Nottingham 19-10 Cardiff A

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Cardiff A finished their British and Irish Cup campaign on a sour note with a loss away to Nottingham on a cold Friday night in the East Midlands. It was a disappointing end to an otherwise encouraging campaign for Richard Hodges’ men, but the overall experience will be a positive one in the long term.

With no TV highlights and the European game in Cardiff at the same time this is basically just stolen off the official website, so apologies for that.

While the first team couldn’t stop scoring in Cardiff, the A side played out a tense opening 20 minutes with their English counterparts. It wasn’t until 23 minutes that the deadlock was broken by Nottingham who scored a second try before half-time as they went in at the break 12-0 up.

Richard Smith prepares to put a tackle in

There was some pressure exerted by us towards the end of that first period which continued into the second half, resulting in Elis Wyn Benham grabbing his third try in a week. Jarrod Evans couldn’t convert, and soon Nottingham had extended their lead again with their third try of the night.

At 19-5 up even a Nottingham yellow card couldn’t prevent them from winning, and only a Nick Griffths try could be mustered by Cardiff during their numeric advantage time. A fairly dreadful game by the sounds of it, played on a not brilliant pitch. A pretty dead rubber in all senses!

So Cardiff A finished on a downer and only finished above Nottingham by three points, well behind London Welsh and Cornish Pirates. An experimental first season for the A side has been very successful in my eyes, look out for a blog post of its own explaining why.

Elis Wyn Benham scored his third try in two games

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