cuthbert in the ranks, the Blues are struggling to score tries and I see they are now going to scour the world for a replacement for backs coach Gareth Baber.
If I was Phil I would be careful who I bring in because he could end up taking his job.
A trip to Dublin to face a Leinster side who are set to welcome back their Lions heroes provides a daunting challenge as the Blues look to restore some pride.
They will hope the return from injury of Sam Warburton will have a galvanising effect, but in front of a 15,000-plus crowd at the RDS, they are going to be up against it.
It was a great derby at Rodney Parade last Friday and the Dragons were deserved winners.
They have stripped their game back to basics and are playing with hunger and belief again under Lyn Jones.
As for the Scarlets, they can feel hard done by that they weren't awarded another penalty at that final scrum. I thought Dragons flanker Netani Talei had disengaged and that the prop he was meant to be scrummaging behind had collapsed. Take your pick for a penalty there and I was surprised a referee of Nigel Owens's calibre did not see it.
I was impressed by the Williams boys, Liam and Jordan. Liam was outstanding, while Jordan is the type of player who gets you excited every time he gets hold of the ball. It is good to see him getting game-time.