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Humble Harries applauds squad effort in Scarlets win

First Team News | 16th May 2021

A humble Jason Harries has applauded Cardiff Blues' overall squad effort in the Rainbow Cup victory over Scarlets, despite producing one of the stand-out moments of the encounter in Llanelli.

The wing managed a rare charge down of Leigh Halfpenny's attempted conversion in front of the posts, which ultimately proved pivotal in the one-point victory for Dai Young's side.

Harries admits he was chuffed to see his efforts finally pay off, but insisted it was ultimately a team effort that secured maximum points down west.

"It’s something I’ve always tried if someone takes a conversion against us. You’ve got that right to charge down," explained the former Wales Sevens star.

"So I took a chance as a bit of an instinct when I saw Leigh lining the kick up. I managed to get my hands on the ball to stop it going over and it was nice because it doesn’t happen very often.

"But there’s a lot of rugby played in 80 minutes and it’s easy to look back with hindsight. There was only a point in the end result and this saved us two points.

"The truth about it is that the whole squad effort was enough to win that game and as a squad we’re very happy.

"However, we’re always looking at those small percentages in our game to be on top of the opposition, and we’ll continue to attempt things like this."

It was Cardiff's third victory of the season over the Llanelli outfit, as they made it back-to-back wins in the Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup.

However, with an away clash against Munster on the horizon, Harries hopes his side can carry momentum into the final two fixtures of the campaign.

"We’re very happy to get the win down here. It’s never an easy game against Scarlets and you know it’s always going to be a tough task when you get here," adds the wing.

"But we did enough in the end to come away with the victory.

"It was a game of two halves. We scored a couple of nice tries in the first half but we couldn’t put more pressure on Scarlets in the second half to build on the scoreboard.

"With Scarlets, you know they’re a good team who always have the ability to score tries, but we were glad to hold out in the end.

"We’ve got momentum on our side now. There’s no game next week but then we’re off to Munster out in Ireland. 

"With such a short competition, and a small amount of games, we must look to win all of them and now we’re looking forward to going out to Munster."