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Connacht victory can kick start Cardiff Blues season - Dacey

28th September 2017

Krisitan Dacey insists last week's nail biting victory at Connacht was just the start of Cardiff Blues' season, as they prepare for another tough trip to take on Munster at Thomond Park.

Jarrod Evans slotted a last minute conversion in difficult conditions as Danny Wilson’s side picked up their first victory of the campaign.

Dacey, who linked up with the British and Irish Lions squad as injury cover over the summer, believes the manner of victory in Galway will provide the squad with a big mental boost and he was delighted to seal the win at a tough away venue.

“Everyone’s happy to get the win but we know that’s not our season completed now. That’s just the start and these are the results we need to pick up on the road and, more importantly, at home,” said Dacey.

“It’s a very hard place to go, and somewhere I’ve never won. I think the closest I’ve come is a draw back in 2014.

“It was a massive win. Obviously we’ve had a tough start to the season, and for the boys who have played in the first couple of games and been a bit down, to come back and get a win out there in those conditions was huge for us.

“They obviously scored that try late on, but we had belief that we were capable of coming back, it was just a case of getting over the line and doing it.

“The boys dug in, stuck to structure, didn’t panic and came away with that try at the end really.

“In the past, it’s happened to us where teams have nicked it in the last couple of minutes, whether it’s a penalty kick or a drop goal, so for us to that to someone else is a bit of a change.

“Mentally, it makes us think we’re here and capable of getting wins like that, so hopefully it will flick a switch and we can use these performances going forward and get the results.

“It was massive for Jarrod as well. He’s a young boy and it’s also massive for us as a club, to get that first win.”

Dacey, who picked up his fourth Welsh cap over the summer, made his first appearance for the region at the Sportsground, after recovering from a groin injury.

Dacey was delighted to return to action but insists all focus must now turn towards Saturday’s clash against Munster.

Dacey said: “For me it was a case of getting out there and seeing where I was in terms of my groin, as I hadn’t done a lot of running up to that point.

“To get out there and play 60 minutes was massive and a big confidence booster for me.

“We got the players here, but we’ve let ourselves down over the past couple of years especially with the squad that we’ve had. 

“We are boys who are striving to finish in the top 3, but places like Connacht and Munster is where we have to go and pick up results.

“We started well with Connacht and must take it over to Munster.

“We’ve had two home games, which we’ve lost, and it’s something we’ve got to put right the week after against Dragons.”