Cardiff Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett believes his squad are moving in the right direction despite a pre-season loss.
Cardiff Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett believes his squad are moving in the right direction despite a pre-season loss at Leicester.
The Welsh region were defeated 21-17 at Welford Road with the regular season set to kick off next weekend, as the Blues travel to Zebre next Sunday.
Happy with his team's output, Hammett was pleased with the performance.
“We have been on a training camp in Leicester for the last three days, working on how we want to be seen as a region and as a team,” Hammett told the Blues website.
“We certainly wanted to be respected in time and we know words don't do that, you have got to do that with a performance. Tonight was a start. There are no points on that particular game, but we got out of it what we wanted.
“We have seen that our young boys have got to hit a certain level. They acquitted themselves pretty well at a place that is pretty proud and full of tradition.”
Hammett also singled out new signing Adam Jones for praise when it came to defining the squad's attitude, while also praising some other new recruits.
“From a commitment perspective – everyone was good. Manoa (Vosawai) was particularly strong on attack and on defence. In terms of some of our carry, Josh (Turnbull) was good,” added Hammett.
“It's hard to single out players until I've had a good look at the game. I'm often more concerned with the work off the ball as opposed to what is often written in the media, that is what wins games.
“Rhys (Patchell) is going to turn into a class player; a guy who works that hard will.
“It's important he continues to work hard and has clarity in the week so when he gets on the field he can dump any anxieties, that we all have as rugby players, and can just perform.
“It was good to see Sam (Warburton) back and he was menacing in the rucks, as he always is. Just having a guy like that in your side always raises the ability around you.
“Adam (Jones) has also been fantastic in the group. We've been on camp and have talked about the values and behaviours we want to live by this year and he was a really good contributor to that.”