Cardiff finished the first block of Indigo Group Premiership Cup fixtures with a hard fought victory over RGC in Colwyn Bay on Saturday afternoon.
Steve Law’s men were impacted by the international call-ups and injuries in the first team, as well as dealing with their own injury and unavailability list, but were boosted by the returns of Ben Murphy and Morgan Allen to fitness, Ryan Wilkins and Tom Hoppe were recalled in midfield while Theo Cabango and George Gasson made debuts on the wings.
It was a tight opening to the game before Keiron Dixon opened the scoring with a try for the hosts, followed up by a Dion Jones penalty extending the lead. However, the Blue and Blacks were able to hit back before the break as Ben Murphy powered over.
The second half was all the Rags in the early stages as Jack Maynard missed a penalty but was on target with the conversion after Sam Moore had gone over in the corner for a second try in as many games, before Jacob Beetham nailed a long range penalty to make it 8-15. RGC battled hard in the closing stages with Beetham and Rhys Anstey shown yellow cards, but Cardiff clung on for victory.
With Newport beating Pontypridd the Black and Ambers retain top spot in the eastern pool, but after a week off they are welcome to the Arms Park with the Rags hunting more success.