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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 October 2006, 12:00 GMT 13:00 UK
Young joy at ending French hoodoo
Nick Robinson, Martyn Williams and Mark Lewis celebrate Cardiff Blues' win in Bourgoin
Cardiff Blues celebrate their historic win against Bourgoin
Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young was beaming after his side broke an 11-year Heineken Cup hoodoo by winning on French soil for the first time.

"The closest we've ever come before is a draw so we're obviously pleased to get the result," said Young after the 13-5 win over Bourgoin.

"We were outstanding in defence, but were a bit messy in attack at times.

"There is a lot to improve on, but let's just enjoy this win because it hasn't happened in the last 11 years."

The victory set another record as it ensured a 100% winning start for the Welsh regions for the first time in the competition's 11-year history.

It's great for some of the younger boys to sample a win in France

Cardiff Blues flanker Martyn Williams

The Blues led from start to finish at Stade Pierre Rajon, and never looked in danger until Bourgoin launched a desperate final siege which saw flanker Brice Monzeglio score a try two minutes from time.

Martyn Williams scored the Blues' only try in the second half after full-back Ben Blair had landed two penalties before the interval.

Flanker Williams had an outstanding game in defence as he constantly disrupted any flow in Bourgoin's attacks.

He said: "This win is big for us. We're building slowly and maturing as a side.

"We're not the finished article yet, we know that but we're going in the right direction and it's great for some of the younger boys to sample a win in France."

English giants Leicester Tigers, who lost 19-21 at home to Munster, are next up for Young's side.

The Blues have switched the match from their Arms Park ground to the adjacent Millennium Stadium to ensure a bigger pay-day from the expected bumper crowd.

And Young said: "Let's hope we can get as many people as possible packed into the Millennium Stadium to get behind the Blues."

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