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Boss: We must convert pressure into points

2nd November 2014

Director of Rugby Mark Hammett insists his Cardiff Blues must start turning pressure into points if they are to climb the Guinness PRO12.

Blues suffered a late 28-24 defeat to Munster at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, despite scoring tries from Lucas Amorosino and Manoa Vosawai.

The home side dominated territory for long periods of the game, but the boot of visiting fly half JJ Hanrahan – who finished with 21 points from seven penalties – saw them have to settle for a losing bonus point that moves the region into ninth spot in the Guinness PRO12.

Hammer said: “Anyone who walks away from that game is scratching their head as to why we didn’t win; but that is down to turning pressure into points.

“When you turn pressure into points then it builds on the opposition not us. That is something we will work on throughout the season.

“I knew there was going to be hard months and good months. The last month has been better and I include this game in that.

“We now have the LV=Cup window and we will rest several players, freshen them up and then we have big games against Edinburgh and Treviso.”

Meanwhile, Hammer revealed the region would assess the fitness of full back Rhys Patchell after he was forced off in the second half.

“Patch got a bit of a hamstring twinge so we will see how he is,” added Hammer. “In terms of his departure from the game, he was playing well. Fortunately we had a guy like Lucas (Amorosino) who we could put into that position.”