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Emanuel pays tribute to forwards' effort

Pathway | 29th January 2023

Steffan Emanuel paid tribute to the Cardiff U18 forwards as his side secured a convincing win over RGC on Sunday.

The Millfield centre produced a stand-out performance at the Arms Park, contributing an assist and two tries, which included a thrilling first half solo effort.

And while the backs may take the headlines, Emanuel insists it was the graft of the pack that laid the platform as Cardiff ran in seven tries in total.

“We were disappointed after losing to the Ospreys, so we were looking forward to the opportunity to play against RGC,” said the centre.

“We wanted to come out and play as much as we could, and that’s what we did. There were a few errors here and there but overall the boys played well.

“Coming into the game, as I say, we wanted to play our brand of rugby. The boys executed that the best that they could, and the scoreboard reflected that.

“A huge credit to the forward for making sure we got as much ball as we could, which helped get us on the front foot.

“The boys dug in deep for the majority of the game. Our leadership group were key during the game to make sure the boys kept it together.

“Our defence was superb today. Obviously there were a couple of penalties through ill-discipline but overall our defence was on top.

“I’m pleased with my performance and to obviously be on the end of a couple of tries, but this is a collective effort. We’ve all got a part to play.”

The young Blue and Blacks face a short turnaround with a trip to Llanelli on the cards on Wednesday.

With only three fixtures remaining in the Championship, Emanuel insists it’s important that Cardiff take each game as they come in the title race.

The Millfield product added: “This is the hard work part of the season, and now that today’s out of the way we’ll look immediately to the next game which is Scarlets on Wednesday.

“We’ll do our homework on them and continue to take it one game at a time and try to pick up as many points as we can.”