Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill has insisted he is proud of his side despite consecutive defeats to two-time winners Saracens in Heineken Champions Cup Pool 3 earlier this month.

A 51-25 defeat to the English side in Round 3 at Allianz Park was followed up by 26-14 loss at Cardiff Arms Park last week, all but ending their hopes of reaching the Heineken Champions Cup knockout stages. 

But despite the double loss, head coach John Mulvihill praised his side for putting in an 80-minute performance against the Pool 3 leaders.

“I was really proud of the way we stuck in the game throughout the whole 80-minutes,” said Mulvihill, via Cardiff Blues’ official website. 

“One of our learnings from last week was that we were good for the first 40 minutes, but we didn’t do enough to control the second half.

“Today we were a lot better, and they only scored their second try with five minutes remaining.

“It was two-tries each, and they’re a side that only concede an average of one try per game in the English Premiership. 

“I was really disappointed we didn’t get the result, but there were some real key areas that we made errors and let ourselves down, or didn’t get awarded, during the second half.

“It was a good 80-minute performance and that’s something we’ll need to do during our next block of games.”

Cardiff will next travel to face Glasgow Warriors in Round 5 on January 13, before rounding off their 2018/19 campaign with a home clash against Lyon.