Warburton bemoans defensive woes

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:03
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Sam Warburton insists Cardiff Blues must address their defensive deficiencies after Montpellier claimed a bonus point win on Saturday.

Sam Warburton insists Cardiff Blues must address their defensive deficiencies after Montpellier claimed a bonus point win at Stade Yves du Manoir on Saturday.

The French club touched down four times as the Blues crashed to a fourth straight European Cup this season.
Phil Davies' men missed 20 tackles in the European encounter and defensive errors led to all of Montpellier's tries.

Warburton, who made a decent account of himself on his return from a chest infection, admits the Blues' defensive problems are a concern but he reckons the young side will benefit from their French education.

"We could have had an a lot better defensive line to stop them going forward," said the Wales captain.

"Montpellier had a very big pack, who offloaded very well.

"They won the collisions and that gave them a lot of momentum. They got on the front foot and did very well to cross the gainline."

Former talisman Xavier Rush was appointed regional defence coach at the beginning of the season and the Blues brought in Rob Powell as a consultant to tackle their rearguard woes.

But they went into the clash with the worst defensive record in Europe and three of their players, Josh Navidi, Lou Reed and Marc Breeze, topped the missed tackle list.

And although Warburton was disappointed with the result he reckons the Blues' young side will benefit from the experience in the long run.

"It was always going to be a tough fixture but it was good for the young boys to come to France," added the flank.

"It was some of the guys' first taste of European Cup rugby. It is a different intensity from the league and it's a good experience for them.

"Hopefully it will make them better players in the future."

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
Fri, 22 December 2017
Wasps v Gloucester 22h00 Ricoh Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins 22h00 Kingston Park
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Leicester Tigers v Saracens 22h00 Welford Road
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
Sale Sharks v Bath 22h00 AJ Bell Stadium
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
EUROPEAN CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 3 1 0 2 8
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 3 3 0 0 14
Saracens 3 2 0 1 10
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3
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