Cardiff 35 – Bedwas 17

Cardiff went to the top of the table after a bonus point win over a Bedwas side that never gave up.

Led out by Joey Tomlinson, who became Cardiff’s most capped hooker in the Premiership, the Blue & Blacks flew out of the blocks and were three tries up in twenty minutes. The first was a result of a break by Ben Thomas. He got through a hole in the defence and sent Joe Gatt on his way. The winger rounded his man and drew the fullback putting Tom Williams over for the try.

The second try belonged to the forwards and the training field. A shot at goal was spurned in favour of a five metre lineout. A fake maul was set up as the ball was transferred to Morgan Allen, the big No8 needed no invitation to charge over with Bedwas defenders hanging on to him. The third try was an individual effort. Another penalty went to the line rather than the posts and when off the top ball was spun into midfield Gareth Thompson’s beautiful short pass found Ben Thomas. The centre jinked past the defence and in a flash was under the sticks. Thompson converted all three.

Bedwas though were not about to lie down. Two quick tries from Connor Edwards and James Richards sending the teams into the changing rooms with Cardiff 21-12 ahead.

Cardiff came out looking for the bonus point try, but it took ten minutes before they crossed again. A great deep kick put Bedwas under pressure and from  the clearance lineout a series of rucks saw Cardiff go close. But when those were repelled the ball went to the backs and Will Rees-Hole went over from five metres out.  The fifth try came shortly after, Tom Williams spotting space behind, his stab through dotted down by Thomas for his second, There was still time left but Cardiff weren’t to score again. Bedwas threw everything at the home side to try to get something from the game. They did score one try by Rory Harries but it wasn’t enough as the Blue & Blacks went to the top of the tree – at least until Saturday afternoon.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 30 23 0 7 885 593 117
Cardiff 30 22 1 7 991 660 111
Pontypridd 30 22 0 8 1015 580 110
Llandovery 30 21 1 8 856 551 104
Ebbw Vale 30 20 1 9 762 594 95
Aberavon 30 18 2 10 698 603 90
Newport 30 17 2 11 759 700 88
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 30 14 1 15 852 650 85
Swansea 30 16 0 14 674 594 81
Carmarthen Quins 30 13 1 16 637 584 71
Bridgend Ravens 30 12 0 18 689 714 66
Llanelli 30 12 1 17 679 723 63
Bedwas 30 12 1 17 681 830 62
Cross Keys 30 5 1 24 586 1093 36
Bargoed 30 6 0 24 576 1003 35
Neath 30 1 0 29 406 1274 3