Sam Warburton: Cardiff Blues' third win sends message to league

Sam Warburton
Sam Warburton (centre) started the game against Glasgow at number six with Ellis Jenkins (right) on the openside

Sam Warburton said Cardiff Blues had talked about sending a message to the rest of the league before their 23-19 win over Glasgow Warriors.

Danny Wilson's side made it three wins from three while ending Warriors' unbeaten start to the season.

"We thought we made a statement by going out to Munster and winning and this was another," said Warburton.

"Glasgow are arguably the best team in the league and we thought another win that would really send out a message."

The Wales captain made his first start of the season as Blues scored tries through Alex Cuthbert and Ray Lee-Lo before Steven Shingler's late penalty sealed the win.

Shingler was on as a replacement for Gareth Anscombe who suffered a cut to the head while Cuthbert limped off in the first half with a thigh strain.

Blues lie second in the Pro12 table behind Ulster who beat Scarlets on Friday.

The capital region travel to Italy to play Zebre in their next fixture, and must back up their good start with another win, according to Warburton.

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Cardiff Blues maintain their winning start to the season while ending Glasgow's in a tense Pro12 match at the Arms Park.

"That's a massive victory result for us," he said.

"We're three from three now and we go to Zebre away next week and that's a match which in the past we've slipped up on.

"We just can't slip up on those any more. Looking at last season there were probably a couple of fixtures we can look back on and we can pinpoint if we'd won that we might have sneaked into the top six.

"So these are games that we can't take lightly. We've got to go out there and make sure we back up this week.

"It's early days, but it's a great place to be and momentum is slowly building."

Warburton was given six weeks' rest during the summer after leading Wales on their tour of New Zealand and is keen for more action

"I've had enough rest," he added.

"I just need a bit more game time now. It was my first 80 back and I found it tough, but it's just getting back into it.

"When I'm fit I want to play."

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