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Blues couldn’t ask for a better start

Guinness PRO12 Editor

6 Sep 2010

Cardiff Blues boss Dai Young said his side couldn’t have had a better start after they began their Magners League campaign with a bonus-point win over Edinburgh.

The Blues scored four tries in a 34-23 triumph at the Cardiff City Stadium against a team that did the double over them last season.

Having surprisingly lost the same fixture on the opening day of last season, the Blues bounced back in impressive fashion to take their current winning streak to 11 matches in all competitions and pre-season friendlies since April this year.

“I’m just pleased with the win. In fact, we could not have asked for a better start with the five points. It has eluded us in the last couple of years so it’s a nice feeling,” said Young.

“We are pleased with the win but we are not getting carried away. It is certainly a better start than last year, though, and something positive for us to build on.

“We will go into next weekend’s match against Leinster with a bit of a smile on our faces but knowing that we have to step up.”

The Blues finished last year in superb form, recording five straight league wins and claiming the Amlin Challenge Cup to become the first Welsh side to lift a European trophy.

And they did so in great style, playing an attacking brand of rugby based on powerful line breaks and unrelenting support play that quality opposition such as London Wasps and Toulon found increasingly difficult to cope with.

They have since spent pre-season developing that style, concentrating on keeping the ball alive and building even greater phase play during their summer wins over Exeter Chiefs and the Dragons.

And Young saw progress in that regard against Edinburgh, although he does admit there is still lots to work on ahead of the trip to Dublin.

“The ball in play time was increased on what it was for the most part last year,” added Young.

“That is why we have worked hard on our running in pre-season training.

“I thought Casy Laulala’s try at the end was just at the right time. We looked out on our feet at that stage because we had been required to do a lot of tackling.

“Edinburgh will have gone away quite encouraged because for times they made it very difficult for us.

“We scored good tries but they were also break-away efforts and we are realistic that there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Young praised the performance of new fly-half Dan Parks who scored 14 points on his competitive debut following a summer move from Glasgow.

Parks produced a man-of-the-match display as he transferred his form with the Warriors and with Scotland to the Welsh capital.

“I was really pleased with Dan but we all know what he is good at.

“When we were under pressure, he was able to turn it back on them. He was a great link between forwards and backs and he got us going.

“Dan played well but it is up to everyone around him to feed the right information. He needs players around him to communicate well too and we have made that clear.”