First and foremost, I am delighted that we have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup but obviously the next stage is to make sure we get a home draw. If we can perform like we did against Gloucester, I'm sure we can get result we are looking for. That's not under estimating or being disrespectful to Calvisano, but I thought our performance against Gloucester showed bits and pieces of everything that we've worked on.
Our set piece was a lot better and we were very competitive at the tackle area. We also played on the front foot and nobody could doubt our commitment to the cause and how much the players played for each other. We are a very close group at the Cardiff Blues and I know all the coaches and players would like to dedicate the Gloucester victory to our masseur, Wayne Mortimer. Despite his mother passing away in the early hours of Sunday morning, Wayne still travelled to Kinsgholm to support the players, and I know they really appreciated it. Our thoughts are with Wayne and his family at this very difficult time.
I've gone on record as saying we didn't get any further in the Heineken Cup, in my first few years as coach, because we weren't good enough. That raised a few eyebrows but really it was the honest truth. What we have done is built year on year, and now we have got to the quarter-finals for the second year in succession and obviously that is hugely pleasing.
It is testament to a lot of hard work that's gone on behind the scenes from Peter Thomas down. We were always confident that we were heading in the right direction but we are not the finished article yet by any means. We've still got a lot of work to do, but it is pleasing to be continuing our progress and getting to the quarter-finals for the second consecutive year.
I think if you look at the way the results have gone in this year's tournament, conditions have always played a part in the games and you never know what conditions your going to get until the day. Every team in this competition has got it in themselves to beat whoever they are playing. So as far as I am concerned I'd be really pleased if we go through as top seeds but it doesn't make a lot of difference. All we are looking for is a home draw, no matter who you are facing, we know it's going to be a hard game.