Blues boss Dai Young knows that the hard work his side have put in since their painful defeat to Toulouse last year has paid off.
The Blues boss watched nervously from the Millennium Stadium touchline as his troops dug deep to complete a nine-six win over the most decorated side in European rugby history.
But nerves were gone in the post match press conference, and young hailed his growing team. "The players have improved game on game, season on season.
"We have been moving forward over the past two-to three years and its al culminated in this result.
"It was a great day both on and off the field. We made life difficult for ourselves but we got the result, and a place in the semi-final
Not only have the Blues impressed on the park, they have impressed off it. A second trip to the Millennium Stadium awaits them, and, in light of the record home crowd of 36,728 they pulled for today's game, Young and co. won't be too worried about rattling around in one of the largest stadium's around.
And the coach paid tribute to the progress his side have made. He said; "For a Welsh team attendance to day is a great measure on how far the team has come in the past few years a measure of interest
"From the regions' point of view it's a great day and a great experience."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.