Blues still in the hunt

Cardiff Blues director of rugby Dai Young has praised his side’s defensive efforts in their draw with Magners League Champions the Ospreys and believes his side are still in the hunt for a top four finish.

The Blues have a game in hand on the sides around them in the race for a play-off spot and their run-in sees them face four sides who are all below them in the table. There are two derby games included in their final four fixtures, but sitting just four points behind fourth, the Blues certainly have a play-off place in their sights.

“A draw is not what we wanted, but we are still in there,” said Young.

“There were two very physical teams out there and nobody wanted to give anything.

“The physicality and intensity was right up there with anything I’ve seen at regional level this season.

“It was a very tough. I thought the defences really closed each other down and made it difficult for both teams to play.

“The contact area was really ferocious and it was difficult to put any phases together and both teams struggled to get any front-foot quick ball to play off.

“Obviously we wanted to win but we have to be happy with a draw. It is a very difficult place to get anything and very few teams do as they are a quality, well coached team.

“I’m very proud of the effort and the commitment of the players. I thought they were first class. We showed glimpses of how good we can be.”