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Patchell thrilled with final CAP win

19th April 2016

Rhys Patchell was delighted to bid farewell to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on a winning note following Sunday's Guinness PRO12 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons.

The 22-year-old will leave Cardiff Blues in the summer to pursue opportunities at the Scarlets and signed out from the iconic venue with the 28-8 triumph.

It was an emotional occasional for the former Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf pupil but more importantly he was thrilled with the result which keeps the Blues in the race for a top six finish.

He said:“It was nice to see my brother and father at the end of the game. The Blues have been a big part of  my life over the past five years, and it has been a big part of their lives as well.

“I love this place, and have a big respect towards the people running it.

“But the most important thing is we got the win. We missed a few try scoring opportunities, and I’m disappointed with my pass to Tom James, because that would have been a certain try, and I’ve cost the team a bonus point.

“But the win is the most important thing, and we’re still in the hunt. We’re looking forward to the next one.”

Wales’ capital region have now won their last four PRO12 fixtures and are within a point of sixth place with two games remaining.

They face the Ospreys at Judgement Day IV on April 30 (2.30pm) before a season finale in Edinburgh.

Patchell has been impressed with the continued progression under head coach Danny Wilson and is desperate to help the Blues claim a European Champions Cup place.

He said: “The club is moving in the right direction. We need a few results to go our way for us to break into that top six, but all we can do is win our games. There is a good feeling around the place now and it’s looking good for the future.

“What you often find is that small changes can lead to big things. The forwards have been amazing in the past few weeks.

“But there are still ways we can get better. You could see from the boys’ reaction at the end - we were delighted with the win, but felt we could’ve come away from this with more. But that is one of the big positives at the moment - the boys expect more by now.

“It’s great to see how Judgement Day has grown over the past few years. They have the ‘big games’ in England, played in Twickenham around Christmas time. It’s good to see so many supporters backing a similar idea in Wales.”