There was disappointment for Cardiff Blues Women as defeat against Ospreys consigned the team to second place for a second successive season in the Women’s Regional Championship.
A change in format saw the five teams play each other on five successive weekends at the start of the season in order to get players fitness levels up to scratch and allow Wales Women head coach Rowland Phillips the chance to cast his eye over the sides before selecting a national squad ahead of Autumn Internationals and the Six Nations.
Cardiff Blues got off to a flyer with a comfortable win over Dragons, before narrow wins over Scarlets and RGC followed with winger Raf Taylor in prolific try scoring form.
However, in Sunday’s last game of the season last season’s champions Ospreys were too strong again as Cardiff Blues fell to a heavy 41-0 defeat at St Helen’s, with the home side claiming the Women’s Regional Championship title once again.
Cardiff Blues can still be proud of their efforts though, finishing with one more point than last season and continuing to cap a remarkable improvement after finishing bottom of the table just two seasons ago in 2016/17.
With the competition coming to an end this weekend, the squad will then be waiting on Rowland Phillips to name his Wales Women squad for games against South Africa, Hong Kong and Canada in November.
Wales Women’s Autumn Fixtures
Saturday 10th November – Wales v South Africa (11:30)
Friday 16th November – Wales v Hong Kong (19:00)
Saturday 24th November – Wales v Canada (11:30)
All games to take place at the Arms Park