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Cardiff U17 cap off summer block with impressive win over Scarlets

Pathway | 16th August 2022

Cardiff U17 capped off a positive summer block with an impressive display against Scarlets on Monday.

The young Blue and Blacks ran in seven tries in a sensational 47-7 victory over the west Wales outfit at Cardiff Arms Park, making it three consecutive victories at the capital.

Chadd Mutyambizi’s side were looking to carry momentum into the final clash of the block following recent wins over Bath and Ospreys, and picked up where they left off as outside centre Tom Bowen crossed for the game’s opening score. 

Hooker Charlie Manship’s powerful carry laid the platform to go wide, and Bowen latched onto a spectacular offload from midfield partner Steff Emanuel to run in under the sticks.

While the opening try was about flair and skill, the hosts went down a direct route for their second score of the evening, as tighthead Isaac Godfrey crashed over for his second try in two outings.

A handling error by the Scarlets backline paved the way for Cardiff’s third try of the game, with Rhys Emmott winning the footrace to the loose ball. The number eight dummied his way past a couple of away defenders before finding Emanuel in support. 

The returning centre showed he had pace to match his skills, as he streaked away from the final defender to run in from halfway.

Scarlets’ woes were further compounded by the Blue and Blacks’ fourth score of the first half. This time it was electric full back Kodie Stone who provided the spark, using his footwork to break through the defensive line, creating the space for Dylan Scott to coast clear down the left hand side.

There was time for Scarlets to pull one back before the interval, but normal service was resumed after the break as wing Ben Roberts produced a slick finish out wide.

A Tom Bowen break allowed Jaden Wilkins to add Cardiff’s sixth of the evening before replacement wing Peter Richmond had the final word to take the Blue and Blacks’ try tally to seven - capping off an encouraging campaign.

Age grade rugby will return later this month as Cardiff’s under-16 sides kick off their Regional Age Grade Championship campaigns.