Cardiff never recovered from giving Ebbw Vale a 12-point start in the first six minutes and although they dominated the middle period of the game they had nothing to show for their efforts.Chris Anderson kicked a straightforward penalty goal in the 22nd minute but missed three others, two of them from in front of the posts at 30-metre range, in one of the most disappointing team displays of the season.
Star of the show was Vale left wing Andrew Bevan who scored two tries and made a third. In the second minute of the match he burst through the middle and linked with Kristian Owen on the inside for the centre to finish the move. Jason Williams converted from a narrow angle.Then Cardiff spilled the ball on half-way and the ball was worked out to Bevan who kicked ahead and won the race for the touchdown. Williams missed the touchline conversion but ten minutes later slotted a goal after Cardiff were penalised for pulling doen a driving maul.
No sooner had Anderson reduced the arrears with his penalty goal than promising number 8 Adam Powell was sin-binned after a professional foul. Cardiff's scrum was already under pressure but Vale failed to take advantage of their one-man advantage. Nathan Trevett almost scored in the left corner after Cardiff's best attack of the game but the prop put a foot in touch.In the second half Anderson fluffed his two penalty opportunities and even after home flanker Mike Scudamore was sin-binned Cardiff could not convert their territorial advantage into points.
Turnovers continued to bedevil them and when Vale made a rare visit to their half they suffered again as Williams kicked two more penalties.Eight minutes from full time Bevan contributed the best movement of the match as he again chipped ahead and this time caught the ball on the full to race over the line for Williams to convert yet again.
The game ended on a sour note when replacement flankers Rob Appleyard (who had already been warned for careless use of the boot) and Monu Tuipulotu traded punches and were rightly shown yellow cards