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Cardiff Blues and the Scarlets came roaring back this weekend as they both overturned losses in the first fixture of their festive derby double headers to notch up well-earned wins over their local rivals.

In part two of the East Wales battle the Blues pinched a tight win in a nail-biting thriller against the Dragons, while down West the Scarlets got the better of arch-rivals Ospreys with a comfortable home win in the return leg of their back-to-back festive derbies.

Newport Gwent Dragons 9 – Cardiff Blues 11

A near sell-out crowd of 8,486 flooded into Rodney Parade on New Year’s Day to see Cardiff Blues gain revenge for their Boxing Day reverse with a tight 11-9 win over Newport Gwent Dragons in the Guinness PRO12.

In a low scoring first half Dragons full back Tom Prydie was the first to get the scoreboard moving with a second minute penalty after the Blues were penalised for being offside at the breakdown in part two of teams’ festive East Wales derby double-header.

Defences largely dominated the first half and the only other points before the break came from a Cory Allen try after the centre latched on to Gareth Anscombe’s pass to exploit a hole in the Dragons defence.

After the break the Dragons responded to an Anscombe drop goal with two more penalties from Prydie to put them ahead as the visitors came under pressure in the scrum. As the half wore on the Blues threw everything at Dragons and the home side’s defence was almost enough as they tackled their hearts out with a chorus of Stand Up For The Men Of Gwent echoing around Rodney Parade.

But with the game on a knife edge Anscombe added the winning score in the 68th minute with his first successful penalty kick of the afternoon clinching the narrow victory for the Blues.

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Scarlets 22 – Ospreys 10

The Scarlets claimed a first win against local rivals Ospreys since 2011 with a great twelve point victory at Parc Y Scarlets in the Guinness PRO12 on Saturday.

Man of The Match Rhys Priestland was outstanding as he pulled the strings for the Scarlets in a commanding display for the West Wales region and it was his decisive break deep in the Ospreys half that set up Liam Williams to wriggle his way over for the only try of the first half.

Priestland added three penalties to give the Scarlets a 14 – 3 half time lead as he helped them to reach a winning position they would not relinquish in front of their passionate home support.

The Scarlets went unbeaten at Parc Y Scarlets in the Guinness PRO12 in 2014 and so it continued in 2015 as John Barclay’s try after half time effectively sealed the result to the delight of the majority of the 12,301 highly-vocal supporters.

Not long after the Scot’s try Ospreys full back Dan Evans went over as the visitors fought back but a series of errors in attack was their undoing and they were unable to capitalise on the pressure they built to mount an unlikely comeback.

To watch highlights of the match click here.