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We can build on positive second half performance - Summerhill

First Team News | 4th September 2022

Aled Summerhill is confident Cardiff can build on a positive second half performance against Gloucester on Friday.

The Cherry and Whites ran away with victory at Kingsholm, after a dominant first half display, but Dai Young’s side showed character to bounce back after the interval with an improved performance.

Having seen an earlier effort chalked off, Summerhill joined Kristian Dacey and Harri Millard on the scoresheet after the break, providing a trademark finish in the corner.

Summerhill insists Cardiff can be pleased with the overall outing at Kingsholm, particularly with how they adapted their game in the second 40.

“In the first half they scored some good maul tries but we can take some positives out of the game as well.

“We played good rugby and the things we practiced in pre-season came out tonight.

“There’s obviously still a lot to work on but in two weeks time, against Munster, hopefully we’ll be up and running.

“We spoke about some things at half time and coming out for the second half we put them into fruition.

“The second half was probably better than the first. We were looking to the short sides a bit more and playing our game.

“Discipline-wise in the first half, that killed us, but it was good in the second half.

“Any wing will tell you that it’s nice to get on the scoreboard. That’s your job at the end of the day. 

“I’d had one disallowed in the first half, which I was disappointed with. It was nice to score but the main thing is the team and we can take positives from tonight.”


Next up for the Blue and Blacks is a clash with Zebre, with the Parma outfit visiting the capital on Friday for the final pre-season encounter ahead of the BKT United Rugby Championship against Munster the following week.

Summerhill is excited to play in front of home supporters once again at the Arms Park, and believes the game-time for the entire squad will benefit Cardiff ahead of the new campaign.

“Next week will be massive now to be back at the Arms Park with our supporters there. That will boost us on,” added the wing.

“There was a great crowd at Kingsholm, including a lot of travelling fans which is always nice to see.

“But next week we’ll be one step ahead again, with some game time in our legs, and hopefully we can play more running rugby.

“It’s massive for us. Our crowd are the 16th man aren’t they? It’s always great to play there and hopefully over the first couple of games we can build momentum heading into the season.

“It’s nice that everyone can get some game-time, to show what they can do in these pre-season games. Going into the season, anyone who is called on then will have those minutes in the bag.

“There’s loads of competition for places, everyone is pushing each other in training and that can only be good for the team.”

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