Cardiff RFC brought their pre-season campaign to a close on Friday with a comfortable win over Bedwas RFC at Bridge Field ahead of the Indigo Group Premiership getting underway next week.
The Blue and Blacks were able to take a strong team up to Steve Law’s former club despite Thomas Davies, Evan Yardley, Callum Bradbury, James Ratti, Morgan Allen, Nathan Hudd, Alex Everett, Gareth Thompson, Sam Beard and Barney Nightingale being involved with the Cardiff Blues A squad.
New signings Brynley Toms, Scott Andrews, Lloyd Pike, Ben Williams, Joe Scrivens, Jack Brooks, Leon Andrews and Amir Jiwa-Walji were all named in the starting XV captained by Sam Pailor who packed down at number eight.
It was the Blue and Blacks who started much the brighter of the two teams, building on the games against St Peters and Glamorgan Wanderers the previous weekend, with Leon Andrews crossing for a try as he returned to the team 12 years after bringing his first spell to an end.
Captain Sam Pailor, another new signing in Jack Brooks and last season’s top scorer Edd Howley all followed him over the try line, with Joe Scrivens kicking four conversions, as Cardiff took a commanding 0-28 lead into half-time.
A number of changes at the break stunted the progress of the Blue and Blacks somewhat, as Bedwas got themselves on the scoreboard, but James Beal, now fully fit after a long injury lay-off, and replacement permit player Zac Bartlett crossed to make the game safe.
Two more Bedwas tries will be a defensive disappointment late on for Cardiff, but a 21-45 final score is a commanding result and a real boost of confidence to finish pre-season with.
Steve Law’s men now get the Indigo Group Premiership underway hosting Pontypridd at the Arms Park on Friday, with a 7.05pm kick-off. Entry is included in a Cardiff Blues season ticket.