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A great weekend for Welsh rugby saw the Ospreys maintain a 100% unbeaten start to their Guinness Pro12 season with a win over rivals Cardiff Blues in front of a bumper crowd of 10,821.

The busy derby is a sign of some great news for rugby in Wales – the three Welsh regional derbies played so far this season have attracted average derby crowds of over 1000 people more than those for the first three all Welsh match-ups of last season.

This 18% increase is welcome news for the whole rugby community in Wales and shows that supporters from across the four regions are backing their teams in numbers.

Alun Wyn Jones returned to the Ospreys line up at the Liberty Stadium to captain the side to their second regional derby victory of the season. The win not only sends the Ospreys back to the top of the Guinness Pro12​ ​table but also sees them stretch their unbeaten run against Welsh regional opponents to a remarkable 17 games.

Ospreys tries from full-back Dan Evans and in-form scrum-half Rhys Webb combined with 16 points from the boot of the increasingly ever reliable Dan Biggar, who delivered a perfect kicking display, was enough to see the Swansea-based region home.

Whilst the Blues were outplayed they will be encouraged by their late rally, tries from Lloyd Williams and Kristian Dacey were a fair reward for their efforts and added some balance to the final scoreline. Blues director of rugby Mark Hammett was pleased with the attacking quality the Blues showed towards the end of the game as he continues to learn about his players and find his feet in the Guinness Pro 12.

Meanwhile, the Newport Gwent Dragons went down 24-10 to Edinburgh, managing a converted try from roaming wing Matthew Pewther during a strong period of play and an Angus O’Brien penalty. That was in response to Edinburgh tries from wings Dougie Fife and Tim Visser and 14 points from the boot of Tom Heathcote.

Facing the formidable task of taking on Munster at their Thomond Park fortress, the Scarlets were unable to build on a promising start that saw Rhys Priestland land a well taken drop goal to put them into an early lead. The fly-half also kicked a penalty just before half-time, which moved him passed 1,000 career points for the Scarlets.

The west Wales region’s 17-6 loss, their second league defeat of the season, came as the streetwise Munster pack asserted themselves on the game. Munster fly-half JJ Hanrahan kicked four penalties in Limerick as the Irish province benefited from a number of penalties, and centre Andrew Smith chipped in with a try.

The regions now turn their attentions to the exciting start of a new era in European cup rugby next weekend. The Blues start their European Rugby Challenge Cup campaign at home against Grenoble on Saturday (14.30), followed by the Ospreys hosting Treviso on Sunday (13.00) in the European Rugby Champions Cup. Next up that day the Scarlets are away at current European champions Toloun (15.15). The Dragons begin their assault on the European Rugby Challenge Cup away to Stade Francais on Saturday evening (19.45).

For highlights of all the Welsh regions in Guinness Pro12​ action over the weekend CLICK HERE