Cardiff Blues U18 in good shape despite Ospreys loss

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Cardiff Blues U18 suffered a disappointing defeat to Ospreys U18 in their final game of the first fixture block but are still in good Regional Age Grade Championship position heading into the break in the season.

It’s been a slightly disjointed run of games for the squad, as members of the Wales U18 touring party to South Africa were fed into the team, while there was also involvement for some in the Celtic Cup at the end of the fixture block.

However, the squad led by Craig Everett and Aled James got out of the blocks well, winning away at Dragons U18 in Ystrad Mynach in their first game of the season.

A tense first half saw the away side lead thanks to a Iestyn Galton try, but an accomplished second period saw tries from Cai James, Efan Daniel and Ryan Wilkins, as well as the boot of Ben Burnell, help Cardiff Blues to a comfortable 10-27 victory.

This win was backed up the following Sunday, when RGC U18 arrived at Sardis Road from North Wales and the home side seemed to follow the performance pattern of the first game.

Just an Ollie James try and two kicks from Burnell saw Cardiff Blues hold a slender lead at the break, but scores from Burnell, Ellis Fackrell, Harvey Nash, a second of the season for Ryan Wilkins, and two tries from Evan Lloyd helped the hosts to a 44-12 win.

Unfortunately the third game of the season did not go to plan, despite another first half that saw us leading 5-7 at the break after a well-taken Theo Cabango try.

Injuries and a yellow card unsettled Cardiff Blues in the second half, and in their home game at Aberavon’s Talbot Athletic Ground the Ospreys were able to take advantage, scoring two tries and kicking a penalty.

Corben Evans crossed for the away side but it couldn’t stop a 20-12 defeat that leaves the team second behind Scarlets after the first round of fixtures. Regional Age Grade Championship games resume in January.


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