Cardiff produced a strong second half comeback to beat a determined Ealing side at the Arms Park
The game didn’t start well for the Blue & Blacks, the visitors scrum dominant in the opening moments. Cardiff though did work the best chance of the opening minutes when Joe Griffin nearly put Dan Crimmins in.
But the visitors were first on the scoreboard. A lineout near the home twenty two was caught and driven over from short range, Matt Evans at the bottom of the pile. Cardiff though struck straight back. Following a series of pick and drives by the forwards the ball was moved wide. When Richard Smith was stopped short the forwards were on hand to shunt Reuben Tucker over the line, Griffin converted to give the Blue & Blacks the lead for the first time.
Just before half time though Ben Ward landed a simple penalty to send the visitor into the changing rooms just in front.
Cardiff had the upper hand at the beginning of the second half, but the final pass would not stick, and it was Ealing that scored next. From another breakdown in the Cardiff ranks the ball popped up for Sam Shires to gallop in from 30 metres. Ward added the extras for a two score advantage.
That stung the Blue & Blacks into action. Great hands nearly put Sion Hopkins clear only for him to be tackled short of the line. The next attack though did bear fruit, Griffin put Richard Smith in a hole that he shot trough to score, Griffin converted and two minutes later gave the Blue & Blacks the lead with a forty metre penalty.
Ealing had a chance to steal it right at the end but instead of taking the simple three points to win the game they went for the five metre line out. Several short drives were repelled, and when a scrum was wheeled round the defensive structure worked for a second time. At the third attempt Ealing were penalised for going over the top, the Blue & Blacks had held on to give them winning momentum going into the league season next week.