Cardiff lost their first game of the season against a committed Ebbw Vale side at the Arms Park.
On a day when the other two unbeaten sides in the Principality Premiership also lost their 100% records Cardiff were first on the scoreboard. Ben Thomas’ penalty in the 3rd minute from a scrum showed some good signs for the Cardiff pack. But the Steelmen, who have not lost to the Blue & Blacks for five seasons, were soon into their stride and No.8 Cameron Regan going over after Cardiff had lost control of the ball on half way,
But the home side were back in front a few minutes later when a sweeping move was finished off by Llywarch Ap Myrddin, Owen Lane and Ceri Young creating the space for the fullback to score in the corner. Back came the visitors – with Cardiff reduced to fourteen scrum half Carl Lewis took a tap penalty to score under the posts. Lewis Dennet converted and added a penalty shortly after but Cardiff should have gone in at half time ahead, only the bounce of the ball eluding Lane as he chased through a fly hack. But as the ball went over the dead-ball line the referee blew for half time.
Cardiff came out with more purpose in the second half and got a score back when Ben White crashed over from short range after a series of penalties from mauls being collapsed, strangely though no cards were brandished. Dennet pushed the Steelmen further head with two more penalties and when Srdan Majkic scored wide out after the visitors had been held at bay from a lineout the game looked over.
But Cardiff came back hard and Will Rees-Hole brought the home side within two scores when he was slipped through a gap five metres out, Gareth Thompson adding the conversion. And when he added a penalty with three minutes left the stage was set for a grandstand finish. But it wasn’t to be and in fact the visitors were the ones who finished those minutes the stronger.
Cardiff will have a week to regroup before the trip to Bedwas next weekend.