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 travel to Myreside on Friday to take on Edinburgh Rugby in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash, and with Wales facing Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it promises to be a weekend of non-stop rugby action at the Scottish capital. Here are some useful advice to Cardiff Blues travelling supporters.
To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Guinness PRO12 Pack Bar, the world famous Irish brewer will be offering supporters free pints of the black stuff ahead of Saturday's clash with Ulster.
'TACKLE' - the first-ever joint community rugby initiative between the four professional teams in Wales has been launched (today Weds 19th October) bringing an inspiring new rugby education programme to young people in Communities First areas. Partners in the project were joined by Wales' star rugby internationals Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets) and Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), for the launch at Aberdare Community School.
A last minute Jarrod Evans penalty ensured Cardiff Blues Premiership Select finished their British and Irish Cup campaign on a high, with a 24-21 victory over London Scottish at Athletic Ground on Friday.