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Bargoed opened their National Championship campaign with a visit to Cardiff Met RFC, and came away with a 20-20 draw in a tight encounter.

Bargoed started well and early pressure saw them take the lead with a penalty from Steffan Jones. Bargoed created a number of chances and dominated both territory and possession but failed to capitalise through a number of errors.

They increased their lead with another penalty from Jones making it 6-0.

Cardiff Met cut the deficit with a penalty from Harry Johnson, but Bargoed once again pressured the students. It looked like prop Kieron Brown had scored but the Ref seemed that he was just short and knocked on.

Bargoed also missed a couple more opportunities to score, after Darren Humphries and Grant Rogers both looked like they would score. However they let the home side off the hook and in a rare visit to the Bargoed 22 the visitors surprisingly conceded a scrum penalty, where they had been completely dominant. The students took the three points to make it 6-6 at half time.

Cardiff Met took the initiative and scored the first try when Harry Johnson bust through and scored a try which he also converted. Bargoed fought back and using their effective scrum and driving line out they pulled it level when Adam Powell scored and Jones converted.

Bargoed took the lead in similar fashion as they tightened up the game plan, which saw Geraint Edmonds crash over and Jones converted to lead 20-13.

A series of errors and penalties conceded by Bargoed put them under pressure and the Met made it all square when a scrum error saw flanker Will Gibson pounce and Johnson convert.

Bargoed started to play more expansively in attack as they chased the victory and excellent work saw them move the Met defence around as they created a great opportunity but a lack of accuracy saw the ball go down and it ended 20-20.

This was a game that Bargoed should have won as they dominated territory and possession but a lack of cutting edge in attack and some critical errors cost the dearly.

Next week they travel to play  Aberavon in the Cup, and they will be looking to spring a similar surprise to the one they did a couple of years ago, when they knocked the Premiership outfit out of the cup with a great victory.

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