Dafydd Howells' hat trick secured a win over the Dragons
Rising star Dafydd Howells scored a hat trick in a convincing victory for the Ospreys U18 over the Dragons.
The home side ran in five tries, Dan Brooks and Jed Evans also crossing, as they cruised to a 31-10 victory.
On a cold night at Llandarcy, the Ospreys were in a determined mood as they looked to get a much needed win before the age grade tournament breaks up over Christmas. And they did just that, starting the game well and putting the Dragons' defence under pressure from the kick-off.
With only three minutes on the clock, scrum half Brooks crossed the whitewash to open up the scoring. Fly-half Luke Price failed to add the difficult conversion from out wide but his side were off to a fast start.
The early score gave the home side confidence and they moved the ball around the pitch with great accuracy. This soon led to another try minutes later, again scored out wide by winger Evans.
Price failed to add the extra two but the young Ospreys then went up another gear with some great ball carrying by lock Rory Thornton and loose head prop Chris Forshaw. The forward dominance provided a great platform for the Ospreys with Howells making the most it.
The Wales academy winger ran in three tries of his own before half time and had his side kicked their goals, they would have been out of sight. As it was, all five conversions and a penalty were missed but the home side went in at half time 25-0 up.
With a significant deficit to overcome, the Dragons started the second half in determined mood as they looked to get back into the game. Outside half Angus O'Brien got the visitors back into things, crossing the line with a well worked try though he failed to add the conversion. Given heart by the score, the Dragons went up a gear and minutes later, lock Deryn Jones went over. Again the conversion was missed but the Dragons trailed by 15 points with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Both sides were playing entertaining rugby and were not afraid to move the ball around.
The young Ospreys failed to crack the Dragons defence, switching tactics to play for territory.
This led to two penalties in the Dragons 22. Centre Joe Thomas stepped up to take the kicks, scoring twice from the boot bringing the score 31-10.
The Dragons still would not crack but the Ospreys' defence held strong to seal the win.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event