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Wilson: Lapses cost us but attitude better

7th November 2015

Head Coach Danny Wilson admitted late lapses had cost his Cardiff Blues as reigning champions scored two late tries to claim a narrow 35-30 victory at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.

Cardiff Blues had led courtesy of a try from Gavin Evans and the boot of Rhys Patchell before the Warriors staged a late two-try burst in clinical fashion.

The home side hit back with a penalty try and produced a grandstand finish to push the Scottish side all the way.

The attitude – and response from his players to defeat to Zebre last weekend – pleased Wilson.

However, he conceded late lapses into the wind had proved costly to his team’s chances of returning to winning ways.

He said: “I felt tactically we got the game right in the conditions and in the first half used the wind to our advantage.

“In the second half we had to play a lot of rugby into the wind and keep the ball. When we went away from that, with a couple of soft kicks in the wrong areas, we fed a very strong Glasgow attack.

“They scored two late tries when we did just that and they broke the game. We went from a positon of control, and looking the better team, to coming away with a loss.

“We gave a couple of soft kicks back to them; normally you would exit with better field position and longer kicks.

“We fed them then got into a negative cycle deep in our own third. Those two scores changed the game.

“To come out after half-time and play the rugby we did into the wind for half an hour, I was pleased. But against the league champions any lapses will be punished and we did and it cost us the game.”

Wilson was pleased, though, with the response from his players and believes there are positives to take as the focus now switches to Europe.

“I wanted a better attitude and I felt I got that. I’m pleased with the response,” he said.

“We’re all going to look at the result as a loss, but we have to look deeper than that at the moment and I saw a definite improvement in certain areas of the game.

“We were competitive right across the park, showed the right attitude and we controlled the game for most of it. But small things make a big difference at this level and lapses cost us.

“It is another defeat, but we did ask the players for a response from last week’s performance and to show an improved attitude and approach to the game. We got that.”