Cardiff kept their unbeaten start to the season going at Bargoed Park but it took a last minute try to keep it intact.
The game started with a bang for the Blue & Blacks. Almost straight from the kick-off the visitors were in front. Having regathered the kick, the Blue & Black forwards went through one or two phases before releasing the backs. Gareth Thompson got the backline going and Will Rees-Hole sent Dan Fish over in the corner. Thompson added the conversion from wide out, but he wasn’t needed for the second try as it was all down to the pack. A penalty was kicked to the corner and from the rolling maul the ball seemed to be heading over the line, but an illegal entry sent the referee under the posts for a penalty try.
The next sixty-five minutes were forgettable for the Blue & Blacks. Mistake after mistake meant no momentum or field position. This allowed Bargoed to get not so much a foothold but more of a stranglehold. Their pack got into the game and dominated the scrum, shunting Cardiff about on most occasions. They also disrupted the lineout, competing at every opportunity.
Their first score came after some aimless kicking by both sides. Bargoed hit holes up the middle of the park until Cardiff ran out of defenders. No8 Ieuan Jones the scorer, Matthew Jenkins adding the extras. He added a penalty shortly after, but pushed a second attempt wide a few minutes later.
But the home side eventually got their noses in front just before the break. Centre Darren Humphries, who was a thorn in the Blue & Blacks side set it up, but it was his partner Jordan Howells that scored. Jenkins converted to send the home side in 17-14 up at half time.
If the first half was error strewn the second was worse. In fact, the busiest man on the field was the referee as he had to blow for scrum after scrum. Neither side got anything going. Cardiff defended well and kept Bargoed at bay, but going forward nothing was going quite right. With a few minutes left it looked as if Bargoed would hold on for their first ever victory over Cardiff. But a penalty awarded near the half way line allowed Lewis Jones to take a quick tap. He was supported by Llywarch Ap Myrddin who came close to the line, but he was stopped short only for debutant Jack Roberts to burst through and score. Ben Thomas added the conversion, but the home side had one last roll of the dice. When a penalty was nudged into the corner the line out needed to be caught and rolled over. But the second part of the equation didn’t work and Cardiff were able to clear the danger and hold on for the win.