2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 19 v 16 Bridgend
30 November 2012 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Bridgend Ravens

Match Report

Cardiff 19 Bridgend 16

Darren Ryan led Cardiff out on his 100th appearance for Cardiff but it was a moment of individual brilliance from his centre partner that sealed the points for Cardiff.

Cardiff controlled the opening quarter, James Murphy, returning from injury, who had a settling effect on the home pack. From that the Blue & Blacks went in front. A penalty in the visitors twenty-two was converted by Joe Griffin.  He was on target two minutes later the lead was doubled when Griffin again was on target, this time from further out.  Griffin landed his hat-trick in the twenty-sixth minute before the Ravens got on the scoreboard. Jamie Murphy landing two penalties of his own before the break

The second half was punctuated by mistakes and the whistle. Ellis Jenkins, captaining Cardiff for the first time, tackled anything in Blue that came his way. His work at the breakdown was to give Cardiff a further penalty that Griffin slotted, and it was Jenkins who started the moment that won the game. Stealing the ball on the floor it was recycled on half way. From the ruck the ball ended up in Richard Smith’s hand. The sevens specialist shot through a hole rounded the covering flanker and outpaced the defence to score under the posts, Griffin added the extras. That looked to have sealed the game, but  Ravens mounted a comeback. Murphy landed a penalty before a rolling maul shunted Adam Waite over the line. Murphy added the extras to bring the Ravens within a score, but the defence held firm to move Cardiff up the table.

Official : Chris Williams (Wales)

Cardiff Bridgend