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Cook to cherish memories of historic win

21st October 2017

Macauley Cook will cherish memories of Cardiff Blues' European Challenge Cup victory over Toulouse for a lifetime after scoring the match-winning try at Stade Ernest Wallon.

The Blues trailed 15-10 at the break but Cook’s effort, converted by Jarrod Evans, proved decisive in the south of France.

It was the first time Wales’ Capital Region have triumphed in Toulouse and the victory ensures Danny Wilson’s men remain top of Pool Two.

Cook said: “It’s a brilliant feeling to win out here. Not many teams come to this place and win so it’s a terrific feeling.

“The boys dug in and were hanging on in patches but you need a bit of luck sometimes to come to these places. It’s not often that you win in France, out in Toulouse and to score a try… but what a performance from the boys. I will always remember this one.”

The Blues made six changes for the encounter but it had little impact as the young guns fired once more.

Thirteen of the squad were Cardiff Blues academy products and Cook has been impressed by the developing strength in depth.

And it could have been more, with the Blues dominating large periods of the second-half with man-of-the-match Matthew Morgan and Rey Lee-Lo causing havoc.

Cook added: “We made some changes with some boys having a bit of a rest but we have such strength in depth and so many young boys coming through from the academy that we are confident with whoever we play. 

“They certainly showed that today, they fronted up, we nullified their drive and managed to get a try of our own.

“We spoke before the game and said we weren’t going to come here and go for points, we were going to come here and have a go. That’s certainly what we did, we turned down kicks at goals at times, drove a lineout and scored and that shows our intent. 

“Going in at 15-10 at the interval, is always a positive result in a place like this and we managed to score and hold on in the second-half.” 

Following the Guinness PRO14 clash with the Scarlets, the Blues return to Cardiff Arms Park on November 4, when they take on Connacht. Tickets for Cardiff Blues v Connacht, and their next home game against Zebre are on sale now.