A Will Rees Hole hat-trick wasn't enough to save Cardiff from a second home defeat in a row. The Blue & Blacks were looking to bounce back after defeat to Llandovery but came across an Aberavon pack that dominated the first half.
Cameron Clement opened the scoring for the Wizards with a penalty before a series of scrims on the home line saw the first try. Referee Gwyn Morris awarded two penalties against the home side before running under the posts to award a penalty try that Clement converted. Cardiff got on the scoreboard with the first of Rees Hole's three. A simple line out in the Wizards twenty two was won and a short pass from Tavis Knoyle put Rees Hole through a gap to touchdown under the posts, Llewellyn added the extras.
Clement increased the visitors lead with a penalty and it got better for the visitors as two more tries. First former Cardiff hooker Ieaun Davies finished off a series of pick and drives to score. Then Gwyn Morris was again in the action as he awarded the second penalty try of the half to the Wizards eight, Cameron again added the extras. Llewellyn was able to land his first penalty for the home side to send them in 10-25 down at half time.
The second half saw Cardiff come out a different side after the break. But it was Aberavon who scored first, Clement landing a simple penalty after yet another scrum penalty. But Cardiff were to mount a fightback following a change of personel in the Wizards front row. Nicky Thomas, who had been the main reason for the visitors dominate went off and the game swung Cardiff's way. Knoyle was now starting to run the show and his break up the middle set up a position from which the second try came. Another great line by Rees Hole was spotted by James Whittinghamand the centre went through to score near the corner.
The Blue & Blacks then threw everything at the visitors defence but it held firm until five minutes before the end. An untidy passage of play meant no side had control of the ball and as it bounced loose Rees Hole picked it up and danced through some shoddy tackling before being pulled down inches from the line, but he was not held and was able to reach out to score, Whittingham added the extras to set up a frantic last three minutes.
Cardiff threw everything at the Wizards and several penalties saw them make their way to just short of the line. But despite seeing to be over the line with the last play they could not get the try and left the Arms Park with just a point.