Cardiff kept hope alive of progression in the Foster’s Challenge Cup after a hard fought encounter with Bridgend at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
The game started with the Blue & Blacks conceding an interception try, the fifth one in four games. Looking to attack in the opening minutes the ball ended up in the arms of Ravens fly half Joe Scrivens who went three-quarters of the field to score. James Thomas got things going for the home side with a penalty ten minutes later and doubled their score with a second shortly after.
The home pack was beginning to dominate and the first try came through the forwards. A catch and drive was rumbled towards the line and when that was stopped several pick and goes resulted in Joe Tomlinson, playing out of position on the flank, was able to reach out to score. Tomlinson was to go on to be awarded man of the match for his performance as his work around the field was outstanding. Thomas hit the post with the conversion. James Murphy was also disrupting the Ravens lineout leaving the visitors only scrappy ball to work with.
Cardiff’s second try came after good work by the pack had forced the Ravens onto the back foot. Backs and forwards combined to put Luke Ford over, Thomas adding the extras. Back came the Ravens, again forcing a turnover, Paul Edwards scoring. Scrivens converted and the game was back in the melting pot.
Cardiff got a third try when sustained pressure turned the ball over. Having worked for side to side to stretch the defence a gap opened up for Aled Ward to score. Hall was again on target and Cardiff were looking to secure a bonus point to help with qualification. The Ravens had other ideas, a couple of penalties gave them field position and from the resulting lineout Tiefion Jones went over. That left a nervy last five minutes for the Blue & Blacks but they were able to hold out for the win.