Wednesday evening saw the latest national regional u16 championship fixture for the Cardiff Blues North U16'S.
Taffs Well RFC was the venue for an exciting and sometimes attritional local derby between the North U16's and their counterparts from the South, in a tense opening quarter there was very little to choose between the sides and it was the South who opened the scoring after 14 minutes with a try from speedy winger Harry Robinson which went unconverted.
This stung the Blues north into action and following a series of concerted drives through forwards Will Griff John, Ellis Jenkins and Darran Harris, Hooker Jonathan Elley was on hand in support of prop Tom Jones to power over, Lewis Williams unfortunately hit the post with his wide angled conversion attempt, there then followed a period of adjustment for the Blues North as they had to cope with losing scrum half Lewis Jones to the sin bin after a bout of ill discipline, Full back Chris Edwards stepping into the role of scrum half.
Just after the half hour the North increased its lead Darran Harris crossing near the posts the ice cool Williams this time making no mistake when adding the conversion
Half time BLUES SOUTH 5 BLUES NORTH 12
The south started the second half brightly with several promising darts that had the 14 man North defence stretched to say the least, however with the reintroduction of transgressor Jones the North eventually started to gain the upper hand with a stronger set piece proving vital.
On the hour substitute hooker Jack Dando plunged over to stretch the North's lead following a successful penalty kicked earlier by Lewis Williams, the north continued with there development policy using most of their substitutes finishing the game strongly in their toughest encounter to date.
Scorers Blues South: Try Harry Robinson,
Blues North: Tries, Jon Elley, Darran Harris, Jack Dando.
Conversion Lewis Williams, Pen Lewis Williams
For details on Blues North rugby contact Manager Nigel Way on 01685725480.
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.
The Welsh Rugby Union, together with Pro Rugby Wales, has secured significantly improved insurance cover for all registered players, coaches and referees at each of its member clubs and regions at reduced costs -working with Aon, one of the world's largest insurance brokers and risk advisors.