Bedwas 31 Cardiff 27

By Ian Tabor | 07/04/2018

Cardiff lost for the second game in a row and for a third time this season to the hosts as Bedwas secured a bonus point win at Bridge Field.

Despite overnight rain having fallen the pitch was in relatively good condition. Bedwas made the better start and Cardiff were soon being pinned in their own half. But it took nearly a quarter of the game before the first score. Former Cardiff wing Matthew John the beneficiary when a Cardiff mistake left room wide out, the wing dotting the ball down in the corner for a try which Steffan Jones converted. Cardiff’s first points of the game came when Gareth Thompson landed a penalty after a Will Rees-Hole break was halted by a high tackle. But the home side took advantage of another error by the visitor’s defence. This time back row Andrew Waite being the one to romp over. Jones though could not add the conversion.

Cardiff started to get more of a foothold in the game as it drew towards half time and when Dan Fish saw space the fullback expertly glided his way through traffic and made it through to the twenty-two. With defenders gathering he spotted Llywarch Ap Myrddin in space wide out and floated a lovely pass to the wing who finished the move. Thompson added the extras and Cardiff went into the half-time break just two points behind.

The second half was a see-saw affair in terms of scoring. Bedwas extended their lead with a second Matthew John try, but within two minutes Cardiff had replied in kind. A series of penalties had given them field position and when the ball was worked under the posts several pick and drives created space around the fringes. Geraint Watkin exploited it as the scrum half score beside the posts. Thompson was again on target with the extras.

Cardiff then took control off the game. Thompson added another penalty before Cardiff’s third try was registered. A lineout on half way was moved up the field by the pack before releasing it to the backs. Thompson had spotted that the defence had come up in a dog-leg and that the second rows were defending close to the ruck. Using his pace he sailed through the gap and out-paced the defence to score a try that he also converted. That put Cardiff 27-26 ahead with a few minutes left.

Control of the ball though was something of a lottery for both sides on the day and when the Blue & Blacks lost control of it Bedwas pounced to score what was to be the winning try, Centre Matthew Callow going over for an unconverted try. Cardiff did have a chance in the final minutes to steal the game. A series of scrums meant they had the ball and when it was taken down the blind side to the five metre line a try looked on, but the ball went forward and the referee’s whistle blew for no side.

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