Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson has hailed the "outstanding" Willis Halaholo following his man-of-the-match performance against Treviso.
Halaholo was one of two debutants to cross the whitewash in the hard-fought victory at Stadio di Monigo – Wales U20 star Rhun Williams the other.
Halaholo, a 2016 Super Rugby winner with the Hurricanes, created another try for Macauley Cook and Wilson was full of praise for the rookie duo making their first appearance for the region.
"Both really showed what they are capable of. A young lad in Rhun, we've seen bits and pieces of him and it's nice he's now got to this stage where he's had his first game for Cardiff Blues and a good one," Wilson told the Cardiff Blues website.
"We got our first look at Willis and I thought he was outstanding, his footwork is phenomenal and that's on quite a heavy pitch – imagine what he could do on our pitch.
"I'm really pleased with the performance. Some of our attacking rugby was outstanding. We said all week it's a big night if you can get a win out here."
The victory, Cardiff Blues' first in Treviso in four years, brought an end to a three-match losing streak in the PRO12.
Following last week's disappointing derby defeat to Scarlets, Wilson called for a response and he was pleased with the spirit shown in the scrappy triumph.
He said: "It was important that we bounced back from last week against Scarlets in the same vein as we did from a poor performance against Ospreys to beat Bristol the next week.
"To do that away from home at a venue where we have not won for four years is a cracking win and credit to the boys. They showed outstanding spirit, at times in that game we were certainly up against it; we conceded too many soft tries, which we need to have a look at but to show the fight, the hunger to get that away win and not cave was outstanding."