Pontypridd 6-45 Cardiff

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Cardiff won at Sardis Road for the first time since December 2009 as the Blue and Blacks ran in six tries to sweep Pontypridd away on Saturday afternoon.

Steve Law had been able to name a largely consistent matchday 23 with just four changes in personnel from the win over Ebbw Vale the previous week, although some switches between the starting XV and replacements bench maintained a fresh look, and there was a late change as Gwilym Bradley replaced Alex Mann as a substitute.

A bright start to the game was sparked by Dan Fish who kicked a penalty before converting his own try to give Cardiff an early 0-10 lead, and although Tyler Morris kicked two penalties of his own for Pontypridd, tries from Iestyn Harris and Ryan Wilkins helped the Rags to a commanding 6-24 lead at the break.

Wilkins was back over the line for the bonus point score 10 minutes after half-time, before tries from Ioan Evans and James Beal secured the Blue and Blacks’ biggest ever away win over our rivals from up the A470 with a 6-45 final scoreline.

Unfortunately Newport grabbed a bonus point win over Merthyr to maintain their two-point lead at the top of the eastern pool, meaning it all comes down to the final weekend of the regular part of the Indigo Group Premiership Cup campaign with Cardiff welcoming the Ironmen to the Arms Park and the Black and Ambers hosting Ebbw Vale.

Images from Viv Jones

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