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Injury Time Blow for Young Blues

19th January 2006

Blues South under 16s were denied a much needed victory in the WRU Regional Championship last night when Ospreys captain Daniel Biggar landed a penalty three and a half minutes into injury time to earn an 11-9 victory at Corus RFC.

Three penalties from Joe Deacon looked to be enough for the Blues South who needed to beat the table-toppers to enhance their chances of reaching the final. The Blues forwards were dominant throughout and fly half Deacon tactically controlled the game with precision kicking.

However, a first half Biggar penalty, a try from Alex Stubbs and then Biggar's last gasp strike left the Blues with only a bonus point for their efforts.

Gafyn Cooper Regional Performance Manager commented,
‘I really feel for the players and management after we dominated for long periods. The players have to learn from this defeat and bounce back as better players’.

Ospreys U16 11pts Cardiff Blues South 9 pts

Meanwhile, having failed to make any impression at any age group last season, the Dragons under 16s are bang on course to reach a first WRU Reebok final thanks to a 17-8 victory at the Scarlets.

David Jones put the Dragons on course with a try after 13 minutes - a quickly taken tap penalty catching out the Scarlets - and Adam Hughes' conversion and 23rd minute penalty helped the visitors into a 10-8 interval lead.

However, thanks to a resilient performance in the second half and a 61st minute try from Aaron Coundley, once again improved by Hughes, the Dragons took the points and enhanced their lofty position.

The victory leaves the Dragons seven points clear of the Blues North and six points ahead of the South.