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 23 18 0 5 651 393 91
Cardiff 23 18 1 4 696 469 89
Pontypridd 21 16 0 5 730 374 79
Llandovery 24 16 1 7 652 408 79
Newport 25 15 2 8 629 551 77
Ebbw Vale 24 16 1 7 541 423 76
Aberavon 22 14 2 6 485 415 69
Swansea 24 13 0 11 537 451 65
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 22 11 1 10 552 456 64
Carmarthen Quins 24 10 1 13 488 454 56
Bedwas 24 8 1 15 515 667 43
Bridgend Ravens 22 8 0 14 427 517 43
Llanelli 24 6 1 17 450 620 35
Cross Keys 22 5 1 16 452 681 34
Bargoed 23 4 0 19 400 756 22
Neath 23 1 0 22 335 905 3