Preview: Nottingham v Cardiff A

Cardiff A go into their final pool game with only pride to play for following last week’s loss to London Welsh. With no chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds, Richard Hodges men will be looking for a win to end their first British and Irish Cup campaign on a high.

This weekend’s opponents Nottingham are in a similar boat with just two points and no wins from their pool games thus far. Those points came in our first game, the pool opener at CAP, when Notts’ first ever meeting with a Cardiff team ended in a 20-20 draw. An extremely windy day in the Welsh capital saw us race into a 17-0 half-time lead through Richard Smith and Owen Jenkins tries, before the away side got back into it with the weather aide second half.

Cardiff A 20-20 Nottingham: https://cardiffbluesblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/cardiff-a-20-20-nottingham/

Since then the form hasn’t been brilliant at all, despite the fact their early season results have kept them in 6th place of the Championship. They’ve lost each of their last five games over the Christmas period into the New Year, culminating in a 38-19 loss in the BIC last weekend at Cornish Pirates to leave them stone dead bottom of the pool.

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Owen Jenkins scores last time out against Nottingham

Obviously Cardiff A’s only form has come via the BIC and it’s been up and down to stay the least. That dodgy start in the 20-20 draw was followed by a disappointing loss to London Welsh and then a tough game at home to Cornish Pirates was lost before we beat them away. Another disappointing loss to Welsh last week knocked us out of the competition, with the story of the campaign being impressive inidivdual performances have been overshadowed by poor team ones. Hopefully everything comes together in Nottingham.

Cardiff A 30-32 London Welsh: https://cardiffbluesblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/cardiff-a-30-32-london-welsh/

Richard Hodges has largely kept faith with the team that played last week against London Welsh, and the youngsters that have formed the backbone of the team. Last week’s two-try MotM Elis Wyn Benham is joined in the back three by Callum Hall and Terri Morgan Gee, with Richard Smith moving to the centre alongside Harri Millard. At half-backs, Jarrod Evans starts at 10, with Lewis Jones joining him as Tomos Williams is on the bench. The back row also sees changes as James Sheekey is this week flanked by Shane Lewis-Hughes and Morgan Sienawski, with Jevon Groves captaining the team from second row alongside Chris Dicomidis. Up front, Ashleigh James replaces Scott Andrews at hooker.

Cardiff A team vs Nottingham: 15 Callum Hall, 14 Teri Morgan Gee, 13 Richard Smith, 12 Harri Millard, 11 Elis-Wyn Benham, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Lewis Jones; 1 Brad Thyer, 2 Ashleigh James, 3 Craig Mitchell, 4 Jevon Groves, 5 Chris Dicomidis , 6 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 7 Morgan Sienawski , 8 James Sheekey

Replacements: 16 Joe Tomlinson, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Kieron Assiratti, 19 Miles Normandale, 20 Calum Bradbury, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Nick Griffiths

Let’s hope the A side can finish the competition on a high, but it certainly won’t be easy with a tough Friday night trip to Nottingham. The players must perform better as a team and be on top form individually, with this possibly being the last chance for a few to impress before Danny Wilson cuts the squad size down at the end of the season. Come on Cardiff A!!

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Elis-Wyn Benham was in top form last week

Stats

Cardiff A record v Nottingham: W 0  D 1  L 0

Nottingham form: LLLWLWWWLDLWWLLLLL

Cardiff A form: DLLWL

Cardiff A top try scorers: Lewis Jones, Richard Smith, Elis-Wyn Benham, Owen Lane (2)

Cardiff A top points scorer: Gareth Davies (41)

*Nottingham player stats not available

Referee Watch

Who knows, who cares. Probably Irish and about 16 years old.

Preview: Cardiff A v London Welsh

Richard Hodges’ Cardiff A team welcome the exiles London Welsh to Cardiff Arms Park for a crucial British and Irish Cup match on Saturday. After a shaky start to the pool stages it leaves the Cardiff side effectively needing two wins from the last two games to stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Even then we’d still be relying on other teams but it would be a good chance to qualify still. It won’t be easy though, as we first up face London Welsh who have already beaten us in the first game at Old Deer Park. Since then the Exiles have only lost twice in six games, to Cornish Pirates in the league and a Christmas time battering by Bristol, 35-0. They come into this week’s encounter after a 32-6 victory over Moseley to leave them 8th in the Championship.

