Cardiff coach Andi Kyriacou praised his players after a superb fightback secured them a 22-21 win over Newcastle on Friday.
Cardiff Blues coach Andi Kyriacou hailed his players after a superb second-half fightback secured them a 22-21 win over Newcastle Falcons on Friday.
The Blues trailed 21-7 at half-time but converted tries from Rhys Williams and Rory Watts-Jones, and a penalty from Simon Humberstone clinched a deserved victory.
We’re absolutely stoked with that result because 16 of that 23 matchday squad have come through the Blues Academy system,” said Kyriacou.
“It’s great for the region and the players will gain a lot of experience and heart from that performance.
“I was really happy for some of our senior fringe players too who stepped it up in that second half and put in a good display.
“As a squad we’ve trained hard all week and we believe there are more performances like that to come in this competition and we will see the future of the region going forward.”
Newcastle Falcons flanker Richard Mayhew admitted his side would take a long hard look at themselves after conceding 15 unanswered points in the second half.
“They came out with more energy and were more physical, and they looked like they wanted it more in the second half,” said Mayhew.
“They just dominated the second half and we just didn’t turn up. We were very average, very soft and very passive – everything we didn’t want to be.
“We are very, very angry and disappointed with ourselves.
“We didn’t cope with the sin-binning very well and didn’t show very good composure and we have to look at ourselves because it’s just not good enough.”