Ebbw Vale secured a home draw in the play-offs with a 16-0 victory at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Then Steelmen started well and were only held out by some strong home defence. The first points went on the board after 12 minutes as Carl Meyer landed a monster penalty from inside his own half to give the visitors the lead. From there the Blue & Blacks applied their own pressure. Several pick and drives near the try line though resulted in frustration as the ball was either dropped or the final pass was forward.
Ian Smerdon kicked Ebbw further ahead with a penalty before Jordan Howells finished off a move that had started in the visitors 22. From a ruck scrum half Chris Thomas went straight up the middle before finding former Cardiff second row Ashely Sweet. His galloping run was finished by Howells to send the visitors in 11-0 up at the break.
The second half was littered with mistakes. A lot of effort was expended by both sides with little to shop for it. Cardiff worked hard in defence but a series of injuries in the back line disrupted Cardiff’s play. The only score in the second half came late in the game as Howells grabbed his second to secure the game and the points for the Steelemen.
In the end Cardiff finished fourth in the league, a vast improvement on last season and a stage to build on for next.