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Williams pleased with 'ugly win'

Blues News | 3rd March 2019


Nick Williams was pleased to get the job done as Cardiff Blues battled to a bonus-point win over Southern Kinds in atrocious conditions at the Arms Park.

Wales’ Capital Region failed to fire in the Guinness PRO14 encounter, but they did what was necessary as they sealed a maximum-points haul. It takes their tally from the latest block of fixtures to 11-points from a possible 15 and keeps them firmly in the play-off hunt.

It was far from plain sailing as Storm Freya swept into the Arms Park and they trailed early in the second-half despite a try from Owen Lane after two minutes.

Further tries from Nick Williams, Olly Robinson and Jason Harries saw them overcome the deficit and the bulldozing number eight, who continues as captain, insists the other thing that matters was the five points for the Conference A table.

He said: “That weather was as Welsh as you can get but it was job done . You win ugly, you win pretty but it’s a win and that’s it.

“In this block of matches we agreed as a group with John that nothing less than 10 points was a good enough and we got 11 points so as ugly as it was, we reached our goal.

 

 

 

“Our discipline wasn’t the best and it probably wasn’t the best game to watch in all honesty – unless you were standing in the middle of the pitch you wouldn’t realise how blustery the conditions were.

“We probably overplayed our hand in the first-half and again our discipline wasn’t the best. I said to the boys at half-time that we needed to push the refresh button, play down their end and hopefully the tries will come as they did in the end.  

“The big thing about this block was that we needed 10 plus points to have games in our own hands and destiny in our own hands. It’s going to be tough, the Scarlet boys will be gunning for us, especially after our win over the Christmas period, but that’s something to look forward to.

“It’s a good thing that we have a week off now and can put that game to bed, push the reset button and spend some time with our families.”

Despite recording a bonus-point win, fellow play-off rivals Connacht moved back to third place on points difference.

Cardiff Blues return to action on March 22, when they host the Scarlets at Cardiff Arms Park. Tickets are available now by calling 029 20 302030 or by clicking here.