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Seven heaven for Wilson after victory

18th March 2016

Head Coach Danny Wilson was delighted to end the seven-year itch for Cardiff Blues as they stormed to an impressive 37-28 bonus point victory over Munster Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

Macauley Cook, Matthew Rees, Garyn Smith and Rhys Patchell all crossed the line for tries as Cardiff Blues produced a powerful second half to draw level with Ospreys in the Guinness PRO12 standings.

And for Wilson it was a crucial result as they ended a wait going back to May 2009 to defeat Munster on home soil.

“It’s the first time in seven years we have beaten them here and that is a stat that we wanted to break,” said Wilson.

“We produced a great win and, more importantly, a bonus point win. Anytime you beat Munster it’s a great win and do it with four tries is something you have got to be really happy about.

“We were a little bit slow starting. We committed a bit too many to defensive breakdowns and situations, it left us a little bit short of numbers and therefore passive.

“The speed of ball was high for them early on, but we got it back down towards half-time and went in ahead. But the first 20 minutes was a little slow.

“We certainly make it entertaining and high-scoring,” he added. “The rugby we play on this pitch and surface is a style that we hope will attract people to come and watch us play.

“This group like to play and have the skill set to do that. We are scoring some good tries.

“We have a group of players who will keep fighting until the end. We have a great attitude.

“We showed our character to kick the late penalty to take away Munster’s bonus point. Although, I’ve got to be honest, I was worried if the ball had hit the post it would have been game on!”