Bargoed’s historic first year in the Principality Premiership ended with an entertaining if frustrating defeat at home to Cardiff. Just a few seasons ago any sort of win against Premiership opposition was regarded as a significant achievement but this campaign has seen the Bulls register Premiership wins home and away against Swansea and victories over Bridgend, Newport and Neath. Add to that, Challenge Cup successes against Pontypridd, home and away and also against high flying Merthyr and Ebbw Vale and it all points to a pretty competitive entry into the top flight of domestic Welsh rugby.
Chairman Neil Carter sums up the mood in the club “The coaches wanted to keep faith with the players who got us from the Championship and with a few additions that’s what we’ve done so we think that our record this year has been impressive given the quality of the opposition. Arguably we should have won half a dozen more and we were in positions to do that but our inexperience at this level showed that managing the final minutes of a game is what good teams do, but we’ve learned from that and intend to put that right for next season.”