Young proud of Blues academy stars after Exeter draw

15 Nov

Cardiff Blues coach Dai Young has spoken of his pride after watching the club’s young players fight back to draw 23-23 with Exeter in the LV Cup.

Flanker Josh Navidi and prop Scott Andrews impressed, while teenage fly-half Joseph Griffin came off the bench to strike the clinching penalty in injury time.

All three are products of the south Wales schools rugby system, and their performances against a strong Premiership side bode well for the future.

“Considering the fact we had 23 senior players out, I’m really proud of the players,” said Young.

“Apart from the first half, they didn’t really trouble us. It was all us in the second half.

“Most of those who played for us are on development contracts. A lot of these players are a work in progress,” he added.

Another player to make an impression was winger Owen Williams, 19, whose pace and direct running caught the eye after coming on as a second half substitute.

Dafydd Hewitt captained the team for the first time, and the centre led with a series of powerful carries and big hits.

The Blues still have a chance of progressing to the next round of the LV Cup, but for Young, it is performances rather than results that matter most in this competition.

“It’s a great competition, but we also need to develop our players,” said Young.

“There’s no point in investing so much in academies if you haven’t got the balls to play the young players.”

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