The Blues will be looking to bounce back in the Magners League following their cruel Heineken Cup exit, when they take on the Newport Gwent Dragons tomorrow night (Wednesday) at the Arms Park.
It will be Blues Wednesday at the Arms Park over the forthcoming week, with a terrace ticket package for the Welsh derbies. Supporters can purchase tickets for both matches for only £25, with the Blues taking o the Scarlets the following Wednesday, 13 May, (7.05pm kick off at the Arms Park).
Speaking ahead of the match David Young said, "I have huge respect for our opponents and I've no doubt we will have another hotly contested Welsh derby, the last one between the Dragons and the Blues at the Arms Park."
"No doubt the Dragons will raise their game as the match is equally important to them."
"Every team wants to beat their neighbours and there is also Heineken Cup qualification at stake, with both teams wanting to avoid the play off match in Italy."
"If we play to our best I am confident that we will be too strong for them but I'm sure the Dragons will be equally determined to pick up some points."
Ashley Smith returns to action for the Dragons' crucial clash against the Blues
The match also sees Richard Fussell, Lewis Evans, Nigel Hall and Captain Tom Willis return to the starting line-up.
Despite the Blues' exhausting match on Sunday and devastating exit from the Heineken Cup, Welsh international Luke Charteris, who will be making his seventy fourth start for the region is wary of the Blues' reaction for this game.
"It's true that they will be gutted after Sunday's game, but they may well come out fighting," he said "They will clearly rest players but when you have the likes of Gareth Thomas in the wings, that's a lot of experience to bring in.
"Now their Heineken Cup campaign is over, they will have woken up to find themselves in a dog-fight with us and the Scarlets for automatic qualification and they are going to want to get something out of the end of the season.
"We don't know what the Blues team will be but obviously they all have the same coaching team so we know the style of rugby to expect and so we'll be concentrating on that instead of individuals. Whatever they do, we are well-prepared and determined not to finish fourth out of the regions."
Blues: 15 Ben Blair 14 Gareth Thomas 13 Jamie Robinson 12 Tom Sanklin 11 Tom James 10 Ceri Sweeney 9 Richie Rees 8 Andy Powell 7 Robin Sowden Taylor (c) 6 Maama Molitika 5 Scott Morgan 4 Deiniol Jones 3 Tauf'ao Filise 2 T Rhys Thomas 1 Gethin Jenkins. Substitutions: 16 John Yapp 17 Gareth Williams 18 Bradley Davies 19 Xavier Rush 20 Darren Allinson 21 Nicky Robinson 22 Richard Mustoe
Newport Gwent Dragons: Jason Tovey, Gareth Wyatt, Rhodri Gomer Davies, Ashley Smith, Richard Fussell, Shaun Connor, Wayne Evans, Adam Black, Tom Willis (Capt), Nigel Hall, Hoani Macdonald, Luke Charteris, Dan Lydiate, Lewis Evans, Joe Bearman Substitutions: Steve Jones, Hugh Gustafson, Andrew Hall, Grant Webb, Aled Brew, James Arlidge, Alex Walker.
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