Cardiff made a return to Premiership action with a bonus point victory over Glamorgan Wanderers at the Memorial ground.
Having been inactive in the league due to cup fixtures the Blue and Blacks outscored their hosts by four tries to one in an error-strewn game on a wet muddy pitch.
It was the Wanderers though who made the better start, going ahead as early as the second minute with a short-range penalty from Tomas Marks. It took Cardiff a while to get going, but when they did the scored four tries that all could be candidate for try of the season.
The first came mid-way through the fist half. The Wanderers were dominating possession but the defence was holding strong. Eventually the home team were forced to put boot to the ball only for it to ricochet into Will Jones’ hands near his own twenty-two. The young winger took his chance to stretch his legs and before he was tackled in the Wanderers half he had off-loaded to the supporting Richard Smith, he in turn handed on to Steve Taylor who raced under the posts, Scott Sneddon converted.
Marks kept the home team with his second penalty before Cardiff took total control of the game. The defence had been strong all game and as the pressure came on again Wanderers dropped the ball. Jones again pounced and linked up with Smith. He was caught five metres out but the ball was recycled and moved wide to find Darren Ryan who scored un-opposed near the posts, Sneddon again adding the extras.
Straight form the kick-off came try number three, and probably the best of the four tries. Shaun Powell, who had an outstanding all-round game, took the restart and smashed his way back up to the halfway line. The forwards got involved and rumble the ball forward before it was moved wide. Several charges down the right hand side of the pitch made a few yards before the ball was released out to the right, Wanderers defence had all been sucked in and a few simple passes saw hooker Ben Phillips score an outstanding team try.
The second half effort was more defensive as Wanderers tried to get back into the game. The early exchanges again saw them dominate possession but the Blue & Blacks held firm and increase their lead through a Sneddon penalty. The bonus point try came mid-way through the second half. This time it was an individual effort. The centre partnership of Darren Ryan and Richard Smith had been causing all sorts of problems for the home defence and when Ryan made a half break his partner was on hand to take a simple pop pass. Still with a lot to do he scooted through a gap and outpaced the cover defence to score in the corner.
Wanderers were still trying to get something out of the game, but the Blue & Blacks weren’t going to let them in that easily. It wasn’t until late in the game that they score what was to be a consolation try through Ceri Llewellyn who also added the conversion.
It had been a good day at the office for the Blue & Blacks who jumped to sixth in the table ahead of the SWALEC cup clash with Bridgend.