Cardiff held off a late fight back from Aberavon at windy and drizzly Arms Park
The home side struck first. An early attack was only halted under the posts by a high tackle that saw Ian Moore carded, Scott Sneddon slotted the resulting penalty. Playing with the wind in the first half the Blue & Blacks looked to play a territorial game with Sneddon pinning the Wizards back. But after fifteen minutes the scores were level when Jamie Davies judged the wind to perfection with a penalty from wide out.
Cardiff though were to score a try from the pressure that deep kicks were creating. Chris Bundy, who along with Rhys Shellard led the Cardiff forward effort, stole a five metre lineout, and when the drive was stopped Rory Watts-Jones was on hand to scoot round the side to score, Sneddon converted.
The rest of the half though belonged to the visiting referee as first he binned Ieuan Davies for what he saw as a tip tackle, then was forced to blow his whistle as both sides made mistakes. He was to blow the first half to and end early after an injury to Jonathan Phillips forced him to have treatment and eventually be carried from the field
The second half was a different story. The visitors had the wind and two Davies penalties brought them to within a point. But a Wizards mistake to sealed the game. A chip through was charged down and the ball popped into Shaun Powell’s hands on halfway. He raced under the posts and Rhys Patchell added the conversion.
Aberavon were not the side that had scored with ease in the game at the Talbot Athletic ground earlier in the season as they laboured behind. Patchell extended the advantage with a well judged penalty into the wind.
The Wizards did cause a bit of panic towards the end when Jamie Davies crossed and converted his own try, but it wasn’t enough as Cardiff held on.