There is just the hint of a revival at the Blues after a long period of underperforming and, no doubt buoyed by the double incentive of renewed rivalry with the top English clubs and the news of Kiwi Legend Jonah Lomu's impending arrival, the fans turned out in unusually high numbers, and witnessed a stunning win over Saracens at the Arms Park.
They weren't disappointed as the Blues raced into a 21-3 first-half lead courtesy of tries from Craig Morgan, Jamie Robinson and Robin Sowden-Taylor. Morgan's score came after he intercepted a Kevin Sorrell pass 40 metres out and Robinson scorched 65 metres for his try.
Sowden-Taylor had a shorter run in after skipper Rhys Williams had sped 60 metres before sending the back row man coatsing in at the posts. Nicky Robinson converted all three and added a penalty on the stroke of half-time in response to a Sorrell solo try had given the English side some hope.
The new Powergen Cup may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it had them flocking to Rodney Parade to see the Dragons slay Leicester Tigers on Friday night and there were 8,212, about 2,000 up on their Celtic League attendances, to see the Blues open their account in the competition.
The second saw Nicky Robinson and Glen Jackson swap penalties before the Saracens took full advanatge of Craig Quinnell's 10 minute sojourn in the sin-bin with a rolling maul try for hooker Matt Carins that Jackson improved.
If that caused a few flutters in home hearts, the sin-binning of Sorrell, and the arrival of another Kiwi import Xavier Rush for his debut, steadied the ship. Nicky Robinson added another penalty anbd then hoisted his personal tally to 22 points with a bonus point try which he also converted.
There was just time for a second yellow card for the visitors to Iain Fullarton, and for Grand Slam hero Martyn Williams to play his first 20 minutes of the season, but the night belonged to the Blues' brothers Robinson.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.