Blues North under 16s maintained their winning start to the WRU Age Grade Championship with a hard-fought 10-3 victory over the Dragons.
With the Blues South under 16 game against the Scarlets at Taffs Well postoponed due to the inclement weather and the under 18 match between the Dragons and Blues at Rodney Parade falling four of the rain too, the remaining game took centre stage at the outstanding, new facility at Abercwmboi.
And though there was precious little opportunity to play any expansive rugby, it was an intriguing contest between two of this season's much-fancied sides.
Outside half Lloyd Rogers gave the Dragons the lead with a 20th minute penalty before opposite number Jarrod Evans levelled matters three minutes before the interval with a penalty from in front.
Despite the appalling conditions, the Dragons, who defeated Blues South at Cross Keys last week, dominated the third quarter and posed the Blues North side a number of searching questions. However, having held out for the best part of 20 minutes, the hosts snatched victory when captain Jack James nipped in for a try that replacement outside half Jordan Jones converted.
Blueds North team manager Nigel Way said; "First of all, it has to be said that the faciklities and the pitch at Abercwmboi are first class.
"It was a dreadful night, but all credit to the two sides for putting on a wonderful show in trying conditions. The Dragons looked for long poeriods in the second half as if they were going to make it two wins on the bounce. However, we got the all important try and held on in the final minutes."
Thank Blues it's Friday! The weekend will be starting HERE on Friday night as Cardiff Blues tackle Ulster in the Guinness PRO12 at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and we want you to be our guest at our big match day party!
Let the Games Begin! Cardiff Blues launch the Guinness PRO12 season on home soil this Sunday afternoon against Glasgow Warriors (kick-off 4pm) - and we are going to make it a double celebration as we also recognise the achievements of Team Wales!
First team aces Cory Allen, Lloyd Williams, Ellis Jenkins and new signing Jarrad Hoeata were all on hand to watch the next generation of stars when Cardiff Blues held a huge Under-8s Tag Rugby tournament at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Second half tries from Dan Tuohy and Ian Humphreys saw Ulster claim the Friday night points on offer as Cardiff Blues suffered a 26-9 defeat to the impressive Irish province at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Clinical Glasgow Warriors produced a devastating final 20 minutes to secure the points on Super Sunday and consign battling Cardiff Blues to a 33-12 defeat in the Guinness PRO12 opener at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Impressive Cardiff Blues pushed English powerhouse side Leicester Tigers all the way with an hugely encouraging performance as final preparations for the new Guinness PRO12 season continued at Welford Road.