Cardiff Blues' Euro win boost for Welsh regions, says Phil Davies

The Blues celebrate the win over Glasgow

Cardiff Blues boss Phil Davies believes the Heineken Cup win over Glasgow was a boost for the Welsh regions.

The regions and the Welsh Rugby Union are in dispute over funding, the exodus of Welsh players and an Anglo-Welsh league.

The Blues boosted their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals with a 9-7 win.

"That was a great win for the Blues region and for rugby in Wales as well," Davies said.

Davies's side held off a late Glasgow fightback to secure a win which saw them move back to the top of Pool Two

A long-range Rhys Patchell penalty and two more from Leigh Halfpenny secured victory in gutsy display at Scotstoun.

"To come here and get the result is magnificent for the players. They deserve every accolade they get," Davies added.

"It wasn't pretty at times for sure but our defence again was resolute throughout.

"We're trying to be competitive and consistent, that's the key thing. There's a lot of work going in.

"The guys on the shop floor if you like, the coaches and the players, we're all working exceptionally hard in all of the regions.

"We all want to be in a competitive team and a competitive environment and try and win things.

"Sometimes it's tough but we've proven with 13 quality players out that we've got a squad that is very young but developing all the time.

"These last couple of results have been fantastic and we're moving forward,

"We've got a plan on the rugby side and hopefully we'll get better and better.

"We'll savour this and hopefully move on to the [Pro12] Christmas derbies in good form."

Davies said there were as yet no development on the future of Blues flanker and Wales captain Sam Warburton.

Warburton had set a deadline of Wednesday for his future to be sorted out, but no announcement has been made on where he will play his rugby next season.

Blues full-back Leigh Halfpenny has been linked with a move to France but Davies hopes to retain his key players.

"As I've said previously we're working hard to try and keep all of our best players and those two in particular," Davies said.

"All the work continues and hopefully it will come to fruition at the end of it."

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