Cardiff Blues boss Danny Wilson is hoping his side can continue to galvanise their home crowd in the Guinness PRO12 after an opening 34-16 victory over Edinburgh Rugby.
Nick Williams had a superb debut for the Blues at No.8, scoring in the second half to cap off a ball-carrying masterclass.
Edinburgh summer signings Duncan Weir and Solomoni Rasolea racked up Edinburgh’s points in the first half, with new Cardiff arrival Steven Shingler and a penalty try keeping the scoreline in check.
Tomos Williams followed Williams over in the latter stages to bag the bonus point, and Wilson is hoping that kind of performance continues at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park to keep the partisan crowd happy.
“It’s a good start,” he said. “The important bit was the end result and a five-point win in the first game of the season in difficult condition which I probably thought would suit them.
“I’m pleased with the way we dealt with that, the way we dealt with set-piece and to come away with five points is a very pleasing start to the season.
“To win at home is massive to us. We want a passionate crowd, we want to grow the crowd and they are a very passionate and knowledgeable crowd.
“They demand a style of rugby and wins and it’s great that we produced that with the first game of the season.
“We want to make this a fortress and a tough venue for people to come and Edinburgh have recruited well and are a good side so it’s a good place to start.”
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