Young praises Roberts’ return

Guinness PRO12 Editor

3 Jan 2011

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Cardiff Blues director of rugby Dai Young has hailed the return of Jamie Roberts to Magners League action.

Roberts had been ruled out of action since undergoing wrist surgery in July to repair damage initially sustained during the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa.

That kept Roberts on the sidelines until earlier this month when he came of the bench against Northampton in Europe.

But Roberts returned to the Blues starting XV as they triumphed 27-25 over the Ospreys in the Magners League.

"Jamie was outstanding," said Young. "He was really physical with the ball in hand and in defence. He has brought real energy and enthusiasm to training since he has come back.

"It was important to get the win and to beat our local rivals and the reigning Magners League champions makes it that little bit sweeter.

"But again it was not the full performance, the last 20 minutes we were hanging on by our toenails. We’re still not playing anywhere like we can and there’s a lot more to come from us."

Roberts gave Young a fright when he received treatment in the second-half but the medical student shook off the bump and was able to finish the game.

"Jamie had a bit of a stinger but he’s fine. He diagnosed himself before the physic even got to him!" added Young.

The win saw the Blues climb to third in the league table before other teams nudged them down into fifth place. But they will be hoping to continue in their winning ways, after a difficult period, when they take on Aironi this weekend.