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Young stars from the Welsh regions sparkled in a thrilling weekend of rugby action in the LV=Cup with two wins and two defeats for the four professional Welsh sides.

Cardiff Blues and Scarlets battled to great wins in the Anglo Welsh competition whilst Newport Gwent Dragons and Ospreys both narrowly lost out in high-scoring thrillers. With two wins and two defeats the competition once more proved a great testing ground for a number of young Welsh players who impressed for their teams in the latest test of their development.

With nine players across the four Regions enjoying their Regional senior debuts and a healthy group of 32 players from the Welsh Pro sides aged 21 or under taking part this weekend the LV=Cup continues to be a competition that champions the development of rugby’s next generation with opportunities handed to wider squad members.

Wasps 42 – Cardiff Blues 45

Cardiff Blues claimed a thrilling away win against Wasps at Ricoh Arena yesterday thanks to an injury time try from young lock Miles Normandale.

With less than half an hour to go the Blues were losing 42-17 but four unanswered tries saw them storm back and bag an incredible win.

After this excellent result the Blues remain unbeaten in this season’s competition and moved top of Pool 2 knowing that they are now in a great position to qualify for the semi-finals.

Newport Gwent Dragons 32 – Exeter Chiefs 37

Newport Gwent Dragons came up just short in an entertaining match against Exeter Chiefs at Rodney Parade yesterday.

The Men Of Gwent grabbed four tries in the high-scoring contest courtesy of Cory Hill, Luc Jones, Scott Matthews and Jason Tovey, while Tom Prydie added 12 points with the boot.

But they were just edged out by the reigning champions, who scored four tries of their own through Adam Hughes, Fetu’u Vainikolo, Tom James and Sam Skinner.

Gloucester 32 – Ospreys 25

The Ospreys were narrowly outscored in their defeat to Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday.

Ben John, Richard Fussell and Tom Grabham all crossed for the visitors, who put in a spirited second half performance to try and work their way back from a 22—13 half time deficit but left it too late to claim the win.

Gloucester scored four tries with Aled Thomas, Ollie Thorley and Dan Thomas crossing the line while they also grabbed a penalty try for their efforts and Billy Burns added 12 points from the boot.

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Scarlets 27 – London Irish 18

The Scarlets came from behind to beat London Irish at Parc y Scarlets on Saturday in a match that saw the welcome return of hooker Ken Owens from injury.

The home team claimed three tries through Harry Robinson, Kyle Evans and Man Of The Match Adam Warren and fly half Steven Shingler scored twelve points from kicks in his first start of the season.

The Exiles managed a try of their own through former Scarlets winger Andy Fenby and fly half Myles Dorian added a conversion and two penalties.

Next Home Fixtures

Get your tickets now for the next Cardiff Blues home match against Leicester Tigers in the LV= Cup at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday 7th February (2.30pm kick off): https://www.eticketing.co.uk/cardiffblues/default.aspx

Get your tickets now for the next Newport Gwent Dragons home game versus London Welsh in the LV= Cup at Rodney Parade on Sunday 8th February (2.30pm kick off): http://www.newportgwentdragons.com/Tickets