The first block of Regional Age Grade Championship fixtures came to a close last week with the three Cardiff Blues teams able to look back on a solid beginning to their campaigns.
Once again it is the U16 sides leading the way, following the examples of last season’s teams who won everything before them on the way to separate and combined competition wins.
Cardiff Blues U16 North got their campaign underway with a home 31-12 victory over Ospreys West before following that up with two convincing wins on the road as first Dragons Red and then Scarlets West were dispatched with 0-69 and 0-31 scorelines, respectively. An aggregate score of 0-100 on the nose.
It is Cardiff Blues U16 South who lead the table at this stage though, courtesy of their extra game played. An away 10-24 win over Dragons Red preceded three straight home wins over Scarlets West, RGC and Ospreys East.
The U16 gets underway for the second block of fixtures in the last week with January, with four weeks of action leading up to a Cardiff Blues derby in the last game of the season that could well decide who wins this season’s Regional Age Grade Championship.
Meanwhile in the U18 competition, Cardiff Blues are once again competing as a combined side after last season’s failed experiment of retaining the North/South split into the next age grade up.
The season started with a home defeat against the Dragons, who are currently top of the table with a 100% record after four games, before a losing bonus point was secured against the Ospreys after a close 27-31 defeat.
In the last fixture of the block, Scarlets were defeated 35-22 at the Arms Park to give Cardiff Blues U18 their first win of the season, leaving the side fourth in the table but with RGC still to play twice.
The U18s will also re-start their campaign in the final week of January, with three games in the first seven days of the fixture block. Tough games on the road against Scarlets, Dragons and Ospreys will present a tough test for the players.