Townsend: It was a game of two halves

Gregor Townsend was a happy man this evening as he saw his side came back from 17-7 down to record a 27-20 victory over Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park.Gregor Townsend

It was a dramatic end to the game as James Eddie and Mark Bennett scored late tries to snatch the win, while Finn Russell kicked ten points ater coming on as a second-half replacement.

Lee Jones, who recently joined the club on loan, scored a try just before half-time to bring them right back into the game.

Townsend was delighted with the second-half performance and highlighted the impact the bench had.

Speaking exclusively to he said: "It keeps the momentum going with four wins in a row now in the league.

"We were tested tonight, trailing 17-7 away from home you need a lot of character, skill and fitness to come back and we showed that in the second-half, which was much better than the first-half.

It was a game of two halves and I'm very proud of the players to put that effort in and get the win.

"The whole bench made a big impact tonight. We had James Eddie sprinting through a hole in the defence and doing really well. He got a good try, which was very reminiscent to the try he scored against Ulster. He's been great for us this season.

"Jerry Yanuyanutawa, Dougie Hall and Jon Welsh did really well in the scrum when they came on.

"Jonny Gray was outstanding, Chris Cusiter with his experience and Finn Russell looked really confident on the ball and made good decisions, as well as nailing the goal kicks.

"I was really pleased for Richie Vernon, who was making only his second start at 13, after last week when the conditions weren't great for him.

"He did really well tonight, was solid in defence and the try-scoring pass won us the game."

Written by
Jeremy Bone in Cardiff