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Wilson: Fight and hunger secured bonus

3rd October 2015

Head Coach Danny Wilson admitted Cardiff Blues gave away too many opportunities in defeat to Connacht Rugby - but praised the fight and hunger of his side as a late try secured two bonus points.

Prop Sam Hobbs scored in the fourth minute of injury time as Cardiff Blues narrowly lost out 36-31 at The Sportsground.

Earlier tries from Aled Summerhill, Josh Turnbull and Dan Fish ensured the try bonus point for a second time this league campaign.

However, Wilson was left frustrated by his team’s inability to repel home pressure and the number of lineout attacks offered up.

“I think Connacht deserved the win because we fed them good field position, we struggled to exit at times and we gave a team with a strong attacking lineout the chance to use it,” he said.

“They scored a couple of tries from lineouts with the good field position we gave away. That is the disappointing side of it and you can’t get away from that, there are no excuses.

“You simply can’t give teams like Connacht good field position and expect to keep holding them out. Credit to them, they took the opportunities and scored good tries.

“We showed patches of what we are capable of doing in attack,” he added. “The fight and hunger to go and achieve those two bonus points with the last play of the game was a little bit of a positive on a night that is a negative in terms of a result.

“We took the lead in the second half and had a try disallowed that I felt should have stood. But we then struggled to exit, fed them good field position and they took advantage.

“We didn’t give up and maybe in the past this team has been accused of that. We carried on fighting and went and achieved the bonus points that, in terms of the league position, will be important to us.

In terms of injuries, Wilson added: “We took a few knocks. Aled (Summerhill) went off early with a head knock and it was disappointing to lose him so early in the game. He will know go through the return to play protocols.

“Dan Fish has also picked up a bad dead leg which will impact on what he can do next week.”