Cardiff finished the Principality Premiership in 9th place following defeat to Bedwas despite a Cam Dolan hat-trick.
The visitors had the better start to the game but the Blue& Blacks landed the first blow. Gareth Thompson landing a penalty. Bedwas came straight back and Adam Williams was put straight through a hole by James Dixon, the centre needed no invitation to continue his run to the line, Dixon converted. Shortly after though the home side were back in front. Following a series of punches up the middle of the park the ball was spread wider. James Beal made headway down the wing following a Harri Millard break but when that move ended the forward took over and Dolan scored the first of his tries to put Cardiff back ahead.
Thompson added the extras and extended the lead with another penalty before Bedwas struck back, Matthew Pettit was the man to score following a scrum that didn’t go as Cardiff had planned. Dixon converted to send the visitors in one point ahead at half time.
The second half saw Bedwas scrum take over as it shunted Cardiff about the field and gained several penalties as a result. From one penalty that was kicked to the corner a set peel move allowed Geraint Edmonds to crash over. Dixon was again on target with the conversion and his break led to the bonus point try. His break in midfield set up a position that Robson Blake was able to exploit and score from short range. Dixon added the extras and the game looked done.
But Cardiff came storming back. Replacement fly half Diggy Bird’s well timed pass to Dolan allowed the big No8 to gallop downfield. His pace was good enough to carry him all the way to the line. And with four minutes left Dolan was at it again. This time a trade mark intercept set him free and again the defenders were not able to catch him.
That left the game evenly poised and with Cardiff in the ascendancy Bedwas were scrapping for the win. And it was the scrum that was to yield the final penalty to allow the visitors to close out a win. Dolan was named man of the match by the match sponsor – Cardiff Rugby Business Club. Now Cardiff wait to see who they will play next as the bottom eight is now confirmed as Bagoed, Neath, Swansea, Cross Keys, Llanelli, Neath, Bridgend and Cardiff. Fixtures should be available next weekend.