Defeat will help Hammett's Blues

Date published: September 16 2014

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Cardiff Blues boss Mark Hammett believes he will get a better insight into his squad following their heavy loss to Glasgow Warriors.

Cardiff Blues boss Mark Hammett believes he will get a better insight into his squad following their heavy loss to Glasgow Warriors.

Last season's Pro12 runners-up were easy winners at Arms Park last Sunday, with the score finishing 12-33.

Hammett arrived from Super Rugby side the Hurricanes earlier this year and is still getting to know his players, with the 'adversity' of losing likely to reveal the true character of his squad.

“A good thing for me is this week we will see how a group deal with adversity,” Hammett said.

“That's another first for me. I'm really interested to see whether we lift our heads up and say 'we got one on the nose and it's time to go again' or whether we shrug our shoulders. We will see what we get.

“No-one likes losing. It's the worst thing in the world, but it's part of sport, you win and you lose.

“I've been in teams and groups where we have never lost and I have been in other groups where we have lost week on week on week.

“You learn a lot of things from losing. As long as we keep making gains as a group, I won't say I'm happy – because winning makes us happy – but it will certainly go a long way to achieving long-term what we want to get.

“As coaches, as a management group and as players, we have got to move on very quickly.

“We are already looking at Ulster as coaches. It will be about designing a plan for them.”

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