Cardiff went to the top of the league with a bonus point win in an entertaining game at the Arms Park.
The Bridgend Ravens were looking to ease their relegation worries with much needed points and were first on the scoreboard with a penalty from fullback Owen Howe. The visitors were playing at a high tempo and their attacks were having to be fended off keeping the home defence on its toes. Cardiff took the lead after a view from the video referee showed that Will Rees-Hole has managed to ground the ball just before the line. That had followed Joe Gatt pressuring the Ravens defence following a kick through by Dan Fish. The wing was unable to score himself but did enough to stop the Ravens clearing the danger. Edd Howley added the extras.
That spurred the Ravens into action. Aaron Grabham raced clear to score after a sweeping attack, and when Gareth Harvey crossed the Ravens were in control. Cardiff came straight back with an individual effort from Howley. The Ravens were attacking but the ball was spilled into the Cardiff twenty-two. Howley collected it and in a flash was through a hole and flying towards the line. No Bridgend player got near him as he scored a try he converted himself. Howe extended the Ravens advantage with a penalty before Cardiff got their third try. This time a series of attacks put them deep in the Ravens half and when the ball was swung blind Kirby Myhill was able to dash over in the corner to send the Blue & Blacks in just a point behind at half time.
The Blue and Blacks came out with purpose at the start of the second half and within a few minutes they had the lead and a bonus point. Matthew Powell finding his way to the line with the help of Fish and Rees-Hole. Howley was wide with the conversion but added a penalty shorty after, and when Joe Gatt was put clear to score by Ben Thomas it looked over.
But the Ravens had other ideas. A penalty by Howe and a second Grabham try brought them back to within four points and set up a grandstand finish. But it was a Cardiff line out move that was to seal the game. A penalty was kicked to the corner and the ball driven over the line. Ian Jenkins was at the bottom of the pile to score his third try in two games and send Cardiff to the top of the Premiership.
🏉Llandovery RFC V Cardiff RFC 🏉
📆 6th April 2019
📍 The Gnoll, Neath
Cardiff RFC - 39
Bridgend RFC - 30
Cardiff RFC - 43
Bedwas RFC - 12