Cardiff Rugby round-up: Wins for the RFC and Women, but A side struggle

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As the Cardiff Blues first team fell to their third defeat of the season, Cardiff RFC avoided a similar fate with a win over arch-rivals Newport RFC at the Arms Park.

Losses against Merthyr and Llandovery had got the campaign off to a less than ideal start for the Blue and Blacks, but they bounced back on the weekend to win an enthralling game befitting of the derby between to the sides of South East Wales.

An individual score from Cardiff fly-half Gareth Thompson was cancelled out by Harri Lang before tries from Tom Daly and Joe Gatt put the home side ahead. However it would be the Black and Ambers who went into the sheds in the lead thanks to a try from Johnny Morris and the boot of Matt O’Brien.

Chay Smith extended that lead at the start of the second half but Gareth Thompson’s goal kicking and a scintillating Blue and Blacks try was rounded off by Llywarch Ap Myrddin against his former club to put the hosts back in front, and it stayed that way thanks to some dogged defending late on.

The scoreboard showed 29-27 at the final whistle, a bonus point win for Cardiff RFC after a superb game, with Steve Law’s men now travelling West to face Carmarthen this weekend.

There wasn’t such good news for Cardiff Blues A though, who came up against the might of Leinster A at Donnybrook on Saturday afternoon and could not compete with the Irish powerhouses.

Lewis Jones Cardiff Blues A
Lewis Jones has started at scrum-half in both Cardiff Blues A games

Leinster A secured their try bonus point inside the first half, going in 31-0 up at the break, but the visitors were more competitive in the second half with tries from Sion Bennett, making his first appearance in more than eight months, scoring along with Tom Williams.

Some eventual help from the referee assisted in that respect as well, with Leinster A committing eight offences in their own half before being shown a yellow card.

Cardiff Blues A will hope to bounce back from that disappointment this Saturday as they welcome Ulster A to the Arms Park with a 14:30 kick-off. Entrance is free for season ticket holders, with a ticket on the gate costing £12.

Last weekend finished on a high though, as Cardiff Blues Women got their Women’s Regional Championship campaign off to a flyer with a win over Dragons Women at Sardis Road.

Tries from Danielle Dinapoli, Joanne Jones and Raf Taylor, as well as the boot from Robyn Wilkinson, secured a 24-5 victory for Cardiff Blues, who now go on to face Scarlets at Ystrad Mynach this Sunday with a 14:30 kick-off.

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