Cardiff RFC got pre-season underway with a useful run out at the Memorial Ground on Saturday as part of a mini-tournament against Glamorgan Wanderers and St Peters.
With 13 players, including a number of new signings, involved with the Cardiff Blues A squad taking on Leinster A at the Arms Park, head coach Steve Law took an experimental side out to Ely, taking a chance to look at some of the younger and less experienced new signings.
The first shortened game started well for the Blue and Blacks, with a comprehensive victory over St Peters who are preparing for life in Division One East Central after gaining promotion last season under Cardiff Blues U16 South head coach Dai Griffiths.
All four tries were scored by new signings as Jack Brooks crossed for a brace after being picked up from Tata Steel, while back rowers Nathan Hudd, signed from Bedwas, and Lloyd Pike, signed from Llanelli, bagged one each.
Three conversions were kicked by Luke Ford, returning to a Blue and Blacks jersey for the first time since May 2018 after overcoming injury problems, for a 26-0 win.
The second game was a tougher affair up against Glamorgan Wanderers, also preparing for a season after promotion as they return to the Championship under Cardiff and Vale College Director of Rugby Martyn Fowler.
Two permit players, Zac Bartlett and Johnny Wood scored the Cardiff tries, with the latter adding a conversion, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 12-26 loss.
All in all a handy run out for the Blue and Blacks though, who now turn their focus to the second and final pre-season friendly against Bedwas at Bridge Field this coming Friday, before Pontypridd come to the Arms Park a week later to get the Indigo Group Premiership season underway.