London Welsh 32-29 Cardiff A: https://cardiffbluesblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/26/london-welsh-29-32-cardiff-a/ 

That first game was the first encounter between Cardiff and London Welsh, ending 32-29. It really should have been an A team victory, but a complete loss of concentration late in the game led to a miraculous turnaround for the home side to take all the points and leave us without a win until the trip to Cornwall just before Christmas.

Cornish Pirates 15-18 Cardiff A: https://cardiffbluesblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/23/cornish-pirates-15-18-cardiff-a/

Richard Hodges has spoken in the build up about the BIC and how the players must respond to it, “The team has had to learn quickly this season that English Championship sides play a brand of rugby that is often very different to the Welsh Premiership. It has taken us a few games to adjust but we’ve been pleased with the player’s attitude and determination to make our first campaign in the B&I Cup a successful one.” To reflect that change in styles and just how crucial this game is, there have been a few changes to the squad.

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Aled Summerhill takes on the Cornish Pirates last time out

 

First-teamers Aled Summerhill, Richard Smith and Tom Isaacs in the backs, with Gareth Davies also picked ahead of young Jarrod Evans at 10. Up front Craig Mitchell, Cam Dolan, Chris Dicomidis and Jevon Groves start, while the Scott Andrews at hooker experiment continues. Joining the experienced players are Harri Millard and Elis Wyn Benham making their A team debuts in the backs and Tomos Williams links them to the forwards as he continues his injury recovery. From the Premiership, Rhys Shellard starts at openside, while Ashleigh James and Gavin Dacey take their place on the bench.

Cardiff A team vs London Welsh: 15 Aled Summerhill, 14 Richard Smith, 13 Tom Isaacs, 12 Harri Millard, 11 Elis-Wyn Benham, 10 Gareth Davies, 9 Tomos Williams; 1 Brad Thyer, 2 Scott Andrews, 3 Craig Mitchell, 4 Cam Dolan, 5 Chris Dicomidis , 6 Jevon Groves (c), 7 Rhys Shellard , 8 James Sheekey

Replacements: 16 Ashleigh James, 17 Corey Domachowski, 18 Miles Normandale, 19 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 20 Lewis Jones, 21 Jarrod Evans, 22 Gavin Dacey

So a strong team generally, with a few players needing to prove a point there and some youngsters looking to show their potential. To put it plainly it’s a must-win game, and a chance for these players to perform under pressure. Richard Hodges has the faith in these lads, be good to see a few fans down there to support them. Come on Cardiff!!

Tommy Isaacs Cornwall
Tommy Isaacs adds experience to the A side

 

Stats

Cardiff A record v London Welsh: W 0  L  1

Cardiff A form: DLLW

London Welsh form: WLWWLLWLLLWWLWWLW

Cardiff A top try scorers: Owen Lane, Richard Smith and Aled Summerhill (2)

London Welsh top try scorer: Guy Armitage (9)

Cardiff A top points scorer: Gareth Davies (27)

London Welsh top points scorer: Olly Barkley (56)

Referee Watch

Someone Irish as per.

 

 

Preview: Cornish Pirates v Cardiff A

To put it straight, last week did not go well at all for Cardiff A. A 10-22 loss at home to Cornish Pirates, after going 5-0 up and being on the front foot, increased their lead at the top of the group and left us floundering in third. Anything but a return win this weekend would effectively leave us out of the British and Irish Cup.

Cardiff A 10-22 Cornish Pirates:  https://cardiffbluesblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/cardiff-a-10-22-cornish-pirates/

Richard Hodges has spoken about working on attacking shape this week, which was what ultimately cost the side at CAP with swathes of possession not being capitalised on. This of course wasn’t helped by key injuries to Owen Lane and Aled Summerhill in the first half, and Will Rees-Hole in the second, but we still should’ve won.

