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Never-say-die attitude was key - Harries

Blues News | 2nd December 2019


Jason Harries says Cardiff Blues’ never-say-die attitude was key in Saturday’s dramatic Guinness PRO14 victory over Benetton Rugby.

The wing crossed the whitewash in the final play of the game to complete a stunning comeback, as Wales’ Capital Region return from Italy with all five points.

Harries says his side can take confidence from the win and also paid tribute to centre Rey Lee-Lo, whose powerful bust set up the match-winning score.

“It was a much deserved win to be honest, and the boys really dug deep when it looks like our backs were against the wall and down 28-17,” said the Wales Sevens international.

“The boys showed a never-say-die attitude and to come back in the way we did shows where this group is at.

“It’s a well deserved victory and it’s five points that we definitely needed.

“When you come to places like Treviso, and they’re full strength while we did have a couple of players missing, to go out there and get the victory is outstanding.

“Hopefully that will give us confidence to head into a double header against Pau now in Europe.

“It’s always nice to score at the end and secure the win for the boys, but all the work was done on the inside.

“We played right until the death, won a penalty, kicked to the corner and continued playing.

“The way we play is that we like to spread it wide and when you get Rey Lee-Lo on the ball like that, beating defenders, it just makes it easier for us out wide to finish off in the corner.

“I came around, and had seen that I was clear. You know you’ve scored the try and there’s no one in front of you so it was good to get under the sticks.”

John Mulvihill’s side travelled to Treviso with a host of senior players missing through injuries and international commitments.

The international players, including wing Josh Adams, will be back in contention ahead of this weekend’s crucial Challenge Cup clash against Pau at Cardiff Arms Park.

Harries believes the competition for places in the back three is healthy for the entire squad and is something that he can benefit from.

“It’s always tough, and we’ve got the international boys to come back as well,” added the wing.

“It’s a case of me getting my head down, training as hard as possible and if I get selected, I get selected.

“I want to give my all to the team and hopefully that can continue.

“They boys will bring bags of experience as international players. When you’ve got the calibre of someone like Josh Adams on the wing, who has done so much for Wales during the World Cup, he will bring that experience into the Blues side.

“All we can do is learn from players like that and take stuff from training into our game.”