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Published: 15:38 | 15/12/15

Relief for Wilson

Cardiff Blues boss Danny Wilson admitted to relief after his side secured their first Pro12 victory in three months by defeating league leaders Connacht on Friday evening.

Tries from number eight Manoa Vosawai and wing Tom James in Cardiff, with 10 points from the boot of Rhys Patchell, were enough for the hosts to take the win.

Scores by scrum-half Ian Porter and back-rower Eoin McKeon helped Connacht to a 13-10 half-time lead but the Welsh side hit back in the second period, before hanging on under pressure late on to secure a 20-16 triumph.

“I was relieved after the final seven minutes of that match,” said Wilson.

“I am over the moon and pleased to get something for the big effort from all the players.

“We beat the league leaders at home, and we have talked about improving our record here to get to where we want to be. People forget it’s only our third home league game of the season. Now have two home wins and have lost to Glasgow.”

Injuries badly affected Connacht, with Porter and second row Quinn Roux exiting the fray prior to the break.

Kieran Marmion, on for Porter, suffered a blow to the head within seconds of the restart and was also forced off, with left wing Matt Healey playing at scrum-half for the remainder of the game.

The disrupted visitors were unable to regain the initiative, and Pat Lam’s men will lose the lead of the Pro12 should the Scarlets secure an expected victory away to Benetton Treviso on Saturday afternoon.

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