The regular season of the inaugural Celtic Cup comes to it’s conclusion this weekend with Cardiff Blues A, Ospreys Development and Scarlets A still in the hunt for top spot in the Welsh pool.
For Cardiff Blues A it’s been a tough campaign, having to recover from a heavy away defeat to Leinster A and a disappointing home loss to Ulster A in tough weather conditions, before bouncing back into contention.
An encouraging performance in the home defeat to Munster A, which could well have been a win with a recognised goal kicker on the field, was followed by a superb bonus point win away to Connacht Eagles in Galway on the weekend which moved the team up to second in the table.
Tries from Liam Belcher, Harri Millard, Aled Summerhill and Tom James secured the win for Cardiff Blues A, but coaches Richie Rees and T Rhys Thomas may be without some key players for this weekend’s crucial final game as the first team travel to Lyon.
John Mulvihill may well take the likes of Lewis Jones and Steve Shingler as travelling reserves to France, while Gethin Jenkins is in line for a return to the first team squad after overcoming the calf injury that has kept him sidelined so far this season.
Cardiff Blues A will still be hunting a win over Ospreys Development though, with the winner securing second place in the Celtic Cup’s Welsh pool and possibly leapfrogging Scarlets A into top spot, should the West Wales side lose to Dragons A at Llandovery RFC this weekend.
Winning the pool would see Cardiff Blues A going through to the first ever final of the Celtic Cup, taking on the top Irish side which will be decided at this weekend’s Leinster A v Munster A encounter.
If you’re not heading to Lyon this weekend, get down to the Arms Park on Saturday to support Cardiff Blues A v Ospreys A. Entry is included in your season ticket.