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Mulvihill crowns Cardiff Arms Park crowd as PRO14's finest

21st September 2018

John Mulvihill has crowned the Cardiff Arms Park crowd as the Guinness PRO14's "best supporters" as his side claimed a stunning victory over Munster on Friday.

Tries from Nick Williams, Willis Halaholo and a Tomos Williams brace ensured a first victory of the campaign for Wales’ Capital Region - securing the bonus point in proceedings.

The Cardiff Blues head coach was also ran out of superlatives to describe his team, who showed character to bounce back following three gut-wrenching defeats in recent weeks.

“I said before the game that we were looking forward to a packed Cardiff Arms Park,” said Mulvihill.

“They’re the best supporters in the competition and again they were out in force - whether that was having a go at the referee or TMO, celebrating the tries or gasping at the near misses.

“They’re an extra player for us, and it’s only good for us that they keep the pressure on ourselves but also keep the pressure on the game. That’s gives us something to build on.

“The senior players really stepped up and controlled that game. We kept knocking it over getting two scores in front, then three scores in front.

“I know the boys decided to chase the bonus point towards the end. It was 30-13 and you’d take those four points but fair play, we kept going after them.

“The intent is there. We’re a really good rugby team and a really good rugby club. 

“We’ve been to hell and back over the last three weeks but we haven’t questioned anything we’ve done. We’ve kept faith in what we’re trying to achieve and if we can play for the full 80 minutes, we’ll get some fantastic results this season.

“I don’t think there was a bad player throughout the whole evening. You need your quality players to stand up. You can’t afford them to have an off night.

“The quality shone through our front row, our back row, our halves were brilliant, our centres were making breaks at will and our outside backs were covering the kicks behind and support when the line breaks were made.

“I really didn’t read too much into the team they picked. I knew that a lot of their internationals were back but as I said at the start of the year, we’ll prepare a team to win regardless of who we play.

“So this week, we prepared a team to win.

“We weren’t too concerned about what they were going to do, it was about what we were going to do. If we get us right, then other teams will find it difficult to handle.”

Next up for Mulvihill’s side is a home clash against South African outfit, Toyota Cheetahs, who visit the Welsh capital next Friday.

The Australian says it’s now time to look at their next opponents, but remains determined to take each game as they come.

“We have the Cheetahs up next Friday and again they’ll give us an opportunity. But if you don’t stand up against them in defence they will move the ball really well and they have an excellent back three.

“They have a very smart 10, who takes the ball to the line and has a good kicking game. 

“We’ll now prepare for Cheetahs and then after that we’ll look at what’s coming.”