Blog Banner

John Mulvihill delighted with Cardiff Blues character following stunning comeback

24th February 2019

John Mulvihill was delighted to see Cardiff Blues show what they're made of as they produced a stunning comeback to seal an "important win" over Edinburgh on Saturday.

Following first half scores from Nathan Fowles and Viliame Mata, Wales’ Capital Region found themselves 17-points behind after Jaco van der Walt’s 52nd minute penalty.

However, replacement wing Jason Harries proved to be a catalyst for the visitors, as he grabbed two tries and assisted Lloyd Williams to haunt his former club.

Mulvihill believes the victory could prove to be momentous in the race for third spot in Conference A, and was delighted with his side’s reaction after the break.

“This is a team of huge character. We’ve been scoring points when we’re down all season, and as a coach you do wish we could start a bit better than we did,” said the head coach.

“It was a tough start for us and we were lacking a little bit of cohesion in the first half.

“It was quite flat from us and it a similar feeling to when we played against the Ospreys away over the festive period, where we sat down and thought it was going to be tough for us.

“But there was no yelling and screaming at half time, and to the boys’ credit we had a good week in training and got back to doing what we’re good at.

“Thankfully we managed to do that, and came away with a really good win and an important win for us in the context of the season.

“Our line-out was amazing tonight. We won every line-out we had and we put their line-out under a lot of pressure too.

“Connacht play Ospreys next week, and there will be a winner and a loser there, so it’s really important that we have a good week to give us a chance of picking up another huge win against our home crowd against Kings.”

The encounter saw the return of super-sub Harries following a foot injury which kept him out since December’s Heineken Champions Cup clash at Saracens.

Mulvihill welcomed the return of the former Wales Sevens star, but also praised in-form Aled Summerhill, who switched to full back for the first time this season in the second half

The head coach added: “Jason Harries was really good, and he was one of our form players earlier in the season, playing the first 13 games for us.

“Unfortunately he picked up an injury but he fought his way back into the team and gives us another headache because the back three is firing.

“It was good to see Jason play in front of his family and fans at Edinburgh.

“Aled’s face at half time, when I said he was going to full back, was priceless. But he has played there before and trained there during the week.

“He played really well there. He was good under the high ball and really added a spark as the second wide receiver on the edge.”