Cardiff came away from the Brewery Field with a rare win in the Principality Premiership.
A dominant scrum formed the platform in the first half and it was a result of two scrum penalties that led to the first score. The second was kicked into the corner but when the lineout drive was stopped the ball was moved wide with no reward. The Ravens though were off side in mid-field though and Gareth Thompson kicked the goal to give the Blue & Blacks the advantage. And the captain was on target again three minutes later to double the lead.
Defensively Cardiff were solid and the home side were having trouble finding a way through. Fullback Jonathan Phillips was the one causing Cardiff the most problems, but when he was bottled up the Ravens attack was blunted. Phillips did find a way through midway through the half but the cover defence quickly shut him down.
The first try of the game came towards the end of the first half. A great break by Tom Daley was supported by Nicky Griffiths. When he was stopped the ball was moved wide to Jack Phillips who rounded the last defender to score. Thompson added the extras. The home side hit back straight away as a mistake at the kick off allowed them possession. Scrum half Chris Williams shot through a gap around the ruck and Zach O’Driscoll was on hand to finish the move, The conversion though drifted wide after great pressure from the Blue & Black.
The second half saw more of the same. Cardiff’s scrum dominated and gave good field position. The lineout though wasn’t quite on song and the Ravens were able to clear any danger posed. Ryan Evans clawed Bridgend closer with a penalty but the Cardiff defence was able to repel most of what Bridgend had to offer. And the Blue & Blacks extended their advantage from a scrum. Not a typical pick up and drive over as this scrum was well inside the Cardiff half. That didn’t seem to bother Daley as he picked up and drove straight up the field. No one seemed to be able to stop the big No.8 as he swatted off several would-be tacklers and powered over the line for a great individual score – Thompson again added the extras.
But another mistake let the Ravens back in as Nathan Edwards scored what was to be a consolation score. That brought Bridgend within seven points with a simple conversion to come, but once again the Blue & Blacks charged the kick, putting enough pressure on the kicker to force it to be pulled wide. And when Cardiff were awarded a penalty with time up on the clock, Thompson drilled the kick over from 40 metres to deny the Ravens a loosing bonus point and send the Blue & Blacks home happy with a 23-13 win.