Cardiff 76 London Welsh 7

Cardiff recorded their second highest score against London Welsh as they ran in 12 tries in the Arms Park sunshine.

The game kicked off in front of a healthy crowd who had remembered those who had been lost to both clubs since the last game played. And it didn’t take long for the Blue & Blacks to get back into rhythm as Sean Moore, making his debut, went over following a period of possession, Jack Maynard converted. The Exiles came back strongly and kept the ball for a lot of phases, the Blue & Black defence though was in no mood to be breached, and a turn over won them field position in the Welsh half.

From the several pairs of hands we used before Maynard and Jacob Beetham combined to send winger Ryan Edwards over under the posts. That converted try spurred opposite wing Jake Thomas into action. His first try would have been applauded all the way down to Ninian Park as he expertly dribbled the ball through, hack it forward before scooping it up to score wide out.

His second was just down to pace. Tom Hoppe made a break before feeding the winger who scorched in from 40 metres. Hoppe himself got on the score sheet before Thomas scored his third on the stroke of half time.

The second half went the same way. Thomas scored his fourth, again down the sheer pace the winger has. Rory Bartle, making a welcome return to playing was next on the score sheet, running straight and hard to score under the sticks.

The Exiles though stuck to their game and had a period of possession that saw them work their way into the Cardiff half. A couple of penalties that we sent the corner were stopped illegally and eventually referee Adam Jones had had enough and awarded a penalty try.

Back bounced the Blue & Blacks Gareth Allen went over from close range before Ethan Fackrell got a try his performance had deserved. Maynard converting all of them. And Cardiff finished the game in style when a sweeping move was finished off by James Beal.

The Blue & Blacks will move onto to their next assignment in two weeks time with a trip to Carmarthen when they will be hoping for more  of the same.


Post Match Interviews

Rory Bartle


Jake Thomas


Alex Everett


Ethan Fackrell

Cardiff 1 1 0 0 60 5 5
Ebbw Vale 1 1 0 0 26 24 4
Pontypridd 1 1 0 0 19 16 4
Merthyr 1 0 0 1 24 26 1
Newport 1 0 0 1 16 19 1
RGC 1404 1 0 0 1 5 60 0