Cardiff boss Mark Hammett sang Rhys Patchell's praises after the pivot guided the Welsh region to victory over Zebre on Sunday.
Cardiff Blues boss Mark Hammett sang Rhys Patchell's praises after the pivot guided the Welsh region to victory over Zebre on Sunday.
Patchell scored 21 points – through a try, five penalties and two conversions – in Cardiff's 41-26 victory in Parma and Hammett is hoping the 21-year-old will grow into a genuine leader in his team.
The Wales international made a nervy start – missing two penalties – but scored the first points of Hammett's tenure in charge of the Blues via his try and stepped up a gear as the game progressed.
“Patch produced some magic in the early stages, some real talent and X-Factor early in the first half that got us into the lead,” said Hammett.
“But what I was more pleased with was as the game went on he started controlling it and that was great to see.
“Obviously it's nice to see him kick goals and score tries, but I think for Patch to go forward and move on we want to see him become a real vocal leader and drive the team around.
“It was a good start from him.”