Champions Cup spot delights Danny Wilson

Date published: April 15 2018

Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson hailed his team after their win at the Kings, which secured them a place in next season's Champions Cup.

With Ospreys losing to Ulster at Kingspan Stadium, the Blues knew a victory would see them claim a place at Europe's top table once again.

And they did it in style in a seven-try 45-12 win at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, with Wilson understandably delighted with the performance.

"We were hugely motivated to achieve a goal that had been set for a long time, which was to get back into the Champions Cup," he told Cardiff Blues' website.

"To do it in the manner we did it, especially the first-half performance, was fantastic and showed how extremely motivated the boys have been for that goal.

"We were fully aware coming here of how dangerous the Kings are and we talked a lot this week about some of the individual players and the quality they have. 

"We saw their mind-set tonight to attack from everything and everywhere, quick throw-ins from lineouts, running from deep but we knew if we could suffocate them and keep them in good positions then we would get some rewards.

"It was a pleasing game, a pleasing performance and it's ended in us achieving a goal that has been set for a while now.

"For Cardiff Blues and for this groups of players it is a fantastic achievement. Every year we have improved our number of wins each year and the culmination of that is getting into the Champions Cup, which is something we're extremely proud of."