Full back Curtis Povey scored a superb solo try as Cardiff Blues Under-18s opened the new WRU Regional Age Grade competition in emphatic fashion as they recorded a 29-13 win over Newport Gwent Dragons ay Ystrad Mynach on Wednesday.
Academy Manager Richard Hodges believes the LV=Cup is the perfect opportunity for home-grown stars to show they can cut it at the top level - admitting the desire to take the chance at first team level is huge for his players.
Andi Kyriacou believes the clash between Cardiff Blues A and Ospreys A was a 'great learning curve' for the players involved - and a number of young Blues have put their hands up for future senior selection.
Wales Under-18 Head Coach Allan Lewis includes nine Cardiff Blues in his squad of 26, who travel to South Africa today (Monday) to take part in an eight-day international tournament in Cape Town, George and Stellenbosch.
Scrum half Carl Lewis will captain Cardiff Blues Under-18s as they kick-off a busy summer of fixtures with a home clash against Wasps at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon (kick-off 3pm).
Wales Under 20 head coach Byron Hayward has called on every one of his side to 'perform to their optimum level' in order to beat France on Tuesday (3.35pm NZ time, 4.35am UK time) - as he recalls Cardiff Blues scrum half Tomos Williams to the starting line-up.
Director of Rugby Mark Hammett acknowledges Cardiff Blues must look to keep recent cup momentum going - but stressed creating the right environment for long-term success is just as vital right now for the region.