There was success for Cardiff RFC in front of the Scrum V cameras on Friday night as the Blue and Blacks overcame a resilient Bedwas, as well as Storm Callum, to make it three wins in a row.
Head Coach Steve Law made five changes to the side that had beaten Cross Keys in a 36-35 thriller at the Arms Park the previous week, with Miles Normandale replacing Sam Pailor at lock and Zach O’Driscoll and Rory Pitman joining Morgan Allen in the back row in place of Tom Daley and Luke Crocker.
In the backs Nicky Griffiths got the nod over Martin Roberts at scrum-half, while Aled Rees started on the wing after impressing on trial from Championship side Tata Steel in recent weeks.
It was clear from the first minute of the game that the weather was going to play a huge part in proceedings, with running rugby off the menu. Forward carries and half-back game management were the only order of the game.
Bedwas got to grips with that quicker than Cardiff, targeting the breakdown as the Blue and Blacks get the game tight. A penalty won on the ground was kicked by Joseph Scrivens after just three minutes, before the first try of the game quickly followed.
A Cardiff penalty conceded in defence this time was taken quickly by the hosts who took advantage of some lacklustre Blue and Blacks defence eventually an offload freed Adam Williams to drive his way over the line.
Scrivens converted for a 10-0 lead, but that was as good as it got for the home side who quickly found themselves unable to cope with the sheer power of the Cardiff pack, specifically at the scrum where we appeared invincible.
After 20 minutes the boot of Steffan Jones got us on the scoreboard after one of those scrums had destroyed the Bedwas pack, before a second penalty dissected the posts after the hosts were penalised for hands on floor just before half-time.
The hosts continued to battle away, but could not hold onto possession long enough to trouble a Blue and Blacks defence that was now enjoying much better organisation after a slow start.
They were a little lucky to avoid a yellow card in the first half, when Matthew Powell was taken out in the air, but couldn’t avoid a sin binning when the Cardiff pack flexed their scrum muscles again and the referee went under the posts to give the visitors a lead for the first time.
However, the Blue and Blacks could not benefit from the extra man, and as Bedwas returned to a full compliment it was the away side who went down to 14 as James Murphy was sent to the sin bin after a high clearout at the breakdown.
A big defensive effort saw that danger off for Cardiff though, and when the scrum once again paid dividends Steffan Jones was able to extend the lead out to 10-16.
Jones had another chance to make the game a bit safer heading into the last five minutes, but although he could not take advantage some strong Blue and Blacks defence kept Bedwas at bay and secured a third straight win for Steve Law’s men, the first away from the Arms Park this season.
Not a classic performance by any means, but it leaves Cardiff RFC in 8th place in the Principality Premiership and with a nine point cushion over that all-important fifth-from-bottom slot in the league.
Up next is Llanelli at the Arms Park next Saturday, with the Cardiff RFC Fun Day operating alongside the game. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting and a chance to meet Bruiser the Bear for the kids, while a Male Voice Choir will provide daytime entertainment alongside the rugby.
Then after the game the Player of the Year Awards will be followed by a player Q&A as well as curry and entertainment in the clubhouse, so get yourself down to CAP on Saturday.