Bargoed 26 Cardiff 35

By Ian Tabor | 07/05/2017

Cardiff won their final fixture in the Principality Premiership with a bonus point win at Bargoed Park on Saturday.

The Blue & Blacks were looking to build on the win the previous week at Cross Keys and made the perfect start. Following a series of drives by the forwards that gave them field position in the hosts twenty-two they unleashed the backs.  A flowing move opened a gap for wing James Beal to fly through for a try that Gareth Thompson converted. And more Cardiff attacking was to lead to the next try, but at the other end of the ground as Bargoed fly half Matthew Lewis intercepted a pass in his own half and ran the length to score.

The home side then went ahead against the run of play. A series of scrum penalties saw then set up camp in the Cardiff twenty two and when another rumble was stopped short, Leigh Meads was on hand to plunge over. Cardiff though had a forward drive of their own just before half time that restored the lead. A lineout on the five metre line was driven over with Luke Crocker at the bottom of the pile, Thompson converted.

The opening minutes of the second half belonged to the Blue & Blacks. In the sunshine both sides wanted to play an adventurous game, but with the ball sticking in Cardiff’s hands they were able to make headway down the right hand side of the pitch and Will Rees Hole was the extra man as the centre was worked over. Thompson was on target with the conversion and slotted the extras for the bonus point try. Rees Hole was again involved and his pass to fellow centre Lloyd Chalke left him with a lot to do, but he was up to the task touching down neat the posts.

The fifth try was a real team effort with the ball passing through backs and forwards hands before Ben Thomas went over. Thompson converted but the home side still had something left. With the game over as a contest they score two quick fire tries to land them a losing bonus point.

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