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Adams left proud as Cardiff Blues make it back-to-back wins over Scarlets

First Team News | 25th January 2021

Josh Adams was proud to see his side showing consistency in their performances as they made it back-to-back victories over Conference B rivals, Scarlets, on Friday.

After securing a stunning 29-20 win at Cardiff City Stadium a fortnight ago, Dai Young’s side made it two from two in west Wales with a gritty performance that was inspired by an aggressive defence and a moment of magic.

Adams, who links up with the Wales squad ahead of the Guinness Six Nations this week, believes the signs are positive for his side and hopes the last two victories have given them a platform to build on.

“The last two games have been excellent from our point of view, and have definitely been a step-up from what we’ve seen previously in the season,” said the Welsh international.

“I’m glad that we could back up the previous win. We didn’t want it to be a one-off.

“We showed how could we could be last time out, and we wanted to show that again this week and prove that it wasn’t a fluke and we could back that performance up, and we certainly did that.

“We said in the changing room afterwards that if their try comes from a cross-field kick like it did, we’d be disappointed but we’d take that, especially down at Parc y Scarlets.

“To be honest, I don’t think they looked like scoring apart from that.

“Our defence has probably been our strongest point throughout this season and we certainly showed that we’ve taken it a level up in that area.

“This game was vitally important for our standing in the Conference, but also in terms of proving that we can back up our performances.

“There’s a few weekends off now, while some of us are going away with Wales, so I hope the boys that are staying here can build on this and make sure that we improve going forward.

“There’s always banter flying around the Wales camp between boys from different regions, so it will be nice to be able to say that we’ve done them over twice, home and away.

“It’s the usual banter you get in the Welsh camp.”

With Cory Hill departing with a hamstring injury in the first half, Adams took over the captaincy duties for the first time in Cardiff colours.

It was a new yet enjoyable experience for the wing, who had some big calls to make in the final moments of the game: “It was a bit unexpected to be honest. When Cory went off, I think everyone expected that Turnbull would take over but when he came to me and said I was captain then I was a little bit shocked.

“But it was responsibility that I was happy to have and I had a lot of help around me on the field with a lot of experienced boys out there.

“If that’s something they want me to do in the future then I’d be more than happy to do it.”

A perfectly-timed delay pass from Jarrod Evans paved the way for Matthew Morgan to score the decisive try of the evening on his 100th appearance.

Having praised him in the week, Adams wasn’t surprised to see yet another moment of magic from playmaker Evans but praised the work of the forward pack to give the backs a licence to thrill.

Adams added: “Again, Jarrod is full of tricks, he’s got that magic in him and all he needs is one opportunity to show it.

“To be fair, there was a lot of work done up front for him, and I haven’t mentioned the forwards yet and they were outstanding.

“Their physicality once again put us on the front foot and they really took it to the Scarlets.

“And then if you give Jarrod chances then he will take them every day.”