Cardiff has a second half to forget as they lost the first of the January friendlies against Bridgend Athletic.
It had all started so well. A try to the good inside two minutes. Set piece ball was worked along the line and when Will Thomas entered the line he was able to beat his man and provide a superb out-of-the-tackle pass to James Loxton who scored in the corner.
And that lead was extended three minutes later. Jack Maynard spotted space on the outside, and his perfectly placed cross kick landed in the arms of Loxton who crossed un-opposed. Loxton was to complete his hat-trick just before the break. The Athletic were trying to move the ball but when a pass went on the floor Loxton hacked it through, gathered the ball and managed to keep his feet inside the line to score a fantastic individual try.
The Blue & Blacks were enjoying the freedom of non-league rugby and the forwards, especially Dan Partridge, seemed to be everywhere on the pitch. The one surprise being that Cardiff did not extend the lead. In fact the Athletic got themselves on the scoreboard just before the break with a penalty.
The second half though was a catalogue of errors. The home side attempted to play Barbarian style rugby for the first ten minutes. Unfortunatly hands often that then down putting them under pressure in the wrong areas of the pitch. When Jack Maynard was yellow carded the whole pattern of play changed. Bridgend Athletic sensed something was on and in the ten minutes the Blue & Blacks were down to fourteen they scored twice to give them a slender one point lead. Cardiff though hit back and Partridge just his reward for his effort when he cross to regain the advantage for the home side.
That wasn’t to last very long as from the kick-off the ball ended up in a green shirt and a blindside thrust saw the visitors wing cross to regain the lead for the Athletic. That was increased when the outside half added a penalty and despite late pressure the Blue & Blacks weren’t able to wrestle the lead back and the Athletic were able to enjoy their victory.
Next up for the Blue & Blacks will be Cardiff Medicals on Saturday with a 2.30 kick-off at the Arms Park.