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Young quiet on talking points

Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young refused to be drawn on the two controversial incidents in his side's 23-19 defeat to Heineken Cup Pool One leaders Northampton.

The home side had key man Xavier Rush sent off for a dangerous tackle and then the television match official awarded a try against Cardiff when Saints replacement Calum Clark looked short of the line.

"They were certainly talking points in the tunnel," admitted Young. "But the referee (Frenchman Jerome Garces) has made his decisions and there's no point in me saying anything."

Young admitted his team had probably lost to the better side, adding: "We had enough opportunities in the first half to get the scoreboard ticking and didn't take them.

"We scored our try early in the second period, but then had a yellow card and the sending-off and the whole game changed.

"We've got two tough matches left and probably need to win both to get into the Amlin Cup, so that's what we'll be trying to do."

Opposite number Jim Mallinder was justifiably happy with his team's success, saying: "Last year we lost at Munster and Perpignan and this showed we've learned how to win those big games.

"It was very physical, quite confrontational at times, as we expected. In the first half we came under severe pressure and were quite fortunate to go in level at the interval.

"But I was very pleased with the way we came out for the second half and our pack got on top, which made the difference.

"You always want more. In the first half we didn't look after the ball well and our kicking game was poor. In the second half we kicked better, they had to kick back and allowed our back three to come into things, with Ben Foden showing up well."


From Belfast Telegraph