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Sherratt delighted to snatch dramatic victory

First Team News | 24th November 2023

Matt Sherratt’s nerves may have been shredded but he was thrilled with Cardiff’s dramatic BKT United Rugby Championship victory over DHL Stormers.

For a second season in a row, the Blue and Blacks upset the odds to send the Arms Park into raptures. 

They did it the hard way after finding themselves 14-points down after 14-minutes but battled back impressively, and just like on every previous game it went right to the wire. 

On this occasion however, with the scores did 24-24, Cardiff claimed an injury-time try with tight-head prop Rhys Litterick the unlikely hero.

Sherratt said: “Rhys said that’s his first try since under-11s and what a way to get it!


“It's a lot nicer than the last three weeks, that's for sure. We're definitely giving the fans their money. No one's leaving early, that's for sure but 'm not sure what it's doing for my health.

“I know Obviously we wouldn't plan it and Gethin sat next to me wasn't pleased. We went 14-0 down. But I could sense at half time that there was a lot more to come and then when you've got Carré coming off the bench listen and then they are raw as anything but Evan Lloyd, Mackenzie, they're powerful kids.

“The gremlins start appearing and you start thinking they are a really good team, they can go from anywhere and it could be one of those days again.

“In the last three weeks I’ve said to the boys if we keep in the fight we'll get a bit of luck and we'll get one and if i'm honest you start kind of thinking well i hope we do!

“I’m just really pleased for the players today.”

Sherratt was also pleased with the performances of his young players with Mason Grady imperious and Cam Winnett and Ellis Bevan also continuing to impress. There was also a special mention for Mackenzie Martin, who burst off the back of a scrum to lay the platform for the winning try on his debut. 

“I loved bringing on Mackenzie on. Look at his pick-up from the last scrum.

"How good would it have been if he'd got over? It's great, isn't it. How good was it to see Mackenzie come on? Ely boy, he's come through the academy and his mum and dad are here tonight.


"For me, that's what it's all about. That's what this season has to be around. I'm aware of where we are as a club. There's no point in saying we're going to develop the youngsters, and then not doing it.

"I think we've almost been forced into it. But I don't think there's a better time to be a young Welsh player. Some of the adversity could lead to (better things).

You can't fast-track experience. They're not going to be experienced in February. They're not going to be experienced in May. It's going to be next season, or the season after.

“But I thought Cam Winnett was excellent again. How good has he been? He just slots in. Very low fuss, just gets on with it. That's his character. He's like that all week.

"That'll be massive for Ellis. He's not played a lot. Lloyd Williams and Tomos Williams are two of the best scrum-halves in the country. And when Tomos is playing well, it's hard to take him off. But hopefully Ellis saw today he was playing well and Jamie didn't come on. I'm not a big fan of changing your half-backs if they're playing well."