Another trip away on the road for the young Cardiff side, this time to the newly renamed Riverside Hardware Brewery Field, to face the newly promoted Bridgend team, who at the start of the afternoon were one place above us in the table courtesy of one extra bonus point.
Within 5 minutes of kick-off Bridgend were piling on the pressure, with the wind behind them and were awarded a penalty which came off the posts, and when a kick pass went into touch, Cardiff won the lineout and cleared to the half way line, in a high paced game for the two young sides.
Following a Bridgend lineout on the Cardiff 5m line, which overshot and was won by Cardiff Captain for the day, Rhys Shellard, Ellis Jenkins made a good break, passing to Shellard, who passed to Matthew John who made it into the Bridgend 22 before Bridgend conceded a penalty, which was kicked by Rhys Patchell on 17 minutes 0-3.
Bridgend regained the ball from the kick-off and quickly progressed to the Cardiff 22, where they knocked-on. Cardiff cleared their lines. Bridgend won the resulting lineout and with some missed tackles in the midfield let to a try under the posts for Bridgend No 11, Steve Cullen, which was converted by No 10 Dai Flanagan, 7-3 after 20 minutes.
Unfortunately Cardiff knocked-on from the restart and Bridgend were awarded a scrum, where following a re-set Cardiff were awarded a penalty as Bridgend were not binding. Unfortunately, Patchell missed the penalty attempt.
Following a dummy throw from hooker Ben Phillips, Bridgend opted for the scrum where they won a penalty as the scrum was wheeled.
Patchell intercepted a Bridgend pass, but got isolated and lost the ball. Flanagan attempted a drop goal, which hit the post, but the referee called play back for a penalty to Bridgend, which Dai Flanagan converted, 10-3 after 31 minutes.
Cardiff dropped out, which was taken by Bridgend, but Bridgend knocked-on. Scrum to Cardiff. Patchell dropped a goal after 35 minutes for a 10-6 score line.
There was a good passage of play by Cardiff with the ball going through the hands and the line straightened by Ben Phillips and Chris Bundy made a good break. Cardiff were awarded a penalty for hands on the floor, which unfortunately was missed by Patchell. Just before ½ time Ben Phillips made a good break and passed to Dan Preece who went through the centre like a rampaging rhino, nothing came of this as half time was called.
Half Time – 10-6
Ben Phillips was replaced by Ieaun Davies at half time, having sustained an injury at the end of the first half. The second half kicked-off this time with the wind behind us. Owen Williams scored a try with only 55 seconds on the clock following a chip and chase. Patchell missed the conversion, 10-11.
There was some good tackling and the linesman entered the fray. The Bridgend prop, Owen Williams was spoken to and Cardiff were awarded a penalty. Patchell kicked down field where Bridgend cleared their line, which was charged down by Ieaun Davies. Matthew John picked up the ball and Bridgend made a try saving tackle and Cardiff knocked on. Bridgend were awarded a penalty on the 10m line from the scrum and the ball was spread wide and Steve Cullen scored his second try in the corner for Bridgend, 15-11 after 47 minutes.
Chris Bundy was replaced by Kris Barry in the engine house of the scrum. Patchell kicked another penalty, 15-14. Shaun Powell replaced Matthew John and Alex Walker replaced Sion Hopkins. There was some good play in the backs with Shaun Powell and Richard Mustoe making good runs which resulted in Richard Smith scoring, which Patchell converted, 15-21 after 58 minutes.
Cardiff continued pressuring the Bridgend line and Josh Navidi scored Cardiff’s third try in the corner, which was not converted, 15-26, after 61 minutes.
Bridgend restarted and Patchell made a superb kick to put them back in their 22. Rory Watts-Jones replaced Navidi in the back row. Tom Williams did well to keep a Bridgend penalty to touch in field and to return play to the Bridgend half of the field. Will Griff John replaced Lewis Monck in the front row. Bridgend scored in the corner by No 14 Luke Morgan, 20-26 after 72 minutes.
The Cardiff backs were re-organised when Owen Williams was replaced by Scott Sneddon, who went to full back with Tom Williams moving to the wing and Shaun Powell moving to centre. Cardiff made a good break in the centre of the park only for Will Griff John to lose the ball over the line.
Bridgend then make their way down the field towards the Cardiff line, where Scott Sneddon made a tackle on a man who had just chipped the ball, which resulted in a yellow card for Sneddon.
Dan Preece, who had made several good runs during the game, then won the ball at a scrum on a Bridgend put in, but Bridgend were able to win the ball back. With time into stoppage time Bridgend opted for a scrum from a penalty, but were unable to do anything with it.
The final score was 20-26 and this was another good away win, the fourth in a row and it was a good team performance from everyone involved, from Head Coach Hodges, through to club captain Macaulay Cook who took on the duty of water carrier, through to DJ who ran on with the kicking tee. Well done all.