Cardiff lost out in the first Regional Derby of the season at the Wern as Merthyr secured a bonus point win.
The Blue & Blacks though took an early advantage in the first few minutes as the Ironmen stayed off side. Jarrod Evans landed the penalty. As Evans was on target two minutes later as Merthyr again transgressed. And as the penalty count increased Cardiff were able to gain a foothold in the home twenty-two. And from a line out the first try of the game was scored. Several pick and drives at the line were thwarted. But the defence had been dragged in. Evans spotted the space and a beautiful long pass sent Ceri Young over in the corner.
Newly promoted Merthyr though we're not going to allow the visitors to continue playing with that freedom any longer and for the next ten minutes they kept the game tight. That led to two tries for the home side. First James Howe crossed for a try converted by Matthew Jarvis, and Jarvis himself crossed for an unconverted try just before half time to give the home side a slender one point lead.
The second half had a scrappy start. Both sides tried to play but dropped passes and penalties stifled anything creativity. Merthyr extended their lead when Craig Locke went over from close range only for the Blue & Blacks to respond in kind. Harri Millard, who had been a handful all game, hacked through a loose ball and gathered. The centre then powered into the home twenty-two before on loading the ball to Lewis Jones who scored. Evans landed a tricky conversion and it was a one point game again.
Merthyr scored their bonus point try when Rhys Williams crossed, but there was still ten minutes left. That ten minutes was spent in the Merthyr half as Cardiff threw everything at the home side. But mistakes and the referee's whistle prevented any further scores and the Blue & Blacks left the Wern with just a losing bonus point.