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Chief: That was true passion for jersey

6th March 2015

Defence Coach Dale McIntosh hailed the epic last gasp win over Connacht - and insisted 'we showed everyone we are proud of this jersey'.

Never-say-die Cardiff Blues produced a simply staggering finale as they kept the ball alive during a dramatic EIGHT MINUTES of injury time before Joaquin Tuculet raced over for his second try of the night.

Rhys Patchell then held his nerve to land a match-winning conversion to spark wild celebrations at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

And proud coach McIntosh was full of praise for the manner in which Blues kept going at the death to record a second successive home win and further banish memories of Treviso.

“First and foremost, compliments to the conditioners here! To finish like that you have got to be pretty fit and that is definitely the case,” he said.

“Secondly a huge up for the players; not only was it exhausting, it was also a pressurised and intense final few minutes. They showed composure and, more importantly, passion for the jersey.

“There are ways in which you win and lose and we lost poorly in Treviso after a lacklustre performance. But we won today by digging in there and showing everyone we are proud of this jersey and have a lot of pride in ourselves.”

McIntosh added he was no looking no further than the next away game and a trip to Belfast to tackle Ulster in late March – but insisted a top seven finish was not out of the question.

“People think I am a bit crazy and you know you have to be a bit crazy to play this game or coach this game.
But you just need to take one week at a time, one match at a time and then hopefully a couple of results will go our way,” he said.

“We are in there after two results and you can never say die. If I’m not positive than the players have no right to be positive; therefore we will give it our best shot.

“To say I am happy with the win is an understatement – I haven’t been this happy for a while,” he added. “And as long as the boys are achieving and developing then Johnsey (Paul John) and I will be happy.

“We are chuffed with the win because I’m a huge fan of Pat Lam as a person and player. Now as a coach and the environment he has created, I have the utmost admiration for him.”