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As Wales’ four pro rugby teams head back into Guinness Pro12 action this weekend, the results from the final round of the LV=Cup saw two wins and two losses for the Welsh sides.

The Ospreys flew the flag for Welsh regional rugby over the border with a dramatic win against Bath at their home fortress The Rec in front of a capacity crowd with a try in the last minute against the English side to win 10-13.

The Cardiff Blues and Scarlets both lost out to their opponents in tough fixtures against strong English sides with Leicester Tigers securing a 9-43 win over the Blues at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park to go into the semi-finals and Sale winning at home 38-3 over the Scarlets.

The Dragons rounded off the LV=Cup action with their 17-13 win over London Welsh at Rodney Parade on Sunday afternoon.

It will be an all England LV=Cup semi-final in mid March with Exeter Chiefs against Leicester Tigers and Saracens against Northampton Saints.

All four Regions’ coaches were united in their views that the LV=Cup has given many of their wider squad members a great opportunity to develop and push themselves forward in the senior squad.

Acting Forwards Coach, Tom Smith, said that Saturday’s big LV= Cup win over Bath at the Rec would be the catalyst for a big month of PRO12 rugby ahead of the Region. He said: “It’s a great win for us. Coming to the Rec, with a full house and up against a strong Bath team, it’s an excellent achievement to get the result.

“I thought the defensive effort was outstanding and showed the amount of work that this team is willing to put in. I think it’s a big moment in the ongoing development of this group. The way we ended the game shows the resolve and determination in this squad, which still has a fair bit of inexperience right through it. It’s pleasing that with so many players coming into the team, who maybe haven’t played much, that they have fitted into our system well.

“Towards the end, when the game opened up, we showed some good skills and awareness, particularly for the try at the end which was as good as any you’ll see in any game. I’m really pleased for the boys, they got the reward that their application and effort deserved and that’s important looking ahead to the big PRO12 games coming up.

 “It’s a massive period for us now and with our internationals away and a fair few injuries, it’s this group that have a job to do and carry us forward. They are the ones who we need to do a job, take us through this period and ensure we’re in a good position to push on for the play-offs.

The Dragons came back with a strong second half after going in at half time losing 3-13; but were boosted by their home crowd and tries from replacements Richie Rees and points from full back Tom Prydie in the second half to secure a home win.

Down West, all attention is on the race for the top six in the Guinness PRO12 with a big game for the Scarlets against Irish province Connacht this Sunday.

Acting Head Coach for the LV=Cup campaign Ioan Cunningham said his team will have benefited from the last two weeks against strong opposition: “We obviously had a mixed bag of players from our feeder clubs and some of our pro players from the region. Firstly it was a great experience for them to play against strong opposition and I think we stuck in well until the end.

“It is difficult to deal with losing but for our young development players coming through our academy they would have learned so much today just coming up against an opposition like that. It’s important as well that we reward players who feature in our premiership and give them an opportunity.”

Scarlets are in the race for a top six finish in the PRO12 which will ensure European qualification next season. Currently in 8th, the Scarlets are just five points behind Connacht who are in 6th. Next Sunday’s clash is a must win clash to keep the qualification hopes alive.

The Cardiff Blues impressed early in their Saturday fixture at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park and opened up a 9-0 lead through the boot of fly half Gareth Davies before a double try from the visitors put the English side in control. Down just 9-15 at half time, the Cardiff Blues then suffered a catalogues of injuries while Leicester secured a bonus point win with six tries.

The Blues who had won three out of four games in the LV=Cup went out of the competition as Northampton Saints took pole position of Pool 2 with a bonus point win over Wasps.

This weekend, the Ospreys are away to Edinburgh on Friday night, the Cardiff Blues travel away to Munster on Saturday evening and on Sunday, the Scarlets host Connacht while the Newport Gwent Dragons travel away to Leinster.

This weekend’s Pro12 fixtures:

Friday 13th February Edinburgh v Ospreys, 8.05pm, Myreside

Saturday 14th February Munster v Cardiff Blues, 7.35pm, Irish Independent Park

Sunday 15th February Scarlets v Connacht, kick-off 12.45pm, Parc y Scarlets

Sunday 15th February Leinster v Newport Gwent Dragons, kick-off 3pm, RDS