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The regions played out two hotly contested LV= Cup Welsh derby fixtures on Friday night, which were both fascinating for their own reasons.

The Cardiff Blues continued their good form of late by edging out Scarlets in a tight affair, while Newport Gwent Dragons blasted their way to victory against Ospreys, securing over 50 points for a memorable win in what was one of the highest scoring Welsh derbies of all time – with 11 tries and 86 points on the board!


The LV= Cup has once again proved a great arena for the regions to hand opportunities to their best young Welsh players with the games offering more chances for talented young players to make their senior debuts.


Cardiff Blues 19 – Scarlets 13


Cardiff Blues maintained their 100% start to this season’s LV= Cup with a close win against Scarlets at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park as they handed a debut to Aled Summerhill.


A kicking battle between Blues fly half Simon Humberstone and his young Scarlets counterpart Josh Lewis ensued in the first half to give the Blues a narrow 9-6 lead at the break, but it was the Scarlets who drew first blood after half time through a well worked Sion Bennett try. Although they scored the well-deserved try at a key time the Scarlets could not pull away on a night they handed debuts to Josh Adams and Ben Leung in a team whose average age was only 21.


As the Blues fought back captain Ellis Jenkins crashed over for a try in the corner to restore their lead and replacement Will Thomas added a late penalty to extend the gap and seal the result.


The victory puts the Blues second in Pool 2, just a point behind group leaders Northampton, and will leave the region highly satisfied with the opening of their LV= Cup campaign.


Ospreys 35 – Newport Gwent Dragons 51

The Bridgend Ford Brewery Field was host to one of the highest scoring Welsh derbies in a decade as Dragons scored a staggering 41 unanswered first half points before exceeding the 50 point mark in the second period against the Ospreys, who handed a debut to Rob Dudley-Jones.

Lewis Evans scored three tries on his 150th appearance for the region, while Cory Hill provided two tries and Ross Wardle added another for the Dragons, who led by 48-0 early in the second half. These scores combined with 21 points from the boot of Dorian Jones were enough for the Dragons to mass an unassailable lead despite a battling comeback from the Ospreys.


They sprung into life in the second half with five tries of their own from Hanno Dirksen, Dafydd Howells, Cai Griffiths, Aisea Natoga plus a penalty try, all of which were converted by Sam Davies. However, despite their best efforts the Ospreys could not prevent losing the 11 try thriller in Bridgend as the Dragons dug deep and held on for a deserved win.


After this excellent result the Dragons currently sit second in Pool 1 and know that a strong showing in the next couple of rounds in the competition will give them a great chance of making the knock out phases of this season’s LV= Cup competition.