by Cole Martin
JOHN Mulvihill’s Cardiff Blues secured back-to-back victories in the Guinness Pro 14 after a late away win against Benetton Trevisio.
A last minute try from winger Jason Harries completed a hard-fought comeback for the South Walian side. The Blues were 28-17 down to the Italian outfit at one stage in the match.
Mulvihill delighted by squad strength
Mulvihill heaped praise onto his squad, who had to compete without six key players due to international commitments.
“The boys were ecstatic, the sideline was bouncing and the box was bouncing as well.
“We’ve developed some depth at the club. Even the boys who came from the reserve bench were fantastic, each and every one of them added to that victory today.”
The Blues managed to reverse fortunes and turn the tables round after losing out in similar fashion to Trevisio last year.
“After the heartbreak of last year, it was awesome to win that way.” Added Mulvihill.
“We were in front for 79 minutes last year and we got beat, and we turned the tables round, it was unexpected. I don’t think their players expected our players to turn up with such fire.
“We said before the game that they were gonna turn up fully stacked internationally and we just had a very simple game plan. We said if we hang in there long enough they’ll break and they did.”
A delighted John Mulvihill reflects on a stunning victory in Treviso pic.twitter.com/xpzrhL7Peg
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More to come from the Blues
Mulvihill has had to deal with limited resources during the early stages of the season. The Australian now has new-found optimism and feels that his side can kick on from this turnaround.
“Our scrum was good, our line-out was completely dominant tonight against a massive pack. We were outweighed, they were bigger than us, but we stuck in there and had a lot of fight in us tonight.
“It builds that momentum. We can bounce on next week, get some of our internationals back. We can freshen boys up and really hit the ground running next Saturday.”
Next up for the Blues is a home match against Section Paloise in the European Challenge Cup.