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Young calls on Cardiff to build on derby delights

First Team News | 17th October 2022

Thomas Young wants Cardiff to build on their derby delights as they prepare to welcome DHL Stormers to the capital on Saturday (KO 7.35pm).

The back row star, who returned to his home club over the summer after eight years with Wasps, produced a Player of the Match display as Cardiff overcame Dragons at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday.

His impressive second half score, created by a Jarrod Evans break before Young’s showed a turn of pace to finish from distance, secured all five points for his team as the Blue and Blacks made it back-to-back derby wins in the BKT United Rugby Championship.

With the next challenge coming in the form of the defending champions, Young says his side will need to meet the test head-on as they look to back up their recent victories.

Young said: “Obviously we’re very pleased that we’ve had two good weeks and we’re very happy.

“We knew at half time that we’d need to get the next score, and fair play to Dragons they kept hold of the ball during the second half.

“When we eventually had some ball, we knew we had to get some points and luckily we got some at the right time.

“We knew that we’d let ourselves down after the Munster game. We had two weeks where we’d spoken about backing up a good performance against Munster but didn’t really do that.

“Then we knew with the derbies that everything goes out of the window, but I think we’ve had two decent performances.

“There’s obviously things to work on but we’re looking forward to next week. It will be a different kind of challenge against Stormers and one we need to meet head-on.”

While Young’s form naturally drew questions from the media regarding international selection ahead of the November Tests, the back row was keen to remind the room that his full focus is on his performances for his home club.

The back row explained: “For me it’s always making sure I play well for Cardiff. With the squad we’ve got here, and the back row players in the squad, you have to make sure you’re playing well for Cardiff.

“If I’m doing alright and I get selected then I have to make sure I put my foot forward.

“But for me I’m just concentrating on Cardiff. 

“I’m playing rugby now and I’m enjoying it. I had a spell on the sidelines last season and I knew when I was moving home that I just needed a run of back. 

“There’s still things to work on but I’m back enjoying it. For me, I’ve got Stormers next Saturday and we’ll see how we go from there.”

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