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Patchell: I was terrified before first start

Guinness PRO12 Editor

18 Sep 2012

Fly-half Rhys Patchell admitted that nerves nearly got the better of him before putting in a man-of-the-match display in his first RaboDirect PRO12 start for the Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Patchell, who had previously only played 18 minutes for the Blues this season, pulled the strings as the Cardiff side emerged 16-5 victors at Rodney Parade against the Dragons.

Patchell scored 11 of those points from the kicking tee, notching three penalties to go with the conversion of Alex Cuthbert’s crucial try.

And despite his assured performance in an otherwise scrappy encounter Patchell insisted that he had been a nervous wreck in the build-up to his first ever league start.

“If you would ask my mum she'd tell you I sat in bed all day before the game, I didn't do anything,” he said.

“I was terrified on the bus but once I got the first touch the nerves settled. I felt okay after that.

“It was a team victory. It's a pleasure to get the man-of-the-match award but it was a team effort.

“We worked hard throughout the week. We talked about how to win as a squad and that's what we did. We're so happy we got the victory.”