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South Wales Echo - - Principality Premiership -

CARDIFF’S im­pres­sive league form con­tin­ued as they came from be­hind to clinch a bonus­point vic­tory at New­port.

The two sides shared 10 tries, but after trail­ing 17-7 at the turn­around it was a clin­i­cal edge that won the game for the vis­i­tors.

“It was dif­fi­cult in the first half,” said Cardiff head coach Steve Law. “It was a lit­tle bit more com­pet­i­tive and a bit more open in the sec­ond half. We had more ter­ri­tory and we were a lit­tle bit more clin­i­cal.”

The Black and Am­bers got off to a dream start when El­liot Frewen bagged his 10th try of the sea­son.

Cardiff hit back through Gareth Thomp­son, who touched down and added the con­ver­sion. The hosts then started to pull away, with Matthew Reed and David Richards on the score­sheet.

Law’s men got the first score after the break, with Martin Roberts cross­ing and Thomp­son adding the con­ver­sion. That saw the mo­men­tum shift to Cardiff and in a mat­ter of min­utes Mor­gan Allen went over to give the vis­i­tors the lead for the first time.

A Matt O’Brien penalty threat­ened to haul New­port back into the game but a sec­ond con­verted Roberts try edged Cardiff fur­ther ahead.

Will Evans closed the deficit again with a well-worked try, but a Thomp­son penalty and a con­verted try for Allen sealed the win for the Blue and Blacks.

New­port bagged a los­ing bonus point thanks to Chris Wil­liams.

Law added: “The boys re­acted well, they scored at the right times but it was a game that could have gone ei­ther way.”

– Tries: E Frewen, M Reed, D Richards, W Evans, C Wil­liams. Cons: M O’Brien (2). Pen: M O’Brien.

– Try: G Thomp­son, M Roberts (2), M Allen (2). Cons: G Thomp­son (4), S Jones. Pen: G Thomp­son. Ben Cam­bri­ani set up a Whites at­tack and R Rhys Wil­liams was on hand to slide over for a try.

On the stroke of half-time Jamie Mur­phy was tack­led off the ball on half­way as he chased down a grub­ber kick and Evans kicked his side into the lead.

Swansea re­took the lead in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion when quick ball out to the backs saw R Rhys Wil­liams race in at a dev­as­tat­ing an­gle to score un­der the posts, but Evans replied with a long-range penalty.

A third home try soon fol­lowed when Aubrey got quick ball out wide for Cam­bri­ani to score and Josh Thomas sealed vic­tory with a late penalty.

Brid­gend head coach Matt Silva said: “I was sur­prised that Swansea didn’t go for the bonus point as they had been kick­ing to the cor­ner all game, but they were good value for the win, looked like scor­ing tries and beat us in the con­tact ar­eas and set­piece.

“We are re­ally dis­ap­pointed as we were in the game mid­way through the sec­ond half and were look­ing at a los­ing bonus point in the clos­ing stages, but we care­lessly gave away a late penalty un­der­neath the sticks

“It was a tough en­counter as Swansea are much im­proved re­cently with their in­flux of Ospreys Academy play­ers, which has cat­a­pulted them up the league.”

Ben Cam­bri­ani was among the tries for Swansea.

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