The penalty count and three yellow cards would have had the coaching staff seeing red as Cardiff held on to win at Pandy Park.
Both outside-halfs hit the upright with simple penalty chances within the first few minutes, but it was Keys Steffan Jones who opened the scoring in the seventeenth minute with a close range penalty.
Cardiff seemed set on self destruction in the first twenty minutes, running slow ball from their own half and eventually loosing position. The home side though weren’t able to capitalise, Jones missing a chance to extend the lead in the twenty-fifth minute.
The Blue & Blacks eventually got their act together and started to play more in the opposition half. One such attack resulting in a score for Matthew John. Gareth Davies making a break to feed the winger who out-stripped the defence to cross in the corner
The first sin-binning saw the home side take the lead. Craig Everett was sent to the bin and from the resulting penalty Jones added three more to Keys tally. Cardiff did score while down to fourteen though, Everett had returned to the field only to be replaced in the bin by Darren Ryan. During the period of enforced reduced numbers Jamie Ringer latched onto a loose ball, fed Steve Taylor who broke into the home twenty-two and found Rhys Shellard on his shoulder. Davies added the extras and a penalty to take the visitors in 18-6 up at half time.
The second half started pretty much as the first, Keys in control for most of the opening minutes. This time round though they made the advantage count. Three Mark Davies penalties cut the deficit to 3 points and panic seemed to be setting into the visitors play.
Cardiff were creating very little and the home side sensed a chance to pull off a victory in their first home league match. They grabbed the lead in the last quarter when Nathan Trowbridge scored in the corner after more sloppy play from Cardiff. Davies though crucially missed the conversion from wide out and two minutes later Gareth Davies regained the lead for the Blue & Blacks with a 40 metre penalty.
Ten minutes left and the visitors were hanging on, Shellard was in the bin and the Keys had all the possession but no points to show for it. Several forward drives were repelled by the defence and a series of scrums in the dying minutes resulted in no points. Cardiff held firm and gained a free kick which was happily thumped into row Z as the referee blew for no side.
A relieved Cardiff team had held on, but had left much to be worked on in training this week.