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Hurt Warburton demands pride is restored

10th April 2015

Captain Sam Warburton branded the opening half at Scotstoun Stadium as one of the worst in his time at Cardiff Blues and called on the players to now restore pride after defeat to Glasgow Warriors.

Cardiff Blues were forced to endure a frustrating and hugely disappointing night in Scotland as the Warriors cut lose in the second quarter to wrap up a bonus point by the break.

Gareth Davies and Dan Fish scored second half tries as Blues won the second 40-minutes – with Warburton revealing that had been the very least demanded from inside the dressing room at the interval.

And with Ospreys and Judgement Day III on the horizon in two weeks, Warburton has demanded Blues now erase the painful memories of this lose and produce their best rugby of the season.

“We have got to start putting some pride back in that jersey with action not words,” said Warburton.

“The first half was probably one of the worst I have been involved in in a Cardiff Blues shirt. A few missed tackles led to tries and gave them a massive amount of momentum.

“We tried to compete at the breakdown and got penalised, gave away too many penalties. The first half was so disappointing.

“We went in at half-time and said we had to draw a line under it and treat it as a 40-minute match that we had to come out on top of.

“We didn’t roll over and despite the fact we can’t qualify for the top competition in Europe we still gave it everything in that second half.”

Cardiff Blues now face back-to-back derby games with Ospreys and Scarlets and Warburton revealed he was determined to be involved in the closing weeks of the campaign.

“I never find it hard to have the motivation to play for Cardiff Blues,” he said. “I came to Glasgow to play, the coaches gave me the option of having a rest ahead of Ospreys but I really wanted to get out there and put in a shift for Blues.

“We only have three games left so we need to go out all guns glazing. We have a week off now and we have got to go hard until the end of the season. Nothing else is good enough.

“We are going to have to produce one of our best performances of the season to beat the Ospreys. They are a top quality side and when we went to the Liberty Stadium we were well beaten.

“They are a well drilled team and have some big players so we will need to produce a huge performance and that is what I expect us to do.”