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Worcester boss Gary Gold admits win at Cardiff 'wasn't the neatest performance'

New Worcester boss Gary Gold admitted there was plenty of room for improvement from his side despite overseeing a first away win since last March.

The Aviva Premiership strugglers ran in eight tries in a 53-38 victory over Cardiff at the Arms Park to round off their Anglo-Welsh Cup fixtures in style.

Josh Adams and Wynand Olivier scored two tries apiece and there was one each for Alafoti Fa'osiliva, Jack Singleton, Sam Lewis and Bryce Heem. Ryan Mills converted five and added a penalty.

"It wasn't the neatest performance," Gold said. "There is a lot of stuff to work on as we lack a defensive resilience.

"Conceding five tries, some of them very soft, is an obvious concern and we can't do that against Saracens next week, otherwise it will be a long afternoon for us.

"We should have put down a bigger marker in that first half and, while we never looked like losing the game, we kept allowing them back in it.

"However, 50 points away from home is always good to have, especially when you are playing against a great club like Cardiff, whatever team they put on the field."

The young and inexperienced Blues performed with great spirit, scoring five tries. Harri Millard posted two of them, Cam Dolan, Jarrod Evans and Tomos Williams one each. Steve Shingler converted four and kicked a penalty with Evans adding a conversion but they remained winless in the competition having conceded a mammoth 187 points in losing their four pool matches.

Cardiff coach Richard Hodges said: "It was a game of two halves and I'm really pleased that we won the second half 23-17 against a very strong Worcester side.

"We addressed certain points at half-time, which improved our performance, and to score five tries gives us huge credit.

"When I saw the fixtures, I was anticipating that Sale and Worcester may be a good match for us but they both came fully loaded in preparation for the Premiership games so it was a tough ask with our limited squad and with a severe injury list."


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