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Aled Summerhill was forced off last week

 

The Cornish Pirates stayed top of the pool after last week’s win followed wins at home to London Welsh and away at Nottingham. Their success in the BIC has been timed with the league form as the Pirates have won their last two league games, having won only two of their previous nine, meaning they arrive in Cardiff on a run of four wins. They beat London Welsh in their last league game at Old Deer Park, 19-38, but still find themselves down in 10th in the Championship. A misfiring attack and a leaky defence haven’t helped earlier in the season, but at least in terms of try scoring, they have improved in the last few weeks.

Before last week there wasn’t a lot to go on in terms of previous encounters, as Cornish Pirates have never played the professional Cardiff side, but there was a pre-season friendly in the South-West for Cardiff RFC at the beginning of the 2009/10 season, which didn’t go so well. Gareth Davies scored 8 points, and Owen Williams came off the bench, as the Blue and Blacks went down 60-1.

Richard Hodges again makes seven changes to the team, but the starting XV comes out of it looking a lot more experienced this week. Some changes are forced, with Owen Lane and Will Rees-Hole are injured, while Dillon Lewis and Tommy Isaacs were both out in Montpellier during midweek. Owen Jenkins replaces his namesake Lane on the left wing, while Adam Thomas comes in at inside centre. Harry Davies’ selection means a re-shuffle with Aled Summerhill starting outside Thomas and Davies slotting in at full-back. Richard Smith is the only surviving back as Gareth Davies and Lewis Jones start ahead of James Thomas and Tomos Williams at half-back.

Meanwhile up front, Joe Jones replaces Dillon Lewis, and in the back row Cam Dolan starts at 8 and Jordan Viggers on the openside in place of James Sheekey and Rhys Shellard, respectively. A very strong and experienced team with a littering of youth, one that should be more than strong enough to get past Cornish Pirates. About time now the A team followed the senior squad in putting together a full, strong performance. Come on Cardiff A!!

Owen Jenkins Try
Owen Jenkins returns for Cardiff A

 

Stats

Cardiff record v Cornish Pirates: W 0  D 0  L 1

Cardiff A form: WDLL

Cornish Pirates form: WLLLLWLLLWWWWW

Cardiff A top try scorers: Owen Lane and Richard Smith (2)

Cornish Pirates top try scorers: Matt Evans and Jack Arnott (5)

Cardiff A top points scorer: Gareth Davies (19)

Cornish Pirates top points scorer: Kieran Hallett (49)

Referee Watch

TBC (IRFU) – All I can find is that it will be an Irish referee, as it has been and will be for all our games.

Preview: Cardiff A v Cornish Pirates

The return of European rugby means the returrn of the British and Irish Cup, and Cardiff A resume their campaign with a double-header against the Cornish Pirates, first welcoming them to Cardiff Arms Park this weekend. Like the senior team, the A side are facing a make or break week as they battle for a place in the top two to make the quarter-finals, following a draw against Nottingham and last-gasp loss to London Welsh.

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Aled Summerhill can’t stop London Welsh

 

Their opponents, the Cornish Pirates, currently lead the pool after wins at home to Welsh and away at Nottingham, but such is the competitiveness of the group that a bonus point win, or a regular won by 12 points, will take us above them. Their success in the BIC has been timed with the league form as the Pirates have won their last two league games, having won only two of their previous nine, meaning they arrive in Cardiff on a run of four wins. They beat London Welsh in the league last week at Old Deer Park, 19-38, but still find themselves down in 10th in the Championship. A misfiring attack and a leaky defence haven’t helped earlier in the season, but at least in terms of try scoring, they have improved in the last few weeks.

Not a lot to go on in terms of previous encounters, as Cornish Prates have never played the professional Cardiff side, but there was a pre-season friendly in the South-West for Cardiff RFC at the beginning of the 2009/10 season, which didn’t go so well. Gareth Davies scored 8 points, and Owen Williams came off the bench, as the Blue and Blacks went down 60-13.

Cardiff A have been equally misfiring as their opponents this weekend, although with slightly less evidence to base this on. The friendly against our Ospreys counterpart had given hope that we might do well in the BIC, but a draw at home to Nottingham in dreadful conditions didn’t give us much chance to get more form behind us. The loss to London Welsh was a real disappointment as we were cruising to an easy win before losing concentration. Hopefully big lessons were learned and backbones strengthened. At that time, it reflected the performance of the senior team remarkably as players effectively stopped playing for large parts of matches, perhaps now the full side have got their act together a bit, the A team will keep following.

