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Williams encouraged by pre-season triumph

First Team News | 11th September 2021

Lloyd Williams believes there is plenty more to come as he led Cardiff Rugby to victory over Bath as supporters finally returned to the Arms Park.

18 months had passed since the last time fans had watched Cardiff on their home patch and they were treated to an encouraging victory over West Country giants, Bath.

James Ratti and Owen Lane scored either side of a stunning team effort finished by Williams and while the scrum-half was pleased with the win, he was even more encouraged by the fact they managed to do so with an incomplete performance.

He said: “It was nice to finish pre-season with a win but I’m not sure we’re completely satisfied with the performance.

“It was definitely nice to have supporters back. They have been massively missed in the last 12 months and the boys welcomed it back. I was a bit more nervous than usual, there was a bit more pressure but that’s exactly what we want and I’m glad they were able to come again and support rugby.

“Against Harlequins last week we did some really good stuff in attack and today we defended a lot better. Over the two performances we have been quite complete so if we can bundle it together into one again Connacht we’ll be in a good place.

“A lot of things are in place and we have a great bunch of lads, boys who are prepared to work and since coming back we have just knuckled down. We under achieved last year. We are feeling confident and it was important to win and although we didn’t play great, we won which is encouraging.”

Williams’ try was perhaps the simplest of walk ins. After Willis Halaholo combined with Rhys Priestland down the right to make inroads, the fly-half pulled the ball back to Rey Lee-Lo who hit the outside on the left.

He put Hallam Amos into space and the full back raced to the corner and offloaded back inside to Lee-Lo, who crossed the whitewash before handing the ball to Williams with a big grin on his face.

“Rey went over and I caught his eye, I saw what was going on and got the ball down in the end,” added Williams.

“I was really impressed with Priest. It was good to play with him again and he was really good for us. I was happy he was able to get the number 10 jersey on, contributed to a win and played well.

“His kicking game is brilliant and he’s shown over his career that he’s a world class 10. He’s been great for us through pre-season and the fact that we’ve got a few 10s in the squad that are competing is great and I’m sure they both welcome it. It was clear to see that he was very comfortable running the show.”

Cardiff now have a weekend off before kicking-off their URC season against Connacht on September 24, tickets are available now by clicking here.