The Ospreys U16s West kicked off block 2 of the Regional Age-Grade Championship with an away victory on Sunday afternoon.
The young side travelled to Sardis Road to face a tough Cardiff Blues U16s North side.
Both sides battled hard in the opening stages of the game in a bid to gain the upper hand against the other. The visitors were the first to break through the defence, a quick work try out wide allowed Harvey James to run over the whitewash for the opening try. Keillen Cullen slotting the extras to hand the Ospreys the 7-0 lead with just shy of 25 minutes on the clock.
Holding their own well in attack and defence, the Ospreys went in at the break without conceding to their hosts. But running out for the second half, Cardiff Blues turned their play up a gear to conjure up an attack in the Ospreys half. Working their way through the phases Owen Williams broke loose to crash over the line for the hosts first try. Chad Powell converting to level the scores.
But the Ospreys answered back almost immediately! Only a minute later, a penalty allowed the Ospreys to kick for the lineout deep in their opponent’s half. A huge effort from the pack pushed the hosts back leaving them scrambling their defences. Ploughing their way closer to the line a pickup and drive from skipper Joe Rees sent the Ospreys over for try number 2. Cullen with the conversion to take the Ospreys 14-7 ahead.
Digging in deep, the Ospreys held their own well for the duration of the game, denying their hosts a shot at a score which rounded off in a well-deserved win for the Ospreys side.
Next up for the U16s West is the visit of RGC U16s to the Gnoll on Sunday 9th February.
Their U16s counterparts, the U16s East, will travel to face the North Wales outfit on Sunday 2nd February at Parc Eirias.
The Ospreys U18s return to block 2 action tomorrow night when they welcome the Scarlets U18s to Aberavon RFC, K.O 7:30pm.