A healthy crowd turned up at the Arms Park last night to see the first ever meeting between Cardiff and Heol-Y-Cyw and enjoyed a highly competitive game
The first half started brightly. Tom O’Flaherty, playing his first game for the Blue & Blacks looked a livewire at scrum half, darting and linking up well with his new team mates. A he was the opening scorer. Spotting a gap in the visitors defence he raced through a hole just short of half way. Once through he swerved around the cover defence and outpaced the fullback to score a great individual try.
Heol-Y-Cyw though showed why they are near the top of Division One East. Their defence was well organised and in attack they protect the ball well allowing them a platform to play. And play they did, levelling the scores when centre Gareth Howells went over to level the scores.
Cardiff were finding it hard to break down the lines of defenders Heol-Y-Cyw were putting up in front of them and several penalties against the home side gave away good field position when it look like a score would be inevitable. Some poor handling also let the Blue & Blacks down on several occasions. But when Cardiff did get it right they went straight for the jugular. A penalty was kicked into the corner and when several charges at the line by the forwards were repelled the ball was moved from side to side before a straight running Rhys James was able to crash over from a few metres out. Jack Maynard added the extras leaving the score at 12-5 at half time.
The second half saw the Blue & Blacks step up the pace. Several fluid attacked were just snuffed out by the Heol-Y-Cyw defence, Shaun Powell being at the heart of most of them. But when Cardiff did get some momentum there was nothing the visitors could do to stop them. Luke Ford ghosted through a gap before giving the ball to Mike Stephens, his pace was enough to go under the posts from 30 metres out. Maynard again added the extras.
The game then sank back into being littered with errors, most of them from Cardiff but one ugly incident saw referee Whitehead brandish a red card to the visitors scrum half for a nasty off the ball stamp. That spurred Cardiff but they still could not find the killer pass. That was until ten minutes before the end when another debutant got on the score sheet, this time with his first touch of the ball. Joe Kruger-Williams had been on the field for 30 seconds when he was given an overlap to use. The flyer took his opportunity and scorched in at the corner, Maynard was again on target with the conversion as he was when Cardiff scored their fourth try. It was proving to be a night for the new boys as from a driving maul from a lineout hooker Ben Egan was shunted over. Right at the death Jack Watters became another newbie scorer as he got Cardiff’s fifth try. Maynard converting both.
In all a good workout between games for the Blue & Blacks and a good chance for the members of the squad to show what they can do. Next up its back to league action and Aberavon at home on Saturday 23rd Nov – kick off 1.30pm