Ospreys vs Cardiff Anglo Welsh LV Cup preview

The Ospreys will play their Anglo Welsh LV = Cup match against Cardiff Blues with 13 of their squad unavailable on international duty.

Ospreys Acting Head Coach, Filo Tiatia, said,”There’s plenty of excitement about the place at the moment, it’s a real challenge for this group of players and coaches over the next couple of weeks and we’re all looking forward to it.

“It’s a young team that will face Cardiff Blues, but it’s an exciting one that promises a lot so it should be a good evening for Ospreys fans, who will get another look at the future.

“This group made a huge impression when we went to Bridgend to play Leicester, and with this game and the Wasps game in Bridgend next weekend, it’s their opportunity to really kick on with their development, as individuals and as a group.

“We’ve prepared together ahead of this period and we know that a positive performance will set up another big occasion at the Brewery Field.

“We want to win every competition that we compete in, so while we are focusing on development, we want to progress in this competition, which means we must get it right on Saturday evening.

“It should be a good contest, but we have plenty of confidence in the ability of these youngsters, to go there and perform.”

Craig Cross, Will Taylor and Morgan Allen are all in line for this Ospreys debuts off the bench

Cardiff Blues have named a young side and are currently their in their pool having lost to Bath away and drawn in Exeter at home, however, Blues Forwards Coach, Justin Burnell, sees Saturday’s game as chance for many of the Blues Academy players to display their rugby ability.

Speaking ahead of the match Burnell said, “The match is a massive opportunity for some of our youngsters to show what they are capable of, especially as we aim to move the region forward, bringing youngsters through into our senior squad.”

“They have been training up at the Vale of Glamorgan training centre this week and I’ve been very impressed with a lot of the youngsters who are in our national under 20’s squad.”

“The likes of Cory Hill, Macauley Cook and Lewis Smout have huge potential. There are some very good youngsters coming up through our system, so we are very excited about that.”

“When you look at some of the players we have had in our Academy: Sam Warburton, Jamie Roberts, Bradley Davies, you see a lot of similarities with players coming through, which is hugely encouraging.”

The Bookies have given Cardiff Blues a 7 point start for this match. 

Match : Ospreys vs Cardiff Blues
Date: Saturday 29th January 2010
Venue : Cardiff City Stadium
Kick off: 6.30pm


Ospreys : 15 Tom Prydie,14 Kristian Phillips,13 Gareth Owen,12 Ashley Beck,11 Hanno Dirksen,10 Matthew Morgan,9 Rhys Webb,,1 Duncan Jones,2 Mefin Davies,3 Cai Griffiths,4 James Goode,5 Ian Evans,6 James King,7 Justin Tipuric (Capt),8 Tom Smith ,

Replacements:16 Huw Bennett,17 Craig Cross,18 Will Taylor,19 Richard Kelly,20 Morgan Allen,21 Jamie Nutbrown,22 Tom Isaacs,23 Dai Flanagan

Cardiff Blues :15 Dan Fish 14 Steve Taylor 13 Gavin Evans 12 Dafydd Hewitt (C) 11 Harry Robinson 10 Joe Griffin 9 Rhys Downes,8 Tom Brown 7 Josh Navidi 6 Luke Hamilton 5 Macauley Cook 4 Bryn Griffiths 3 Sam Hobbs 2 Kristian Dacey 1 Tom Davies

Replacements :16 Rhys Williams 17 Lewis Smout 18 Will Griff John 19 Cory Hill 20 Owen Sheppard 21 Lewis Jones 22 Lewis Williams 23 James Loxton

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