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Wilson issues rallying call after Connacht defeat

13th February 2017

Danny Wilson has called for a response following Cardiff Blues' agonising defeat to Connacht at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday.

In difficult conditions the Blues failed to build enough of a score in the first-half and saw the reigning Guinness PRO12 champions battle back.

The defeat puts a dent in their hopes of climbing into the top six, which would secure a European Champions Cup spot, and Wilson has now called for his side to win their next three matches.

That begins with the visit of Benetton Treviso on Saturday before a trip to Edinburgh and a return to Cardiff to face Championship leaders Munster.

Wilson said: “Credit to Connacht they have come here and done a job on us. We now have to make sure we come in on Monday and work hard to put this right. 

“We play Treviso on Saturday which is now a huge game, the next three games we have to win.

“We targeted three out of four wins in this block, we have lost the first one so we have to win the next three it’s as simple as that. 

“It’s a big ask, we’re playing some decent opposition but we have to get in and work hard. We’ve let our supporters down, ourselves down and we need to put that right next week.”

Cardiff Blues lead 13-0 going into the closing stages of the first half thanks to the boot of Gareth Anscombe and a Nick Williams try.

But Connacht struck against the run of play, with Matt Healy crossing for a converted try. The Irish province continued to battle back in the second-half, with the wind on their backs with Cooney keeping the scoreboard ticking.

They took the lead thanks to a Tiernan O’Halloran drop-goal in the 78th minute before a penalty rubbed salt into the Blues’ wounds.

Wilson added: “In the second-half going into the wind we didn’t play the game particularly well in terms of dealing with the conditions and opposition. We have over-played in the middle against a team who were very good over the ball.

“We thrive off speed of ball and we couldn’t get any, it was very slow and that’s credit to Connacht for the way they dealt with the breakdown.

“At the end of the game we could have come away with a draw, as negative as that sounds, but from exiting our line was broken twice and we ended up camped on our line again.”