Wilson vows to right Cardiff’s wrongs

Date published: December 4 2016

Cardiff Blues boss Danny Wilson has vowed his team will put matters right on the training ground after suffering a frustrating loss to Ulster on Saturday.

A failure to take opportunities and errors cost the Blues dearly as Ulster displayed their ruthless edge.

They led 21-8 at the break following a clinical first half but the Blues battled back following the break.

They were unable to turn pressure into points until the final quarter when Willis Halaholo and Alex Cuthbert crossed but any hope of a comeback evaporated as a second charge-down try was conceded.

“Plain and simple it’s not a performance that’s acceptable or good enough from us at home. We conceded points from our lack of accuracy and we keep pressure on ourselves from a huge amount of errors,” Wilson told Cardiff Blues’ official website.

“We have conceded 14-points from charge-downs, 14 points from a yellow card, we can’t score from a driving lineout, dropping the ball over the line at the back twice – it’s accuracy which isn’t like us and we have to work hard and be tough on each other. Ulster took their chances. For 25 minutes the game was pretty competitive and even but a yellow card and they scored 14-points and we’re chasing the game. We had opportunities at the beginning of the second-half to get the game back in grasp but we could do it.

“We created enough opportunities but we couldn’t finish. We started the season extremely well but we’ve hit a rough patch with only one win against Benetton Treviso and now we have to gel quickly as a group, get back on the training ground and work hard to put some of the things in recent performances right. We have to get out of this period of tough results and back to what we saw at the start of the season. This is a good side, a good group of players, we’re having issues at the moment but we’ll work hard to get them right.”

One of the biggest cheers of the night was reserved for former crowd favourite Nicky Robinson who was introduced in the second-half.

The fly-half showed flashes of his potential and played a part in Halaholo’s try before creating Cuthbert’s but he was then charged down for a Darren Cave score.

“It was great to see Nicky back on the pitch. We are all bright enough to realise it will take a bit of time to get him up to fitness but he showed his class with the ball,” added Wilson.

“It’s just sharpening him up to the level we all know and that will come from getting him on the training ground. He certainly hasn’t forgotten how to attack the line and play with width and tempo.”