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Williams: Confidence flowing after Euro win

14th December 2015

Scrum half Lloyd Williams knows Cardiff Blues can expect a red-hot reception when they travel to the South of France this week to face Montpellier - but insists the 'confidence is flowing' after back-to-back wins at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

Williams was named skipper for the night as Cardiff Blues produced a famous comeback to stun Montpellier 37-27 last Friday night in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

All that came seven days after then Guinness PRO12 league leaders Connacht were defeated on home soil.

Williams admits the two successive victories have been a shot in the arm for Danny Wilson’s men – but knows a trip to the Altrad Stadium on Thursday night to face Montpellier (kick-off 8.45pm local time) will be a huge test.

“We know French teams pride themselves on their home games so it's going to be a different challenge, but we have beaten two quality sides and the confidence is flowing through the team," said Williams.

"There are obviously things to improve and we are not going to get ahead of ourselves, but we have put ourselves in a good position."

Reflecting on the comeback win over Montpellier on Friday night, Williams added: “We haven't played against a pack that big all season. It was a case of coming to terms with that.

"It was important to starve them of ball. We weren't accustomed to playing against that size of pack and how much pressure they put on at the breakdown. It took us half an hour to get used to that.

"But the refreshing thing is as soon as we came in at half-time the boys were eager to get right back out there after that try Josh (Navidi) scored and put things right and I'm really pleased we all did that.

"We were really eager to throw the ball about and it paid dividends in the second half. I felt like our fitness came through and we scored five tries."