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Sherratt takes the positives from Leinster loss

9th September 2017

Matt Sherratt has urged Cardiff Blues to take heart from their performance against Leinster despite a heavy Guinness PRO14 defeat.

The Blues were well in the encounter as the minutes ticked away in the final quarter but were put to the sword in ruthless fashion as the Irish province racked up three quick-fire tries.

With 21-points racked up in the final 13 minutes, the scoreboard perhaps gave an unfair reflection of the entire game and Sherratt insists they must focus on the positives , with Glasgow Warriors up next.

Sherratt said: “We obviously needed a reaction after last week, we were disappointed with our emotional levels against Edinburgh but this week for 69 minutes we put in a real performance that everyone at the Blues can be proud of.

“As a coaching and playing group we have to take heart from those first 69 minutes. We are 16-9 down and are in the game but they are a good Leinster team, they had half a chance and took it and the game ran away from us.

“It’s tough to take, you don’t come to lose games, especially in the manner we did in the last 10 minutes but we have to look past it. 

“We have to focus on a performance for 69 minutes that we can be proud of and the fact that we are blooding some really good youth.”

Glasgow visit Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday and Sherratt knows a performance to be proud of must be the minimum requirement.

He added: “We were disappointed with our performance last week and we owe it to ourselves and importantly to our supporters to turn up next Saturday and put in a performance that the supporters can leave the Arms Park proud of.”