The Cardiff Blues age grade sides have swung back into action this last week as the U18s resume their Regional Age Grade campaign after a few weeks off, before the U16s re-commence at the end of the month.
It’s been a different story for the two age categories so far. The U16s enjoyed an excellent first phase of fixtures, as both the North and South finished with 100% records. The North sit atop the table having played and won an extra game, but it sets up a tasty battle of the Cardiff Blues academy in the final round.
For the U18s it was a tough battle though. In their first season of being split between North and South both teams struggled against the united U18s of the four other development regions. The North fared slightly better than the South with a solo win in the first phase of fixtures, leaving them third from bottom, with RGC floundering on no points.
Last weekend saw the Cardiff Blues U18 South redress that, however, as they beat hapless RGC at the Arms Park and gained a try bonus point. The new coaching team of Gareth Nicholas and Sam Campbell being assisted by Josh Turnbull and Macauley Cook.
Unfortunately for the North they started back against league leaders Scarlets, falling to a 19-41 defeat at Sardis Road.
The U18 campaigns continue on Tuesday night in Pontypridd when the inter-Cardiff Blues derby takes place, so get along and support the future of the club for a 7pm kick-off if you can!
*Subject to change
Cardiff Blues U18 South
Tuesday 9th January – Cardiff Blues North – Sardis Road, 19:00
Wednesday 17th January – Ospreys – Bae Baglan School, 19:00
Tuesday 23rd January – Scarlets – Cardiff Arms Park, 19:15
Wednesday 31st January – Dragons – Cardiff Arms Park, 17:30
Cardiff Blues U18 North
Tuesday 9th January – Cardiff Blues South – Sardis Road, 19:00
Tuesday 16th January – Dragons – Ystrad Mynach, 19:15
Wednesday 24th January – Ospreys – The Wern, 19:15
Sunday 4th February – RGC – (H) TBC
Cardiff Blues U16 South
Wednesday 31st January – Ospreys West – Cardiff Arms Park, 19:30
Wednesday 14th February – Scarlets East – Cardiff Arms Park, 19:15
Wednesday 21st February – Dragons South – (A) TBC
Wednesday 28th February – Cardiff Blues North – Cardiff Arms Park, 19:15
Cardiff Blues U16 North
Wednesday 31st January – Scarlets East – (A) TBC
Sunday 11th February – RGC – (A) TBC
Wednesday 14th February – Dragons North – (A) TBC
Wednesday 21st February – Ospreys East – (H) TBC
Wednesday 28th February – Cardiff Blues South – Cardiff Arms Park, 19:15