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Wilson's pride at second-half comeback

12th May 2018

Danny Wilson was thrilled as Cardiff Blues staged a stunning second-half comeback to clinch the European Challenge Cup.

The Blues trailed 20-6 at half-time in Bilbao but fought back with tries from Tomos Williams and Garyn Smith.

Gloucester regained the lead but the Blues refused to be denied and set up a thrilling finale as Blaine Scully scored a late try.

Gareth Anscombe missed the conversion to draw level but remained ice cool as he landed a last gasp match winner.

It was a hugely impressive second-half performance following a sluggish and injury hit start, which Wilson revealed the players addressed themselves.

He said: “At half-time I walked in the changing room with the other coaches with messages  but the boys had covered them already. 

“They were sat discussing the bits and pieces around our attacking game and defence. What we said together as a group was that were weren’t firing any shots. 

“We talked before the game about how we wanted to go out and play the way we had all season and fire shots. 

“That means making sure we have a go and look to play, we knew in the second half we had to start playing from deep and the boys spoke about some kick space in behind

“Defensively we had to change our shot selection. We were making high tackles and maybe trying to choke them a little bit but we weren’t getting much from that. We needed to make lower tackles and get our jackallers in the game.

“Second-half you saw the spirit of this group, the ability to change the way they play and they turned a 20-6 deficit into a win.”

The victory was a sweet ended for Wilson, who now departs the region to join Wasps, with John Mulvihill taking the helm in the summer.

Wilson added: “It’s credit for the success to the group, from my point of view. To leave this group of players is emotionally tough.
“They’re a great group and I’ve got some great relationships with them. It’s fitting they have got the rewards they ‘110%’ fully deserve.”

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