Cook backing Blues to build on early season success

By Rich Jones

Cardiff Blues star Macauley Cook believes they have all the components to build on their strong start to the season.

The Arms Park outfit have won six out of their opening eight fixtures in all competitions, including back to back wins over Bristol and Pau to kick-off their European Challenge Cup campaign.

Danny Wilson’s side currently sit sixth in the Guinness Pro 12 table despite suffering their first major setbacks with defeats to Leinster and Ospreys in their last two league outings.

Cook, who has appeared in all eight games, admits they were delighted to bounce back from their derby day defeat at the hands of the Ospreys by claiming a convincing victory over Bristol in Europe.

Despite embarking upon the international period which will see them lose some key players, the 24-year-old forward believes some clever winter recruitment means they are well-placed to continue their good form.

Cook said: “To sum it up, we’ve won six out of eight games, so that’s a great start to the season from that perspective.

“We’ve had some really good performances, and even though we lost to Leinster I thought we deserved to win the game and played really well.

“Obviously the setback was the Ospreys game where we didn’t really turn up, but we’ve put that game behind us now.

“After that result we were a little bit disappointed and wanted to bounce back. We had a good result against a tough Bristol team. It’s always good to come away with a win, especially with the bonus point.

“Most importantly I think the performance was there. We started a bit slowly but we built into the game and really got into our stride for the rest of the match to get a great win.

“As a whole it’s been a great start to the season, and we just have to look take each game as it comes now.

“We’ve got a great squad and a lot of strength in depth. I think we recruited really well over the summer, and we’ve got some key strength in key positions now.

“That’s massive in a long season like we have. Last year we had a big squad, but this year we’ve shortened it slightly and got our strength in depth.

“When we rotate now, we’re always just as strong as the main boys so it’s looking good and I think we can go a long way.”