Merthyr put Cardiff out of the National Cup as they produced a complete performance at the Arms Park.
Right form the kick off the Ironmen went on the attack. They controlled the ball for the first five minutes of the game and spurred two kickable penalty chances in favour of an attacking line out. Those were both challenged by the Blue & Blacks and the visitors failed to score on both occasions. It was the home side that got onto the scoreboard first. Another Merthyr attack was snuffed out and former Ironman Tom Daley pick up the ball near the Cardiff twenty-two and set off downfield. He carried three defenders with him but was still able to offload the ball to speedster James Beal who crossed the halfway line with no-one in front of him. His pace carried him to the corner to register the first try.
Merthyr soon hit back. Former Blue & Black Aaron Pinches finishing a move that went from side to side before the gap finally opened. Matthew Jarvis converted and landed a simple penalty a few minutes later to extend the visitor’s lead. It took another twenty minutes for the next score. Cardiff’s defence was resolute as Merthyr pilled on the pressure. Several attacks we rebuffed before wing Kyle Evans broke free to score, Jarvis again adding the extras to give Merthyr a 17-5 half time advantage.
Cardiff were forced into more defending at the beginning of the second half, now they had the wind and were trying to force Merthyr to come from deep, something that the Ironmen were happy to do. Jarvis added a penalty to their tally before the try of the game saw Justin James finish a move that had started with a deep clearance from the home side. Jarvis goaled the score and added another penalty before Cardiff got what was a consolation try, scrum half Nicky Griffiths marking his debut for the club by crossing the whitewash.
That wasn’t the final score though as another former Blue & Black, Nick White went over in the dying minutes of the game to send Merthyr into Round 3 with a 37-12 victory.