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Davies praise for 'magnificent' display

19th October 2013

Boss Phil Davies heaped praise on a 'magnificent' performance from his Cardiff Blues as they stunned the champions of Europe to record one of the most memorable victories in the region's history.

A late try from Gareth Davies saw Blues shock reigning champions Toulon 19-15 in a sensational Heineken Cup clash at the Arms Park.

A thrilling atmosphere at the home of the Blues helped carry the home side home in a tense finale before greeting the final whistle with scenes of sheer delight.

And Davies, who also celebrated his birthday on the big day, was quick to pay tribute to a true team effort.

“We knew we were going in the right direction and the players today were magnificent,” he said.

“We know how we can play and that was more like what we are trying to achieve going forward against a very good team.

“We were disappointed with our first half last week, but what we did do was show some resilience and character in the second half. That bonus point looks pretty good today.

“We knew what we had to tighten up and we have done that. We had to make sure that physically and emotionally today we were up another level.

“That was perhaps the youngest back line we have ever put on the field so that was quite a testament to the players and to the regional pathway.”

Davies was also delighted for last action hero Gareth Davies who stepped off the bench to score the most dramatic of tries.

“We were patient in terms of the way we were moving the ball and we were trying to get ourselves on our feet a bit quicker than them,” he said.

“Gareth showed a lot of guts to move the ball, we put a decoy pass in and he was through.

“I thought he got tackled, it was a bit of a jack in the box moment, but I was delighted and I’m sure over 10,000 people were pleased too.

“He is a good little player for us and does a great job so I am pleased for him.

“Gareth works hard and doesn’t always get the game time with Patchell’s development. But he is a great team man, squad player and today I was confident putting him on because I knew he would attack the line. He was quite devastating with that score.

“We are back in the competition,” he adde. “We have five points, which is pleasing, and we have got to gradually build and be more consistent.

“What we are chasing is consistency. If we can produce something like that every week, and be more accurate and efficient, it will be great.”