Cardiff Met claim bragging rights and top spot with derby win

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The BUCS Super Rugby Cardiff derby took place at the Arms Park on Wednesday night with Met running out comfortable winners to stay in the hunt for the league’s top spot.

Cardiff Uni, on the other hand, find themselves at the foot of the table and right in a relegation scrap as the season creeps into it’s second half.

It was Met who started the stronger, with former captain and former Cardiff Blues academy player Aled Ward crashing over at the back of their dominant scrum, and Harry Johnston adding the extras from the tee.

However, Uni hit back as the first half approached the halfway point as Cam Lewis, who appeared for Cardiff Blues A in this season’s Celtic Cup, produced a superb offload on the left wing for Cardiff Blues Academy’s Ben Thomas to score under the posts with James Davies converting.

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Ben Thomas grabbed Uni’s first try of the evening

Johnston nudged Met back ahead before they extended their lead on the half hour mark in very controversial circumstances.

A brilliant run by Archers outside centre Luke Northmore saw him beat three Uni defenders and power towards the corner despite attention from scrum-half Owen Davies. The referee and touch judge consulted before awarding the try, but replays showed the ball had clearly been knocked on before being touched down.

Johnston added the conversion to give Met a 17-7 half-time lead, and within three minutes of the second half getting underway Eduardo Balocco had driven over to give the Archers a comfortable lead.

The game threatened to become more of a contest when Balocco himself was yellow carded, somewhat softly, for an off-the-ball tackle on 55 minutes, and Uni set about taking advantage of their extra man to send Cardiff Blues academy full-back Ioan Davies over in the corner.

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Ioan Davies came off the bench to score for Uni

James Davies missed that conversion but was on target a few minutes later after former Cardiff RFC flanker, and Uni captain, Tom Wilson barrelled over from close range, as the scoreboard howed Met leading 24-19 into the last ten minutes.

The Archers responded well though, with Harry Johnston nailing a penalty, before Luke Northmore sliced through the opposition defence once again and this time there was no arguments about the grounding.

A successful conversion saw the score finish 34-19 in favour of the Met, who snuck out with a bonus point win despite being second best for large swathes of the second half.

They now travel to second place Exeter next week, with the winner earning top spot for the Christmas break, while Uni face a tough trip to third place Hartpury as they look to keep pace with Nottingham Trent and Leeds Beckett above them.


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