A turgid first half gave little indication of the comfortable victory that eventually transpired at the Arms Park.
Despite the benefit of a strong wind at their backs the only score manufactured by the Blue & Blacks was a 35th minute try by skipper Owen Ruttley after a James Malpas pick-up from a five-metre scrum.
When the Keys equalised with a try by Stuart Rees in the final move of the half, it looked as if Cardiff were about to suffer for their profligacy.
Thankfully the half-time interval provided a wake-up call. No sooner had Martyn Madden been introduced to the proceedings 10 minutes after the restart than he was carrying three defenders on his back before releasing the ball from the ruck for Nick Macleod to put Elgan Jones over in the corner. Macleod’s goal-kicking was struggling in the gusty conditions but he did slot a simple penalty goal after Cardiff’s next attack. #
Then came the best try of the afternoon as the ball was moved wide near the Blue & Blacks’ 22 for Leon Andrews to make a 40 metres’ break before sending Jones on his way to a second try and his seventh of the season.
Madden’s presence was evident again as an 8-man shove drove the Keys off their own scrum ball and McShane flopped onto the ball for the fourth try, converted by Macleod.