Cardiff Blues A fought for a deserved victory over an experienced Dragons A side at Ystrad Mynach on Wednesday afternoon, winning out 17-8.
Against a Dragons side who had been together for a few weeks and contained a number of players with good first team experience, the young Cardiff Blues side started well with successive penalties putting them into the corner before Wales U20 scrum-half Ellis Bevan of Cardiff Met sniped from the back of a maul, beat three man and scored the opening try of the game.
Luke Scully converted in his first appearance in a Cardiff team after his summer move from Worcester but Dragons hit back with some brave defence restricting the hosts to just an Arwel Robson penalty in front of the posts.
The hosts dominated the rest of the half but T Rhys Thomas’ men stood form to ensure the scoreline stayed 3-7 until the break when a number of changes reinvigorated the team.
One of those was 18-year-old Mason Grady who returned from injury to make a storming carry, cutting through the Dragons defence and exchanging passes with Wales Sevens winger Morgan Williams only to be pulled down just short. Fortunately Bevan and captain on the day Ben Thomas stayed calm to move the ball wide to the right where Harri Millard went over.
Thomas converted but the home side hit straight back with a driving maul try that went unconverted and left the scores at 14-8, with only a further Thomas penalty adding to the score as once again Dragons dominated possession and territory but the Cardiff Blues defence stood firm to take the win back to the capital.