The Six Nations is just around the corner and all eyes would have been on the twinkle toes of Gavin Henson during the Cardiff Blues Pro 12 clash with Ospreys last weekend.
Blues forwards coach Justin Burnell insisted it was an encouraging match for the Welsh utility back, who could be playing his way back into contention for Wales' Six Nations campaign.
Having seen his World Cup hopes extinguished by an untimely broken arm, Henson will be eyeing a return Warren Gatland's Wales team in the upcoming Six Nations.
The former Osprey and 33-cap Wales international was making his first appearance at his former home ground in Swansea since he left the club in October 2010.
An encouraging display from Henson was ultimately spoiled by the Ospreys, winning 17-12 thanks to a Tommy Bowe try and two penalties apiece from Dan Biggar and Matthew Morgan.
However, despite the disappointing team scoreline Burnell believed Henson's display was a cause for optimism.
"We were more than capable of winning and are bitterly disappointed with that result," said Burnell. "A draw would have been a fair result.
"Gavin didn't do anything wrong, he kept us going forward and the most pleasing thing is that he's got through another full game. It's great to see him back playing rugby and next week against Leinster will be another challenge for him."
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