The Ospreys head to Cardiff this weekend knowing that they will face a tough challenge.
Despite their exit from the Heineken Cup, it is clear for all to see that there have been significant improvements at the Blues and this season there is more of an edge - both up front and behind the scrum, to their game. With Rush, Martyn Williams, Ben Blair, to name just a few, they have proven this season to be capable of competing with Europe's
best and the Ospreys players and management are mindful of their strengths and of the significance of a solid team performance that will be required.
Although our results have gone well with us for most of the season, we know that we have another level to step up as we embark on a tough Christmas campaign against the other Welsh Regional teams and this straight back into the remaining crucial Heineken Cup fixtures.
We must not forget also that we face the Blues in the EDF Energy Cup Semi Final in March and so there will be much
to play for.
Cardiff Blues were crowned the Welsh champions of the Premiership Rugby 7s Series on Saturday night to book a place at the Series Final on Friday, August 8 - and you can join them with tickets on sale NOW!
Wales will tonight (Saturday) stage the first leg of the Premiership Rugby 7s Series this Saturday evening at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and tickets remain on throughout the day and right up until kick-off so you can join us for an summer night of top class rugby!
In its sixth year the Blues Cup once again showed to be huge hit throughout the region and is a great advert for the community game as each of the six finalists across the three age groups produced rugby of an outstanding level resulting in 14 tries.
Inspired Cardiff Blues enjoyed Judgement Day at the Millennium Stadium as they secured a tense 17-13 win over regional rivals Scarlets in a feisty and enthralling encounter in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Easter Sunday.