Cardiff Blues will face Samoa in the quarter-finals of the World Club 10s
Cardiff Blues will face the might of Samoa Water President's 10 in the quarter-finals of the World Club 10s in Singapore after an enthralling opening day of competition in Southeast Asia.
Blues fought all the way in a tight Pool B and were within touching distance of taking top spot in the final group clash after an epic final encounter with Australian Super 15 giants the Brumbies.
However, a narrow 21-12 defeat, despite tries form Ellis Jenkins and Macauley Cook, means Blues finished the opening day of the inaugural tournament in third spot in Pool B and face a Samoan team who finished second in Pool A and only defeated by the Auckland Blues.
Blues also came close to victory in the opening clash of the day as they lost out 19-12 to the Asia Pacific Dragons despite a spirited second half fight-back and superb solo try from new signing George Watkins.
Coaches Dale McIntosh and Paul John also saw Blues produce arguably the performance of the day in the afternoon as they thrashed Petrarca Rugby 36-0 with the fit-again Owen Williams among the six try scorers.
Quarter-Final Draw (all kick-offs Singapore time):
Sun 22-Jun 10:04 Cup - Quarter Final: Auckland Blues v Petrarca Rugby
Sun 22-Jun 10:31 Cup - Quarter Final: AP Dragons v London Welsh
Sun 22-Jun 10:58 Cup - Quarter Final: Samoa Water President's 10 v Cardiff Blues
Sun 22-Jun 11:25 Cup - Quarter Final: The Brumbies v Biarritz Olympique
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.