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A thrilling Welsh pro rugby double derby at the Millennium Stadium has achieved a record crowd in the PRO12 with an attendance of 52,762 enjoying the spectacle all four Welsh pro teams in action on one day.

The packed and vocal regional rugby crowd wrote itself into the history books to watch a great spectacle of rugby with the Ospreys securing a bonus point win over the Cardiff Blues to take them into the semi-finals of the Guinness Pro12 in May 2015.

The record-breaking PRO12 crowd was announced during the second half of the second derby with the Scarlets keeping their top six hopes alive with a 29-10 win over the Newport Gwent Dragons.

The Judgement Day III crowd now tops the charts in the PRO12 – with the top five PRO12 attendances as follows:

52,762   25/04/2015      Millennium Stadium      Blues v Ospreys & Dragons v Scarlets

51,700      29/03/2014     Aviva Stadium                         Leinster v Munster

50,645      02/10/2010     Aviva Stadium                         Leinster v Munster

48,365      04/11/2011      Aviva Stadium                          Leinster v Munster

48,000    31/12/2006      Lansdowne Road                     Leinster v Ulster

Chief Executive of Pro Rugby Wales, which represents the four professional teams the Ospreys, Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues, said: “Today’s double derby at the national stadium has been an exciting and positive day for Welsh professional rugby as a whole.

“It shows what can be achieved when all four pro teams, Pro Rugby Wales and the WRU work together successfully.  It’s a record crowd that the professional game in Wales can be proud of but the hard work continues and we’d hope this is a positive indication for the future and what can all build on.

“Since becoming WRU Chairman Gareth Davies has often spoken about the importance of unity in Welsh rugby and today is a clear illustration of what can be done when we are united and working as partners.

“Credit to the Ospreys and Scarlets who worked alongside the “host” regions Cardiff Blues and Dragons – all showed real commitment to make this event a showcase of Welsh pro rugby.

“Hard work on and off the field has created an excitement at this fixture which has engaged with our rugby communities and new customers as well.

“Our sincere thanks go to all our loyal customers and regular supporters of pro rugby for their backing of this fixture and we hope the many thousands of supporters enjoyed a great day out.”

WRU Chairman Gareth Davies has thanked the Welsh public as it was announced that Judgement Day III set a record attendance for a Guinness PRO12 match.

A regional record 52,762 spectators witnessed the double header at the Millennium Stadium and Davies hopes the event can be a benchmark for the future.

“I would like to thank the Welsh public for flocking to the Millennium Stadium and helping to create what was a fantastic event.

“The WRU and the four Regions have worked hard to create what was a great derby day and the supporters brought into and hopefully it can be a catalyst for the future.

“To set both a Regional record at the Millennium Stadium and a PRO12 record is testament to all those involved.

“We were treated to two entertaining games on the field and I am sure this event and Regional rugby will continue to go from strength to strength.”