Cardiff gained revenge over Bridgend for the defeat last month at a sun drenched Arms Park.
In perfect conditions though the Blue & Blacks didn’t turn up for the first twenty minutes and a repeat of the Brewery Field result looked a possibility. The home side fell off tackles and played in the wrong areas of the pitch. And the Ravens took full advantage, Ashleigh James going over from close range for the opening score and James Dixon adding a penalty for an eight nil lead.
And it didn’t look as Cardiff were going to score as first Luke Hamilton and then Miles Normandale dropped the ball with the line at their mercy. They both though made amends as they were at the centre of the first Cardiff try. First Normandale made a big tackle that dislodged the ball and Hamilton was able to gather and go on a powerful run downfield. When he was halted the rest of the pack took over but were stopped just short of the line. From the resulting scrum though Hamilton fed Tom Slater who scored un-opposed. Dean Gunter added the conversion and was involved in the move that set up the second try. From a lineout Cardiff ran the ball wide, Gunter twice involved in the looping move that allowed James Loxton to score. Gunter was again on target with the extras and then exchanged penalties with Dixon before half time to leave the score 17-11 in the Blue & Blacks favour.
The second half was littered with mistakes and whistles. Constant penalties from both sides and a lack of basic skills killed the game. The only bright spark being a wonderful line from Loxton to score his second. Gunter though had the control Cardiff required and he played the corners to keep the Ravens pinned in their own half. But when referee Brickell brandished his yellow card Cardiff had to defend. Ross Jones landed a penalty and when David Barry crashed over in the corner suddenly the visitors were right back in it. Gunter and his teammates kept a cool head and the territory advantage and when Bridgend were penalised he slotted the kick to put the Blue & Blacks at arms length again.
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