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Navidi believes Cardiff Blues conceded too many turnovers in key areas

2nd September 2017

Josh Navidi believes his side conceded too many turnovers in key areas of the pitch during last night's defeat to Edinburgh at Cardiff Arms Park.

The back row, who featured on the open side during the Guinness PRO14 opener, scored his side’s only try of the game, as he found himself on the end of a Jarrod Evans dink in the latter stages of the first half.

The Welsh international was impressed by the tough Edinburgh defence, but insists his side must learn to turn pressure into points ahead of next week's tough trip to face Leinster at Dublin.

“We had some good territory and were camped in their half for a while, but felt that we allowed them to turn the ball over too easy,” said Navidi.

“It’s obviously disappointing being in the 22 and not converting into points and it’s something to learn from. The boys are disappointed in the changing room, but we’ve got to look forward to next week. 

“We were trying to keep the throttle on their throat and they dealt with it well, coming off the line, putting some hits in and getting the turnovers, which relieved the pressure for them.

“Edinburgh had a really strong defensive line and we just couldn’t break it. It’s something we’ll work on next week, going into Leinster. We let them off easy, by conceding easy turnovers.

“We always knew they were going to be a tough, physical team and they’ve had new coaching staff in and they came out firing.

“We were patient but gave the ball up too easy. We built up a number of phases but something like a spilt ball relieved the pressure for them, they kicked it back downfield and we were back to square one.

“Obviously Leinster is a tough old place. Going out there, we’ll be positive for next week, and look what we can improve on for that game and hopefully we can get a win out there.”