Cardiff kicked off their new league campaign with an eight try victory over the Bridgend Ravens in an entertaining game at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Following early territorial pressure the Blue and Blacks opened their account in the fourteenth minute with a try under the posts for scrum half Tom Slater after a Dean Gunter break and good support work from Shaun Powell. Dean Gunter kicked the first of his six conversions.
A second try followed nine minutes later when right wing George Watkins capitalised on good approach work from Rhys Williams. Watkins scored his second try a few minutes later, a try that was created by centre Will Rees Hole who after winning a penalty at the break-down took the penalty quickly, broke through the Bridgend defence before passing inside to the supporting Watkins who sprinted under the posts.
Bridgend opened their account in the twenty-ninth minute with a Luke Price penalty goal. Three minutes later Cardiff had their bonus point. Nick White scored the fourth try again following good work from industrious hooker Rhys Williams. The last act of the first half saw Bridgend score a well worked try from skipper Ashleigh James following a driving lineout, converted by Luke Price.
The second half saw the Blue & Blacks score a further four tries. George Watkins became the first Cardiff player to score a hat trick of tries in a league game since Dan Fish at the Talbot Athletic Ground last September. There were also tries for both centres and replacement flanker Matthew Marley. The game ended in bizarre fashion with an incident which wouldn’t look out of place in A Question of Sport’s “What happened next?”
Bridgend replacement scrum half Tito Tebaldi breaking down the blind side, crossed Cardiff’s try line. Instead of touching the ball down which would have given his team a fourth try bonus point, he ran towards the posts in the in goal area. In an attempt to evade a last defender weaved back onto the field of play where he was tackled much to the amusement of the home crowd.
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