Cardiff RFC put six tries on Bedwas at the Arms Park on Saturday afternoon to progress into the WRU National Cup semi-finals and keep up their remarkable winning record this calendar year.
The Blue and Blacks are now 13 games unbeaten, stretching back to early December, and have won every game played in 2019, scoring an average of 36 points along the way. Quite the record!
Steve Law has benefited from picking his matchday 23 from a relatively settled squad in that time, and Saturday was no different with just one change from the XV that beat Aberavon as Llywarch ap Myrddin started at full-back instead of Ed Howley.
That consistency allows the Blue and Blacks to hit the ground running in games, even with a week off, as Gareth Thompson opened the scoring off the tee before finding himself lining up a conversion a few minutes later.
Jim Botham carried into contact but was able to produce a superb offload out the back door for fellow Cardiff Blues academy member Ben Thomas to break down the right wing and eventually put Morgan Allen over in the corner.
Quick striking was the order of the day from the Blue and Blacks as a second try inside the first 15 minutes came after Martin Roberts put Joe Gatt free down the right on first phase ball, and although he was stopped short of the try line the ball was switched back to the left where Will Rees-Hole went over.
Bedwas tried to get into the game with a spell inside our 22, but Botham made a superb tackle to stop one try scoring opportunity, before Gatt was involved again to take a cross kick and be tackled in the air.
From the resulting lineout a solid maul allowed another first phase strike with the ball worked to the edge for the winger to step past the last defender for his sixth try of the season.
Three conversions from Thompson saw the half-time scoreboard at 24-0, and the Blue and Blacks in a commanding position at the break.
Credit to Bedwas they hit back early in the second half, converting similar pressure they had put on the Cardiff defence in the first half into points with two close range scores, however the home side weren’t about to let the lead slip as muscles were flexed.
Three huge driving mauls resulted in three tries, a second for Morgan Allen and two for replacement hooker Ian Jenkins, as Steve Law’s men marched towards this week’s semi-final draw thanks to a 43-12 victory.
We are joined by Merthyr, Pontypool and Llandovery in the last four, with ties set to be played at neutral venues on the weekend of the 6th April.