Cardiff Blues U16 North triumphed over their Cardiff Blues U16 South counterparts on last Tuesday night at Sardis Road to lift the U16 Regional Age Grade Championship trophy.
It is the second year in a row the fixture has acted as a league decider, with both teams coming into the fixture with 100% records, and the second season in which the North have emerged victorious to lift the trophy.
The South had taken an early lead through the brilliantly named scrum-half Gruff Tough, but North hit back with four tries before half-time through Ben Burnell (2), Amir Saleh and Cole Morgan.
A 26-7 scoreline was a hefty one to overturn for the South, and although a Charlie Jowett score gave them hope, the North held strong despite spending a long time down to 14 men to win the contest and the league.
Speaking after the game, Cardiff Blues U16 North head coach Lee Davies said, “They’re a great group and I’m hugely proud of what they have achieved this season.“They have a real ability to manage games and it is just exciting to be a part of this journey with them.
“Certain individuals I’m convinced will be professional rugby players. I’ve worked with a lot of talented boys down the years like Dillon (Lewis), Seb (Davies) and Jarrod (Evans) and some of these boys are just as talented.
“To have both Cardiff Blues teams in the final is a great achievement and moving forward the region has a very exciting future.”
The season now switches it’s focus to the combined campaign, with Cardiff Blues 16 naming a main squad as well as a development squad.
Cardiff Blues U18 coaches Aled James and Craig Everett will lead the main squad, while international tighthead Scott Andrews will take charge of the development squad.
Games will take place against Dragons, Ospreys and a visiting Scotland side for the main squad, while the development will play their Dragons and Ospreys counterparts as well as a Welsh Exiles team.
Cardiff Blues Under-16 Combined Squad: Dan Carey, Amir Saleh, David Nzamba, Cameron Winnett, Immanuel Feyi-Wasobi, Ryan Wilkins, Cole Morgan, Iwan Pyrs-Jones, Will Huggins, Ben Burnell, Harvey Nash, Gruff Tough, Jake Frost, Morgan Jones, Efan Daniel, Alfie Johnson, Ellis Fackrell, Rhys Barratt, Danny Perry, Charlie Downs, hys Dauncey, Charlie Jowett, Gwilym Evans, Cameron McIntyre, Sam Evans, Morgan Jones
April 15: Dragons v Cardiff Blues (Ystrad Mynach)
April 19: Cardiff Blues v Scotland XV (St Helen’s)
April 24: Ospreys v Cardiff Blues (Parc y Scarlets)
Cardiff Blues Under-16 Development Squad: Ewan Lloyd Skuse, Josh Atkinson, Josh Nott, Jack Beynon, Evan Morgan, Ty Lewis, Gabriel Santos, Iwan Johnes, Steffan Crimp, Sam Davies, Conor Murphy, Cian Anderson, Zac Fifield, Kane Kelly, Jamie Savery, Bonnie Hehatta, Dafydd Davies, Lewis Lloyd, Harri Williams, Jack Dauncey, Owen Heathrill, Lloyd Clarke, Jacob Rudall, Elliot Fowler, Jac Williams, Tirion Bowen, Kian Carter, Mefin Hopkins, Harri Griffiths, Owen Radcliffe, Kian Evans
March 10: Dragons Development / Exiles v Cardiff Blues Development (Ystrad Mynach)
April 14: Cardiff Blues Development v Ospreys Development / Exiles (TBC)