Cardiff’s hopes of progressing through Pool1 of the British & Irish cup took a major dent at Bridgend.
Having experienced traffic issues on the way to the ground the Blue & Blacks translated that delay into a first half that saw twelve penalties. Giving away that many penalties doesn’t always translate into points, unless the majority of the kicks are in your own twenty two and given to a kicker who didn’t know how to miss in the first half.
James Murphy was on target as early as the first minute when a an alleged crossing from the kick-off gave him his first of five first half penalties. Three minutes later and a scrum offence saw kick number two. At that point Cardiff woke up. Some adventure had seen the ball working into the Ravens twenty two where they earned a penalty Dan Fish was alive to the opportunity and took it quickly, linking up with Owen Williams who crossed in the corner. Joe Griffin added the extra to give the visitors the lead.
That was short lived though as three more Murphy penalties gave the home side a 15-7 half time advantage.
The second half saw the Bridgend pack take a stranglehold on the game. Cardiff simply couldn’t get any decent ball to set the backs going, and when they did it was forced an errors ensued. The home side however were still profiting from an ever increasing penalty count. Murphy landed another three points before their only try, scored after several pick and goes from the Ravens pack. When the ball was released Murphy popped a pass to Tom Grabham who scored under the posts. Murphy added the extras and another late penalty to complete Bridgend’s revenge for last month’s Premiership defeat.