On a glorious Sunday afternoon at The Wern, Merthyr, the Under 14's of the Heart of Wales and Pontypridd produced an excellent and exciting game of rugby, which was almost a carbon copy of their game at Pontypridd.
The HOW boys set about their task with earnest, and within 5 minutes of the start, Liam Jones (Aberdare) pounced on an error in the Pontypridd back line to open the scoring.
A couple of minutes later a long kick was chased well by the HOW half backs, resulting in scrum half Shaun Clarke (Aberdare) scoring a try that Alex Gwynne (Dowlais) converted.
A neck injury to HOW Hooker Scott Parry (Gwernyfed) after 10 minutes resulted in a 20minute delay in proceedings. Straight after the restart openside Flanker Jay Evans (Merthyr) found room down the blindside, to score in the corner.
HOW extended their lead to 22 points with a well worked try from Full Back Rhys Bow (Merthyr). The HOW forwards were so dominant that Pontypridd had rarely set a foot in their half of the field.
Just before the break a HOW player was sin binned, and this indiscretion was the turning point in the game.
From the start of the second half the Ponty players were much more aggressive and determined at the tackle area, and with their extra player took full advantage. Powerful No8 Johnathan Barnett was the pick of the Ponty side scoring an excellent hat-trick of tries, which Callum Wheeler converted 2 of, to bring the score to 22 -19, with around 5 minutes remaining.
A spark appeared in the HOW forwards and after some aggressive play outside half Tom Davies (Builth Wells) scored a try to take the score to 27 -19 and leaving Pontypridd to score twice to win the game with a few minutes left.
Pontypridd poured through on the HOW backline from the kick off and scored a well worked try in the corner through Oliver Smyth. HOW were on the ropes but managed to hold out for the remaining minutes to secure the win.
Both sets of players should be congratulated for the feast of rugby they produced.
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.
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.