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Wilson thrilled by epic derby comeback win

1st January 2016

Head Coach Danny Wilson hailed the 'heart and fight' shown by his Cardiff Blues as they battled back to stun Scarlets and claim a 29-27 Guinness PRO12 derby win in front of a sell-out crowd at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

A late and dramatic try from Alex Cuthbert secured a stunning comeback from Cardiff Blues as they made it two wins from two in the festive regional derbies.

Earlier scores from Cory Allen, Dan Fish and Kristian Dacey had put Cardiff Blues on the way after Scarlets stormed into an early lead in an enthralling derby encounter.

“It was a good derby” said Wilson. “It was exciting and that is important for rugby in Wales, that these games in front of packed houses are good to watch. I felt we put on an exciting game.

“I am extremely proud of this squad of players and it’s another win. It’s been 10 years and over since Blues have had two wins at this time of year in derby games and we’ve achieved that today.

“It’s a five-pointer, scoring four tries, to hopefully give us a springboard and help us climb the league.”

Asked about conceding two early tries that were handed to Scarlets after mistakes, Wilson added: “We don’t do things easily- there is no doubt about that!

“But we scored four good tries from playing some really good rugby and credit to the boys.

“We were down on the scoreboard, but we showed real heart and fight for something they believe in. We came away with the win and Christmas derbies are always end to end.

“That is four wins out of five for us now and we showed be credited not questioned about how they got there.”