Ospreys coach Sean Holley says he has the personel to compete in regional rugby behind the scrum, despite losing two top-rated number nines in the space of a week.
Holley thought he had struck gold with the signiture of Kiwi hot-shot Jamie Nutbrown at the start of this season.
But the All Black scrum half is sidelined for the next seven weeks with a foot injury, and to make matters worse, it has been confirmed muscular Mike Phillips will miss the start of the Heienken cup with on going knee troubles.
However, Holley says that his two young guns, Rhys Webb and Rhodri Wells have the abilities needed to dictate a game from behind the scrum.
He told the South Wales Evening Post: "The two youngsters are doing okay and don't look out of place in regional rugby.
''That augurs well and sometimes when young players are given a chance to have game time they show what they can do.''
That said, Holley belives it might be necessary to bring in additional cover for the forthcoming weeks. ''We will see whether we should try to bring in someone else. We will assess how long Mike is going to be out, but going into a phase of the campaign when we play EDF Energy, European and Magners League matches, we need three scrum-halves."
Holley also has the option of switching Shane Williams to the pivot position. Williams is a former nine but would be missed on the wing where his talents are best employed
ERC player registration passed last weekend, however, teams may nominate an additional player to their squads in each round of the Pool Stage, providing they also de-register a player to retain a maximum squad size of 38.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.