• Welsh teams gunning for a place in the LV= Cup Final
  • Ospreys face Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues host Scarlets in Welsh region derby
  • Only Newport and Cardiff Blues have secured wins in their opening LV= Cup matches

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Ospreys v Newport Gwent Dragons, Friday 14 November, KO 7.35pm

A Welsh derby is always a massive occasion according to Ospreys prop Dan Suter, as they prepare to take on Newport Gwent Dragons in the LV= Cup.

Suter started in the 21-9 LV= Cup loss to Saracens last weekend and he is hoping the derby atmosphere can inspire the Swansea outfit to get back to winning ways.

"We've been preparing this week for the game on Friday and it has all been going really well," said the 21-year-old. "We're expecting it to be a typical derby really, a very physical game with a good crowd.

"The LV= Cup as a whole is really important for development and to give us a taste for this level of rugby in terms of playing well-structured English teams and getting experience of the atmosphere of derbies in the games with Welsh sides.

Meanwhile Dragons No.8 James Benjamin insists he is taking nothing for granted as he pushes for more Pro12 action against the Ospreys.

"It is also a great opportunity to show what you can do and put your hand up to the coaches moving forward.

"It is all about putting yourself in the shop window and hopefully improving all the time, getting better and learning with each game.

"The game against Ospreys is obviously one we want to win but at the same time it is a learning curve for the younger guys so it is an important game for many reasons."

Cardiff Blues v Scarlets - Friday 14 November, KO 7.30pm

After a senior debut to remember, Garyn Smith is licking his lips at the prospect of welcoming the Scarlets to BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Friday night.

The Blues kicked off their LV= Cup campaign last weekend in dramatic style, overhauling a 14-point half-time deficit at Newcastle Falcons to win 22-21.

Smith started the contest at outside centre and admitted it was one he will never forget - but attentions must now switch to an all-Welsh clash as Mark Hammett's side seek to make it two wins from two and keep pace with Pool 2 leaders Northampton Saints.

"It's about trying to go out there, show what we can do and get the win. It's going to be my first time running out at Arms Park too, it's absolutely massive and I can't wait. I'm so excited. My whole family will be there watching.

"When the international guys are away, it gives the younger boys a chance to get some experience and hopefully impress to earn a run in the team."

An unconvincing start to their league campaign sees Cardiff lying ninth in the Pro12 with just one win from their opening seven games.

But victory in Newcastle has restored some faith. And, after Scarlets were well beaten at home to Northampton last Friday, it is they who need to overturn their hosts in Cardiff to keep their LV= Cup hopes alive.

However, Jordan Williams is not panicking - in fact the 21-year-old is already entertaining the idea of overtaking early pool leaders Leicester Tigers and wading into the knockout stages.

"We need a win this week with Leicester Tigers having won twice already," he said. "But if we can beat Cardiff Blues then that will give us confidence to go on, then they become reachable.

"It's difficult to know what to expect from Cardiff because there will be a few boys rested. They had a good win against Newcastle and I'm sure they will expect more of the same.

"We need to stick to our own game and put into practice what we have been working on week-by-week, developing more of a pattern to our play.

"It would be nice for a Welsh team to be in the final. It's a difficult ask, but I think every club has the capability of doing it."