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Wilson insists Cardiff Blues must build on Cheetahs victory

10th February 2018

Danny Wilson insists his side must build on tonight's home victory over Toyota Cheetahs, as they continue a crucial block of Guinness PRO14 fixtures.

Cardiff Blues host Munster at the Arms Park next week before back-to-back games against Italian opposition, before a two-week break for the Anglo-Welsh Cup knockout stages.

Following a late onslaught from the visitors, Wilson was delighted with his side’s commitment in defence and believes they remain on track to hit this season’s targets.

“Drive defence was outstanding and the team defence was outstanding to close out and get the win,” said Wilson.

"I’m pleased we’ve come away with a win against a side that, points-wise, are comfortably ahead of us, and hopefully it’s the start of a block of four games that is very important for us in the season.

“It’s a very tight table, as we know, and that’s why these four games are massive.

“It’s a tough period for everyone, probably except the South African teams, because we all lose players to the Six Nations. That’s made it even more pleasing that we’ve started this block with a win.

“We came out of Europe with two good victories to give a quarter final, but our focus now has to be on getting four wins from these four games.

“Our goal was to reach the quarter final of the Challenge Cup, as a minimum, and also to qualify for the Champions Cup, whether that’s by winning a play-off or qualifying automatically, which would obviously be a preference.”

Next up is a visit from Munster, who currently sit second in Conference A following a 33-5 win over Zebre.

Wilson is looking forward to another tussle against the Limerick-based province, and hopes the Cardiff Arms Park atmosphere can push them over the line.

Wilson said: “We’ve had some great battles with Munster during my time here. We’ve had a couple of good wins against them, and also faced some tough losses.

“They’ll come here knowing that Championship points for them is vital.

“With it being fallow week, they’ll probably have some boys released back from the Ireland squad and hopefully we’ll have the same from Wales.

“It should make for another good game at home. We’re building some good form at home and had some really good results and I hope we’ll have a good crowd at the Arms Park.

“I’m very thankful to those who turned up today in those conditions, on the back of a long day of rugby, and it was fantastic to see.

“Hopefully we’ll get a load more in next week for a big home game against Munster.”