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.
Season Ticket holders at Cardiff Blues are reminded that they gain FREE entry to the British & Irish Cup pool fixtures this season - starting with Saturday's home fixture against Nottingham Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park (kick-off 2.30pm).
Teenage Cancer Trust will be collecting for valuable funds at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday afternoon ahead of our British & Irish Cup fixture with Nottingham Rugby (kick-off 2.30pm). Ahead of the game, we take a closer look at the charity and discover how they are making a difference...
Cardiff Blues suffered a first defeat of the season in the European Rugby Challenge Cup as a second half burst of tries from Harlequins saw the English side claim victory at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.