Cardiff ground out a win at home on a wet and windy Sunday afternoon against a stubborn Aberavon side.
With the rain lashing across the Arms Park it was never going to be a pretty game. Aberavon, who hadn’t won a game so far this season, started the better of the two sides, but Cardiff’s defence stood up to everything that was thrown at them.
The home side grew more in confidence as the game went on and Gareth Davies put the first points on the board after the Wizards were guilty of being off side. Ten minutes later and he had doubled the advantage. But that was to be the only scores of what was a messy first half.
The second half saw more of the same mistakes as the conditions got worse. The home side though were having the better of the early exchanges and for one of those exchanges the Blue & Blacks extended the lead. From a short scrum several lunges at the line were held short before Thomas Davies scrambled over.
Jamie Davies got Aberavon on the board with a short range penalty, former Blue & Black Craig Evans brought the away side closer from the half way line. Aberavon now had their tails up and when a scrum was awarded on the five metre line they looked odds on to score. Cardiff’s defence which had been outstanding all game was at its best as after a couple of resets it held its own and when the Wizards No8 was forced to pick the ball up the back row were all over him like a rash forcing the turnover and clearing their lines.
Have survived that’s scare the defence was the result of the next score. A hack through by Cory Allen was chased down by Harry Robinson and Max Woodward putting pressure on the Wizards wing, and when the ball popped loose replacement Ben Roach picked up and slid over to seal the game.
Cardiff move on to a tough game next week against Swansea, a reminder that this game will be at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday 29th - kick off 2.30pm