CARDIFF earned an emphatic win on Saturday (Dec 17) as they beat Newcastle 46-10 in the Challenge Cup.
Newcastle attacked early on but some good defending stopped them advancing and the attempted kick ahead was gathered by Tomos Williams.
With ten minutes gone, Cardiff were ahead as Ellis Jenkins offloaded to Taulupe Faletau who in turn found Josh Adams who powered his way over the line. The conversion was missed.
On 22 minutes, Cardiff scored again as Rhys Priestland touched down for his first try for the club and he then added the extras to make it 12-0.
Newcastle hit back with a penalty from Josh Thomas but moments later Cardiff had their third try. Jenkins and Faletau were again involved as they set up Owen Lane to touch down in the corner. The conversion was successful.
As half time loomed, Cardiff continued to attack and a Newcastle infringement allowed Priestland to kick to touch. From the lineout the ball was fed to Rhys Carre who went over to earn the visitors a bonus point. The conversion from Priestland made it 3-26 at half time.
Newcastle looked to hit back early in the second half but some excellent defence from Josh Adams forced the Falcons’ Nathan Earle into touch.
Three minutes later though they did have their first try as Sam Stuart dived over the line. The conversion was successful and the home side were looking to get themselves back within touching distance of their opponents.
However, their ideas of making a comeback were dashed soon after as Cardiff were awarded a penalty try after a driving maul was taken down. Matthew Dalton was sent to the bin and Cardiff now lead 10-33.
Shortly before the hour mark, Lane and Adams combined well with the latter going over for his second try of the game. Priestland added the extras.
Cardiff weren’t finished there and they soon had another try as Mason Grady plucked the ball out of the air and he showed great pace to get himself over the line. The conversion made it 10-47.
That was the end of the scoring and Cardiff celebreated a big win.