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Captain Jevon Groves needs to inspire the team

After that poor defeat, Richard Hodges has rung a few changes in the team for the weekend. A new half-back pairing of James Thomas, in his third stint with Cardiff RFC, and Tomos Williams, who returns from injury, is supported outside by senior players Tom Isaacs and Richard Smith. There is a new look front row in front of them, as youngsters Brad Thyer and Dillon Lewis pack down either side of Scott Andrews, who cements his place as ‘World’s Most Versatile Forward’. The final change is in the back row, as Pontypridd’s Rhys Shellard comes in at flanker.

Cardiff A team vs Cornish Pirates: 15 Aled Summerhill, 14 Richard Smith, 13 Tom Isaacs, 12 Will Rees-Hole, 11 Owen Lane, 10 James Thomas, 9 Tomos Williams; 1 Brad Thyer, 2 Scott Andrews, 3 Dillon Lewis, 4 Miles Normandale, 5 Chris Dicomidis , 6 Jevon Groves (c), 7 Rhys Shellard ,8 James Sheekey

Replacements: 16 Ashleigh James, 17 Joe Jones, 18 Nick White, 19 Jordan Viggers, 20 Lewis Jones, 21 Callum Hall, 22 Harry Davies

Stats

Cardiff record v Cornish Pirates: First Encounter

Cardiff A form: WDL

Cornish Pirates form: WLLLLWLLLWWWW

Cardiff A top try scorer: Owen Lane (2)

Cornish Pirates top try scorer: Matt Evans (5)

Cardiff A top points scorer: Gareth Davies (19)

Cornish Pirates top points scorer: Kieran Hallett (49)

Referee Watch

TBC (IRFU) – All I can find is that it will be an Irish referee, as it has been and will be for all our games.

Preview: London Welsh v Cardiff A

The second game of the Cardiff A campaign comes up on Saturday with a trip to face London Welsh at Old Deer Park. After last weekend’s draw in extremely tricky conditions at CAP, fingers crossed that the wind is more settled this time and there is more of a chance for the young and fringe players to actually play rugby.

Richard Hodges freshened up the team somewhat after last week’s slog with seven changes to the starting line-up. Aled Summerhill returned from his ban to replace Harry Davies at full-back while Owen Lane and Will Rees-Hole were picked ahead of Richard Smith and Adam Thomas in the backs. Up front, Thomas Davies and Joe Tomlinson joined Scott Andrews, while in the back row, fit-again Cam Dolan took first teamer Macauley Cook’s place, and James Sheekey started ahead of Ben Roach, with captain Jevon Groves switching to flanker. On the bench, Cardiff RFC half-backs Chris Williams and James Thomas took their places as the Blue and Blacks were better represented this week.

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Aled Summerhill returned from his ban
With no prior head-to-head form to go on, we have to look at London Welsh’s form to get an idea of how the game might go. Fair to say it’s been an up and down season for the Exiles, as they sit 9th place in the English Championship. A decent start with three wins in the first four games, has been followed by a slump to one win in the last six, culminating in a 28-21 loss to the Cornish Pirates in their opening BIC encounter. As the second lowest points scorers in the league, perhaps their offence might not be the biggest threat, and judging by their 10-30 loss to Nottingham a few weeks ago, they may be the weakest team in the group, but whisper it quietly.

Cardiff A team v London Welsh: 15 Aled Summerhill, 14 Owen Lane, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Will Rees-Hole, 11 Geraint Walsh, 10 Gareth Davies, 9 Lewis Jones; 1 Thomas Davies, 2 Joe Tomlinson, 3 Scott Andrews , 4 Miles Normandale 5 Chris Dicomidis, 6 Cameron Dolan ,7 Jevon Groves (c), 8 James Sheekey

Replacements: 16 Bradley Thyer, 17 Joe Jones, 18 Shane Lewis Hughes, 19 Jordan Viggers, 20 Chris Williams, 21 James Thomas, 22 Harry Davies

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So a massive chance to stay unbeaten and grab some important points on the road against, with respect, probably the weakest team in the pool. A big opportunity for a number of Cardiff RFC and young players to put their names in Danny Wilson’s smaller squad hat. Safe travelling to any Cardiff A ultras going up to Old Deer Park, come on Cardiff!

