Cardiff and Vale College won the WRU College League Cup Final at the first time of asking after a tough battle with Llandovery College at the Principality Stadium on Wednesday evening.
After a fantastic season for Martyn Fowler’s men that has seen them win nine of 10 games and qualify from the Cardiff Pathway Pool to cruise through to the final from the Cup competition, they met a Llandovery side they had beaten away from home during the campaign.
It was CAVC who flew out of the blocks and raced into a 13-0 lead after Harrison James finished off a flowing attack from inside their own half, before converting his own try and kicking two penalties as the defence dominated with it’s intensity and a number of excellent turnovers.
Unfortunately that level could not quite be maintained to the break as Llandovery scored two quick converted tries before the break to lead 13-14 at half-time, but CAVC were back out fighting in the second half as the rain fell at the national stadium, pushing a maul over with Harper Chamberlain in possession before Finn Charles nailed a nerveless 65th minute penalty.
A 23-17 scoreline at full-time ensured Fowler’s side lifted the trophy, the first since he took over the programme, a magnificent achievement for all connected with it.
That win capped a superb day for the Cardiff Pathway at the Principality, as Whitchurch High School started the day with a comprehensive 29-52 win over Coleg Llandrillo in the Bowl Final, a successful end to the season for their young squad.
Then this was followed by Ysgol Glantaf beating Newport High School thanks to a 26-10 scoreline as Llywarch ap Myrddin’s side lifted the Plate after battling hard with CAVC and Coleg y Cymoedd in the Cardiff Pathway Pool before beating Coleg Sir Gar on the way to the Plate Final.