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Wilson frustrated by lack of clinical edge

1st January 2017

Danny Wilson admits Cardiff Blues must sharpen their attacking edge to make the most of opportunities after slipping to a 15-10 defeat to the Scarlets.

The Blues trailed 15-3 early in the second-half at Parc y Scarlets following tries from Steff Evans and Scott Williams.

Willis Halaholo responded with a stunning score of his own but the Blues were unable to kick on despite long periods of pressure.

In all, Wilson’s men made eight clean breaks and he insists they must finish a higher percentage to turn slender defeats into victory.

He said: “We created enough opportunities by playing some pretty good rugby at times, we certainly had our lions’ share of the game, but ultimately they converted two of three or maybe four line breaks to our eight and we converted one.

“That is a major frustration. We had plenty of possession and territory and we thought it was going to come in the last 10 minutes, but unfortunately, we didn’t take our opportunities.

“Josh Navidi goes through and on another day Tomos (Williams) is under the sticks. It was a great read from Johnny McNicholl, we felt at the time all we needed to do was to stay in the game, we didn’t need to force it or try anything stupid.

“Today was important, we felt we had an opportunity to get a win here, like we did last season, and we came up just short. 

“I still think there are a lot of positives there a lot of good rugby that we played, we put real pressure on their lineout during the game and we had enough opportunities to finish the game but ultimately we haven’t and we will have to look at it.”

While Wilson was frustrated by his side’s failure to finish, he was proud of their fighting spirit and the way they fronted up.

Next up they travel to face Glasgow Warriors, who are now four points above in sixth place, and the Blues head coach is determined to pick up as many points as possible.

He added: “In many areas we delivered – there was physicality, we put a lot of pressure on their line-out, I thought we should have got a lot more from the contact area and I thought we missed out on a couple of tight calls.

“There was a lot we can take from that game, a lot we can build on, but ultimately we have missed an opportunity.

“We know going to Glasgow, the next team sitting above us, we have to get a win which is a big challenge but on that pitch we can hopefully get our attacking game going.”