Ebbw Vale score five tries in gaining a bonus point victory at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
The one positive from the evening was the side being led out by Tom Slater who played his 100th game for the Blue & Blacks. Once the whistle had gone for the start of the game Cardiff really did not compete up front and it was no surprise that those five tries came through the forwards. The change to the scoring system this season on the Principality Premiership this season was intended to create a more open game by increasing the try value to 6. But by decreasing the value of the penalty to 2 it has created a catch and drive fest. The Steelmen scored three tries from this facet of the game and with the other two tries coming from scrum penalty tries there was not a lot of running rugby from the visitors.
Having said that when you have the advantage there is no need to change the way you play and Cardiff had no answer to the power that the Ebbw Vale pack had. The Blue & Blacks scored two tries when they did have the ball, but not having the ball was the main issue for the home side.
The first try came when pressure was put of the Ebbw Vale defence. The ball was moved from one side of the field to the other before Ben Thomas was put in space to plough over in the corner. The second try was from a set piece scrum. Quick ball was moved to the backs and when Ceri Young cut back on the angle he was able to pierce the defence to score under the sticks. James Thomas added the extras. But that was as good as it got for the home side and given there are three weeks until the next home game it is back t the training paddock to out those things right.