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Cuthbert hails Lee-Lo talent in latest episode of RE:LIVE

CRTV | 12th May 2020

Alex Cuthbert and team manager Gafyn Cooper were the latest to join the RE:LIVE series, as they recalled the memorable Judgement Day victory over Ospreys in 2017.

The Wales international was a stand-out player that day, causing problems for the Ospreys defence with his lung-busting carries and playing his part in four of the five tries scored by Danny Wilson’s side.

He has since moved to Exeter Chiefs and has set up a business venture, Fitap, alongside former Wales and Cardiff Blues team-mate, Gareth Anscombe.

However, he paid tribute to the man on his inside that day, Rey Lee-Lo, who Cuthbert says is one of the stand-out players he’s shared the pitch with.

Cuthbert said: “Rey, attacking in those outside channels, was undefendable at times.

“He’s up with the best I’ve played with. When I joined, Casey would’ve been at 13 and I thought he was one of the best players I’ve played with.

“Rey was very similar. He always beats the first defender and always seems to have that offload chance so I always used to follow boys like that as a wing. 

“If they beat the first line of defence, then all I have to do is try to get hold of that offload and do the business.

“But Rey is one of those players great players all year round. He doesn’t dip his form and he seems to be solid in every game.

“He can put some good shots in defensively too and seems to read the game really well.”

After Kristian Dacey crossed for an early try, he was joined on the scoresheet by Nick Williams, Lloyd Williams, Taufa’ao Filise and outside half Anscombe.

Team manager, Cooper, remembers an exciting second half to the campaign, that would eventually lead to the Challenge Cup success the following season.

Cooper added: “We had a pretty strong and exciting end to our season, starting with the quarter final against Gloucester in the Challenge Cup.

“Cuthy scored two tries in that game and it was great occasion but we fell away in the second half.

“But that gave us a lot to play towards the end of the season and we went over to Leinster, losing by only a point, and gave Ulster a really good game in Belfast.

“Rey was on fire and scored two really good tries and we drew 24-all leading into Judgement Day.

“Everyone gets up for Judgement Day because it’s obviously a little bit different from a regular PRO14 game with the crowd and playing at the Principality.

“You raise your game for it and we knew, leading into this game, that we hadn’t beaten Ospreys in the league since 2010 so that laid the platform for a really big game for us.

“The key to this was the emphasis we put on the pace we play at and starting really well against them.”