We showed good signs – Hammett

Date published: November 29 2014

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Cardiff Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett praised the intensity shown by his side as they claimed a 36-25 win over Treviso on Friday.

Cardiff Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett praised the intensity shown by his charges as they picked up a 36-25 triumph over Treviso on Friday.

Lloyd Williams, Joaquin Tuculet, Richard Smith, Kristian Dacey and Rory Watts-Jones all scored as the Blues ended their PRO12 losing streak.

And Hammett was pleased with the way his side responded and learnt the lessons of the defeat to Edinburgh to pick up the bonus-point victory.

“The last few weeks we have been superb from a preparation perspective, but I think last week we missed the intensity in the game,” he explained to Cardiff Blues‘ website following the positive result.

“Tonight we prepared well after a short turnaround and I thought the boys were good in terms of our intensity.

“I felt we learnt the lessons of last week,” he added. “We were more composed and we didn’t put anyone in the rucks so we could maintain our line. We showed good signs.

“We had talked about how critical it was that we got a win. It was important to win at home and hopefully last week was just a blip because we had been going on the up.”

Hammett also praised the performance of the two Josh’s – Navidi and Turnbull – in the win which was their first in the PRO12 season at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

“I thought Josh Navidi was very good. I don’t normally like to single players out but he was good as was Josh Turnbull,” he said.

“He was huge in terms of his performance. He wasn’t as visual but the amount of grunt work he got through, with driving and scrummaging. It was good to see Craig Mitchell back too.”

Meanwhile, Cardiff Blues will assess the leg injury to Gareth Anscombe over the next 48 hours after he was forced off at half-time on his home debut.

“We had Gareth Anscombe come off with a leg injury at half-time so we will see over the next 24 to 48 hours how he is,” added Hammett.

“Sometimes you can shake them off. They are not normally long-term but each player is different and we will see how he reacts.”

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