Wilkinson pleased with progress

12th Jan 2013, 20:02

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Progress: Jonny Wilkinson

Progress: Jonny Wilkinson

Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson praised the quality of his side after their 45-25 victory over Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson praised the quality of his side after their 45-25 victory over Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

The French side ran in seven tries before the Blues scored three tries of their own in the closing stages, an outcome that disappointed Wilkinson.

"The end of the game was disappointing. It doesn't matter if you're a little bit ahead or in a tight game," said Wilkinson.

"We let a few tackles go, we let them come through the line and, ultimately, they scored a few good tries. It's not the way we want to finish any game.

"Cardiff started very well and we got caught a little bit cold with the try at the start. We picked up the pace, stuck together as a team and we built momentum and got a bit of a grip on it.

"We've got to congratulate ourselves for winning against a good team and getting to this stage but there's work to do - this tournament is only going to get harder. I've seen this game for 16 years and I know the guys here are as good as any team I have played with."

Cardiff Blues director of rugby Phil Davies admitted the opposition performed as expected, but was pleased with the finish by his young squad.

"We expected a tough, open game and we knew the conditions would be perfect for fast, flowing rugby.

"That's exactly what happened. We coped well at times but, on other occasions, it was just too much pressure for us and that's when Toulon scored.

"But you have to give some credit to our players for getting four tries. That bonus point out here, and from such a young team, was very satisfying

"The average age of our squad is 23. We have a lot of young players, but also strong characters. We want to finish the competition on a high note at home in round six and that will be our only focus over the next week."