Despite a frustrating evening in Ystrad Mynach, Harry Beddall believes there were plenty of reasons to be positive after Cardiff U18 secured victory over Dragons in the tricky conditions.
Chadd Mutyambizi’s side dug deep to come away with a valiant win over their hosts last week, maintaining their 100 per cent record in the Regional Age Grade Championship, courtesy of a thrilling Scott Delnevo score.
The young Blue and Blacks return to the Arms Park on Wednesday, hosting Ospreys at the capital in the first of two back-to-back home fixtures.
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Captain Beddall was proud of his side's character in the swirling winds and torrential rain but is excited for a return to the club's home ground as focus turns to the challenge ahead.
“The conditions didn’t make it easier to play. You could tell when the wind was behind both sides and in the second half, we started to play a lot more rugby," said the Hartpury College student.
“In the first half we were camped in our 22 and couldn’t really go through more than one or two phases at once.
“We had to grind it through at the end, but the conditions made a huge difference. In the first half Dragons had more momentum but we came through with the momentum at the end. It’s always a bit of relief at the end, it was a hard fight out there.
“Onto Ospreys next. The atmosphere at our home game against Scarlets was great. We’re really looking forward to playing back home again.”
The back row spoke of welcoming back the triumphant Cardiff and Vale College contingent last week: “They settled in well. It was good to have training together to get used to each other’s combinations.”