Harri Millard belives Cardiff Blues can be positive after a dramatic comeback saw them clinch two bonus points in the 10-try thriller against Glasgow Warriors on Saturday.
John Mulvihill’s side crossed for five tries on the evening, but Peter Horne’s boot proved decisive as the Scottish outfit left the Welsh capital with maximum points.
However, the two points draw the Blues level on points with Ospreys in Conference A, while Connacht occupy third place, four points clear of the Welsh regions.
The centre, who has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at the Arms Park, was proud of his side’s never-say-die attitude in the frantic encounter, as they almost pulled off a miraculous victory, but believes the first half eventually proved to be their downfall.
“I think we can be a bit positive about the fact that we’ve come away with two points on the board, because heading into the final 15 minutes we were set to come away empty-handed,” said Millard.
We’ll take those points, but we also know that we could’ve snatched a win at the end, but things just didn’t happen for us in that final play.
“It was disappointing to lose in the end because we had the momentum heading into the final five minutes of the game.
“When you saw Nipper [Matthew Morgan] going down that right hand side, you really felt that anything was possible and that we could get back into the lead late on.
“We’ve played against Glasgow four times this season, and each time they’ve effectively won the game in the first half and managed to put more than 20 points on us.
“It’s disappointing once again because we really worked hard on this game in training.
“As we know, Glasgow are a good side who are tough to beat and there is a reason that they’ve been around the top of the Conference throughout the season.”
The race for a play-off spot continues as the Blues travel to Edinburgh on Saturday, looking to close the gap on third-placed Connacht.
Millard has emphasised the importance of every game in the business-end of the campaign, as Cardiff Blues look to seal a place in next season’s Heineken Champions Cup.
The former Wales under-20 international said: “It’ll be a close run for the third spot in our Conference, and we’re fully aware that we need to win the majority of our games until the end of the season.
“It’s going to be a challenge for us as a group, but we have to make sure we continue to work hard in training and prepare well for each game as they come.
“We want to throw everything at these games. We haven’t got anything to lose - we’ll throw the kitchen sink at it.”