Stats

Cardiff A form: WD

London Welsh form: WLWWLLWLLL

Cardiff A top try scorer: Ben Roach (2)

London Welsh top try scorer: Guy Armitage (5)

Cardiff A top points scorer: Gareth Davies (10)

London Welsh top points scorer: Joe Carlisle (46)

 

 

Preview: Cardiff A v Nottingham A

Cardiff A play their first ever competitive British and Irish Cup match this weekend when they take on Nottingham RFC at the Arms Park. The BIC campaign is being used by the Welsh professional clubs to bridge the ever increasing gap between the Pro12 and Welsh Premiership, with the A teams entered being made up of mostly academy and young players, a few senior fringe players, and some of the better players in the Premiership.

Why A teams are the way forward: https://cardiffbluesblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/07/a-step-in-the-right-direction/

Our opponents in the first round of group games, Nottingham, who we’ve never played as far as I can work out, certainly not since 2003, have had a somewhat indifferent start to their English Championship season. It took for games before they got a win at Moseley, before a loss at Bedford sparked a three-game winning run. That was ended last week by an 11-17 home loss to Rotherham, leaving the green and whites in 6th place after nine games. With their 216 points working out at an average of 24 points a game, they aren’t any slouches in attack, but having conceded 221, the fourth most in the league, the defence leaves a bit to be desired. They could well be known as the Cardiff of the Championship!

 

Nottingham’s Ben Morris attacks against Rotherham

 

While their head coach is well known, Martin Haag the former Bath and England lock, their playing staff isn’t exactly filled with star names. Their best player by some distance is former Otago captain and New Zealand Sevens international Paul Grant, who already has 11 tries in the 9 games this season, impressive for a winger, let alone a back row forward. Tonga international, and former Scarlet, Viliame Iongi is also a danger from the wing, but apart from that it is mainly domestic players in the squad.

While Nottingham have a good amount of the season under their belt and some form to assess them on, Cardiff A have all but nothing in that respect. Of course the senior academy players and fringe first team players train with each other a lot, but they rarely all play together, apart from two instances in the past year. Last season, Cardiff A lost to Ospreys A at home, 15-24, in a friendly arranged during the Autumn Internationals, followed by the same fixture last week in preparation for the BIC. That time it was a resounding 43-13 win for Cardiff, with Ben Roach crossing the line twice as Richard Hodges took charge of the team for the first time.

Cardiff A 43-13 Ospreys A: Match Report – https://cardiffbluesblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/05/cardiff-a-43-13-ospreys-a/

 

Chris Dicomidis in Cardiff A action

 

Team news-wise, there are four changes to the team that played Ospreys in the friendly last week. Two forced changes as Jarrod Evans travels to Italy with the senior team, leaving Gareth Davies to start at fly-half, while Seb Davies disclocated his shoulder last week and is replaced at Chris Dicomidis. The other changes come in the form of Ethan Lewis starting at hooker ahead of Liam Belcher, and Richard Smith preferred to Geraint Walsh on the wing. Premiership players Marc Breeze, James Thomas and Will Rees-Hole are on the bench of a line-up that has a decent mix of youth and experience, just how it should be really.

Cardiff A team v Nottingham: 15 Harry Davies, 14 Richard Smith, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Adam Thomas, 11 Owen Jenkins, 10 Gareth Davies, 9 Lewis Jones; 1 Bradley Thyer, 2 Ethan Lewis, 3 Scott Andrews, 4 Miles Normandale, 5 Chris Dicomidis, 6 Macauley Cook, 7 Ben Roach, 8 Jevon Groves (c)

Replacements: 16 Marc Breeze, 17 Kieron Assiratti, 18 James Sheekey, 19 Shane Lewis Hughes, 20 Mike Hale, 21 James Thomas, 22 Will Rees-Hole

So, Richard Hodges and his men are ready to begin their first BIC campaign as Cardiff A, and it’s a big step forward in terms of the senior academy players stepping up to the senior squad, and for the future of Cardiff Blues in general. With the first team away in Italy, it’d be good to see a decent crowd at CAP for Nottingham’s visit, and to support the younger and fringe boys. The next thing I’ll say, I will say with a whisper…we could even be on for some silverware, come on Cardiff!

