Two tries in the final five minutes broke the deadlock at the Arms Park as Cardiff made hard work of seeing off Division One visitors Bonymaen.It was the Blue & Blacks first game since Christmas and they still seemed overflowing with festive generosity as they gifted the visitors a seven-point start.
Two failures to kill a loose ball, the first in a deep attacking position, allowed Bonymaen a five-metre scrum at the other end. From there Darril Williams cut the midfield defence with alarming ease for a try under the posts. Anthony Evans converted and when he added a 30-metre penalty goal seven minutes later Cardiff were staring down the barrel of an embarrassing defeat.
By half-time they had at least pulled back to 8-10 after Matthew Nuthall squeezed over for an unconverted try in the corner and Chris Anderson kicked a penalty goal.Eleven minutes after the restart Dan McShane pounced on loose ball at the end of a lineout for an opportunist try only for Bonymaen to draw level with another penalty goal by Evans after Cardiff had foolishly tried a tap penalty in their own 22 and were stopped in their tracks.
The score stayed at 13-all for several minutes and there seemed every prospect of extra time before Liam Roberts provided a rare moment of inspiration. Taking the direct route to the line he spun out of three tackles for a fine opportunist try. Anderson, having a rare off day with his goalkicking, again failed to convert.
In the final move of the match James Goode stole an opposition lineout and from the maul that followed McShane peled off for his second try.