Cross Keys made the better start to the game, nearly scoring I the first few minutes only for a penalty to come to Cardiff’s rescue. Keys though were soon back on the attack again with a lineout drive that yielded a penalty which was taken quickly by Danny Hodge who scooted over for the game’s first try, Dean Gunter converted. Keys were making all the running and only a great last ditch tackle stopped another score.
Cardiff did have their moments a fantastic break by Steve Cullen took Cardiff into Cross Keys 22 but the ball was lost near the line and the home side were able to clear. From there they worked their way down field and were eventually awarded a penalty that they again tried to take quickly. This time though the Blue & Blacks were alert to the danger and able to clear their lines
The lineout though was not functioning and Keys again stole Cardiff ball only to loose the ball in contact when in a threatening position. Again the defence had to be on their metal and repel the attack. The try was prevented but Keys were awarded a penalty that Gunter converted, he did miss another just before half time when Sion Hopkins was penalised and carded for not rolling away. Things went downhill for the visitors from there , two quick Keys tries meant they went into the dressing rooms 20-0 up at half time.
The second half saw several changes in the Blue & Black side and things got better. Steve Cullen got Cardiff on the board when he crossed. A second try a few minutes later ggave Cardiff hope. Lewis Smout smashed his way downfield to create the chance, Cory Allen was on the end of the move to score the try.
The Blue & Blacks got within touching distance with a Joe Griffin penalty but it wasn’t to be. Dean Gunter missed several chances to take away the bonus point, but failed to snatch away what the Blue & Blacks had fought so hard for. Five in a row wasn’t to be but next week the resumption of cross border ‘hostilities’ begin in the shape of the British & Irish cup and the visit of Bristol to the Arms Park.