PREVIEW - Blues v Dragons U18 Final
By Gafyn Cooper | 17/01/2012
Cardiff Blues U18's will play the Dragons in this years WRU regional championships final, on Wednesday 18th January at St Helens, Swansea. The game kicks-off at 7:30pm, and it is the third consecutive season that the Blues have made it through to the U18 final. The Blues coached by Dale McIntosh, Lee Jarvis, and Greg Prosser will be aiming for a hatrick of wins in the final after beating the Scarlets in the last two finals.
Team Manager Iestyn Williams said ' we will face a tough battle against a powerful Dragons side, but we are confident that we can put in a good performance, which will hopefully be enough to take the spoils.'
The Dragons finished top of the pool and beat the Blues 13-3 at Rodney Parade in November.
Meanwhile, its an all Blues semi final at U16 level, after Blues North secured two vital wins in four days last week to take fourth spot, and more importantly claim the last semi final place. The North beat nearest rivals the Dragons 18-17 at Abercynon, and then made the long trip to Colwyn Bay on Sunday, but were far to good for the North Walians, and ran out 43-12 victors.
Blues South play the Dragons at Pontypool tomorrow evening but have already finished top of the U16 pool. The U16 Blues South v North semi final will take place on 25th January at Cardiff International Sports Stadium, 7:15pm kick-off.
Blues U18 Team -
1. C.Lewis 2.E.Lewis 3.J.Day 4.M.Snook 5.L.Connolly 6.J.James 7.S.Parker 8.B.Roach - Captain 9.J.Raikes 10.G.Thompson 11.J.Barratt 12.G.Smith 13.L.Chalke 14.O.Smyth 15.A.Summerhill
16.M.Perks 17.G.Nash 18.M.Davies 19.O.Hitchings 20.S.Pring 21.L.O'Brien 22.L.Montague 23.K.Thomas