.. "To go in at half-time with bonus point was obviously a good position," said Howard.
"It was very satisfactory all round. We had a very good start - we had an opportunistic try by Dan Hipkiss, but the first try by Tuilagi was a strong run and the Daryl Gibson score was the result of excellent pressure.
"Not everything went to plan, but it was nice that the guys played a confrontational game as we knew we would have to against Cardiff."
.. Captain Martin Corry admitted, "It's not every game you get those opportunities in the first 10 minutes but we were delighted to take them.
.."We didn't relax because we knew what a quality side Cardiff are. In some ways the most pleasing part is how hard the lads worked to keep Cardiff out and also to try and get the next try."