Stats

Cardiff A form – W  Nottingham form – LLLWLWWWL

Cardiff A top try scorer – Ben Roach (2)

Nottingham top try scorer – Paul Grant (11)

Cardiff A top points scorer – Jarrod Evans (9)

Nottingham top points scorer – Dan Mugford (49)

Referee Watch

Sean Gallagher (IRFU) –  Young Irish level 3 referee Sean usually operates on the Ulster bank league and is a Pro12 touch judge, so as such has never taken charge of a Cardiff match. It will be a big occasion for the 26-year-old as he probably takes charge of a match outside of Ireland for the first time. Let’s be fair though, he can’t be worse than Leighton Hodges.

Preview: Cardiff A v Ospreys A

The new and improved Cardiff Blues A team, or the ‘Premiership Select XV’, if you want, warms up for their first British and Irish Cup campaign with a friendly against their Ospreylian counterparts at Cardiff Arms Park on Wednesday evening, kick off 7.15pm.

   

Elite Performance Pathway Manager, Richard Hodges, takes charge of the team that contains a number of his current and former Academy players, as well as a few senior squad players in need of some playing time. The starting XV provides a nice blend a youth and experience, and hits the nail on the head in terms of what the A team should be.

Former Wales Sevens captain Jevon Groves leads the team from number 8, with Scott Andrews, Chris Dicomidis and Macauley Cook joining him in the pack, and Lewis Jones, Adam Thomas, and Geraint Walsh providing experience behind the scrum. They will be guiding the young players through the game as the development pathway continues for a lot of Cardiff youngsters.

Jevon Groves leads the A side

Standing out in particular, from the younger members of the team looking to make their mark, are hooker Liam Belcher and lock Seb Davies, who both signed long term deals in March, fly-half Jarrod Evans, who started every game for Wales U20 at the Junior World Championship in the summer, and outside back Harry Davies, who was on the bench for the senior team in Munster. Also of note on a bench that has an average age of just under 20, is 17 year old centre Owen Lane, who has featured regularly for Cardiff RFC this season, and new academy signing Rhun Williams, the Wales U18 international signing from RGC in August.

Owen Lane in action vs Bristol in pre-season

Not much to go on and in the stats section, and of course they don’t really matter for A team friendlies, but there’s a few facts. Ospreys and Cardiff senior teams find themselves in 10th and 11th positions, respectively in the Pro12, after extremely disappointing starts to the season. Both will be hoping that returning World Cup stars can kickstart their seasons, and using these A games to keep fringe players fresh as well as blooding youngsters will be a help. In terms of history, there is a very tiny amount to go on, as in October last year, the two sides played the same friendly on a Monday night to get some fringe players fitness before the Autumn Internationals. It was a 15-24 win for the Swansea based team on that night, Will Baird and James Sheekey crossing the line for Cardiff. Only  13 of the players who turned out in blue that night will be involved on Wednesday though, out of a squad of 27, and I can’t imagine Ospreys will have many more, if any. 

Dillon Lewis carries the ball in last season’s Cardiff A v Ospreys A game

So it’s good to see the A team being used correctly already by Millard, Wilson and Hodges, and I’m certainly excited to see the youngsters given a chance to step up from the Premiership. Long may the development pathway continue, and eventually the young players it creates take Cardiff back to the top of Welsh and European rugby. Come on Cardiff!

Cardiff A team v Ospreys A: Backs: Harry Davies, Geraint Walsh, Garyn Smith, Adam Thomas, Owen Jenkins, Jarrod Evans, Lewis Jones.

Forwards: Jevon Groves (c), Ben Roach, Macauley Cook, Seb Davies, Chris Dicomidis, Scott Andrews, Liam Belcher, Brad Thyer.

Subs: Callum Lewis, Ethan Lewis, Dillon Lewis, Miles Normandale, Shane Lewis Hughes, Jordan Viggers, Mike Hale, Callum Hall, Chris Knight, Owen Lane, Elis Wyn Benham , Rhun Williams.