Cardiff Blues flanker Josh Navidi still believes that the region can climb the table this season, despite defeat to Leinster.
Jarrad Hoeata’s straight red card set the home side back for the majority of the contest after opening up a good lead over the champions, with the Blues at one point down to 13 men.
Navidi however took heart from the Blues’ effort and spirit despite the numerical disadvantage.
“Our ambition is to climb the table as high as we can – that hasn’t changed,” Navidi told the club’s website.
“The confidence is there but we are slipping off a few points and that is costing us. There is still much more we can do out in the pitch.
“We are aware that some games are slipping away and costing us. Hopefully we can now move into the European games and take it forward, build momentum and then come back into the Pro12 with some big wins.
“The result is hugely disappointing but the spirit shown by the boys for that game was absolutely outstanding.
“We dug in, with only 13 men on the pitch at one point, and I felt we did well considering who we were playing.”