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Jones pleased to see team 'grind out' victory

Sunday 29th October 2023

Leighton Jones praised the character of the team as they fought to come from behind to claim a dramatic victory over Cardiff.

Amosa Nove, who bagged a late winner at Merthyr, was the away day hero again as he popped up in the final seconds to extend the winning run to six league games.

Harrison James and Matthew Jarvis traded penalties at Cardiff Arms Park before a second James kick handed the hosts a half-time lead.

Jarvis levelled the score early in the second half before booting Pooler ahead with 10 minutes left to play.

The Blue and Blacks looked to have salvaged a draw with a penalty in the dying minutes but Nove provided late heroics as he chased down a kick and managed to pounce on the loose ball to secure a thrilling win.

Head coach Jones admitted it wasn’t the greatest spectacle but took satisfaction in claiming the win despite not hitting the usual standards.

“It wasn’t the best of games,” said Jones.

“There are lots of areas to work on. We don’t want to be conceding that many penalties again and making errors like we did.

“We need to keep hold of the ball a bit more and cut the penalties down.

“Having said that I think the boys showed superb character to go to the final whistle and get the W.

“It’s a difficult place to come, they are a decent team.

“We always look at ourselves and we can definitely play a lot better than that.

“It’s not how we want to play week in, week out. We want to improve and play a style of rugby that we can be proud of.

“The boys showed a lot of character out there and in the second half we took control and played a bit of a power game to grind the win out.

“We had some chances in the second half to put them under pressure but for one reason or another we didn’t execute them.

“To come here and grind the win out shows the togetherness we have but with the standards we have set we definitely need to go up a few gears.”

Jones was delighted to see Nove’s determination with the late chase down that secured the win and that moment sparked jubilant scenes from the Pooler Army, who travelled in their numbers.

“We’ve worked hard over the last few weeks and identified that there are no poor kicks and everyone has to chase hard on that kick and that summed up what Amosa has done,” Jones continued.

“He hasn’t given up on anything, he has chased as hard as he could and got the reward, which was well deserved for the effort he put in.

“That just shows the hunger and drive in the team that they will go to the final whistle and will do what they have to do to grind out that W.

“There has been talk all week about how many supporters were going to come down.

“They like coming to Cardiff, they enjoy their day and we just hope we have given them something to enjoy with the W.”


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