Cardiff secured a hard fought win at the Arms Park against a very competitive Bargoed team.
With several key injuries and players with the Blues Cardiff put out a very changed side, but the intent to attack which had been evident in recent weeks was still to the fore. What was missing was the final touch as several attacks ended with the ball on the floor or in opposition hands. The first quarter was a very scrappy affair from both sides as neither could grab hold of the game. The first points came courtesy of a penalty from debutant Luke Fish, and things got better a few minutes later with a Will Rees-Hole try. Good work by the forwards had set up field position and when the centre was put through a gap he had a few defenders still to beat. They weren't able to pin him down and he wrestled his way over for the score.
The quality of the game though was still scrappy despite an 8 point lead Cardiff still could not get hold of the game. Bargoed came back into the game with a try of their own just before half time as Ieaun Jones crashed over. There were two defining moments in the game. The first came as the half drew to a close. With Cardiff looking to move the ball wide an inside pass, intended for Luke Crocker, landed in the hands of a Bargoed defender who burst through a gap in the Cardiff line. The ball was kicked downfield the chase saw them get to the ball first. With only two covering players against several Bargoed attackers Cardiff were able to defend their line, James Beal helping Pat Lewis, who made three tackles in as many seconds and repelled the initial threat. When Bargoed were awarded a penalty they looked to shunt Cardiff over in a scrum only to be penalised themselves and Cardiff went in 8-7 ahead.
The second half was a better affair even if that wasn't reflected on the scoreboard. Bargoed had a period of dominance that saw them take the lead. A penalty by Matthew Lewis edged them two points in front. Then the second moment that changed the game. Bargoed had several penalties that had given them a five metre lineout. Their maul had been a dominant weapon when they used it but Cardiff competed for the ball and Man of the match Miles Normandale stole the ball and Cardiff cleared. The Blue & Blacks then went on a run up the field of their own, and with new half backs in Geriant Watkins and player/coach James Dixon on the field Cardiff were more organised going forward. It was Watkins who scampered around the corner of a ruck that set up the next score. As he was being bundled into touch he slipped the ball behind him for Tom Daley to score his first Cardiff try. Dixon landed the wide conversion and when he calmly slotted a late penalty Cardiff had the game in the bag, even if it was an ugly win.