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John pleased with record breaking performance

16th January 2015

Back Coach Paul John praised a recorded breaking performance from his Cardiff Blues as they secured a 104-12 win over Femi-CZ Rugby Rovigo.

Scoring 16 tries, converting 12 and registering a 104 -12 win, which is Cardiff Blues record European score and winning margin.

“The priority was to get the win and get the bonus point,” he said. “You can see from their actions that this meant a lot to them and their attitude remained focused throughout the game which was very pleasing.

“We knew their lineout drive was very good and we nullified that all bar one.

“Obviously delighted to get such a big score. We were pleased by the boys overall commitment. This was typified by Cory Allen racing back 60 metres or so to stop them scoring that one try when they had intercepted.

“It’s not necessarily about the amount we scored but the way and how the boys applied themselves.

“Scott Andrews has to have a mention for playing in the second row because we prepared well for that and he is an excellent rugby player. You could see that out there with the touches he gave during the game. He should be praised for the attitude he has shown this week.”

Next up in the European Challenge Cup Cardiff Blues will look to build on this impressive performance as they travel to France where they will face Grenoble in the final match in the pool stages.

“We have to go there and do the job against difficult opposition,” he said.

“If we play like we have against Rovigo and look after the ball then we will have a good chance of scoring some tries. However, we have to apply ourselves in a potentially more difficult game away in France.

“We have put ourselves in a good position after getting what we needed against Rovigo. It’s going to be a big week for us.”