Hammett wants response in Italy

Date published: February 17 2015

Cardiff Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett is looking for a response from his charges when they take on Treviso at Stadio Monigo this Friday.

Following a 33-16 defeat at Munster – a result Hammett admits had left him reeling – the Blues are on the road again this week when they travel to Italy.

"We had an upfront and honest review about the game – there was no holding back and the guys have responded really well," Hammett told the Blues.

"It was disappointing because in the Guinness PRO12 this year we have gone up and up in terms of our performance. But we let ourselves down in Munster and we need to make amends for that.

"In a good high performance environment you are always on edge," he added. 

"You are always demanding more of each other and to be successful that is the environment and culture you need, one that is always challenging.

"The players have been good here but like all environments you need the leaders to lead. Young guys have to be professional and all of us have to challenge the way we do things.

"I have been lucky enough to be involved in some top teams like the All Blacks and the Crusaders, and they were really challenging teams to be part of. We are in a situation when we are not in the place we want to be in the table so that makes it a challenge."