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Young still has belief
December 19, 2009
Cardiff Blues head coach Dai Young casts an eye over his side, Cardiff Blues v Leicester Tigers, Anglo-Welsh Cup, Arms Park, Cardiff, Wales, October 25, 2008
Dai Young still believes in his Cardiff side © Getty Images

  • Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young still believes that his side can make the Heineken Cup quarter-finals despite a damaging 23-7 defeat to Toulouse. The Blues have two games left, with Sale visiting the Cardiff City Stadium before an away fixture at Harlequins, and Young wants maximum points from both.

    "We are up against it but we are not dead and buried. We probably have to rely on others to do us favours," said Young. "There are two games left and we want to win those two games. It probably won't be enough but we can still go through to the challenge. We are a proud group. We have played one of the biggest teams in Europe back to back and we have stood up well.

    "I am not happy with the loss and we are not going to pat ourselves on the back. But we have tested ourselves against the best. It has to be bonus points all the way for us and if we could have got one we could have been in with a shout. All we can do is dust ourselves off and make sure we get maximum points. It is not going to be easy because Sale and Harlequins are two very good sides. We are not underestimating that. We will try and win the game first but if we are to progress we need to make sure we get maximum points."

  • Edinburgh coach Rob Moffat believed his team fully deserved their narrow 9-6 Heineken Cup win over Bath at Murrayfield.

    "I enjoyed the win. We deserved it as we controlled things in the second half," he said. "The snow was so heavy in the closing stages of the first half that I feared for the visibility of the lines. In the second half the conditions dictated that we play a simple game. I made that plain at the pause."

    Yet again Edinburgh had the trusty boot of Chris Paterson to thank for a win. "As in a lot of professional team games there was not a lot between the sides so a big factor is the quality of the goal kicker," added Moffatt. "We appreciate that we have in Chris the best in the world."

    Bath coach Steve Meehan refused to say that the result was decided by either the snow or Paterson's kicking against the four missed penalties shared equally between Nicky Little and Ryan Davis. "Edinburgh's second half execution won them the game. They retained possession in the right areas by being more precise," he said. "I have never seen a game played with that amount of snow falling. Fijian Nicky Little looked at home."

  • Clermont Auvergne back-rowers Julien Bonnaire and Elvis Vermeulen have signed new deals that will keep them with the Top 14 side until 2013.

  • Former Newcastle wing John Rudd has signed a contract that will keep him at London Irish until the end of the current season. Rudd joined the Exiles in October as injury cover and has been rewarded for some strong performances with an extension.


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