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Cardiff Cobras survive the Blitz.

The fog and sun were both still down as the Cobras met on a silent Senghennydd Road this past Sunday to catch a bus down to Plymouth for a 3-hour journey to their first game of the season. Spirits were high on the long trip following a successful pre-season campaign and, as the morning developed in to a cool but fine day in the south, Cardiff were quietly confident.

 

Following warm-ups and the coin toss, Cobras Kicker Alex Brew got the game underway. The Blitz started strongly on offense, gaining solid yards on the ground and through the air, and drove down the field on the Cobras defense. However the defense stepped up and stopped Plymouth, allowing the Cobra offense, led by QuarterBack Tom Williams, to take over. Cardiff immediately replied with rookie (fresher) Running Back Ben Fowle taking a sweep 80 yards down the field for the TouchDown to the cheers of the rest of the team and the few Cardiff SnakeCharmer Cheerleaders who could make the game.

 

Inspired by the strong play of the offense and some tricksy runs by Alex Brew, Cardiff's D continued to perform well with big tackles by LineBackers Ollie Devon and James Fooks and club President, Larry Hunt, at Defensive End and blanket coverage by Defensive Backs Tom List and Pete Brockway. However the physical Plymouth team kept pushing and scored on a long reverse play just before half-time and then converted the 2-point attempt to go 8-6 up.

 

The second half saw much of the same as the first, with neither team's offense being able to capitalise on strong defensive play until the deadlock at last broke in Cardiff's favour in the last two minutes of paly: Alex Brew caught a sensational pass across midfield from QB Tom, giving the Cobras great field position which led to a TD grab by second year Wide Receiver Josh Hurford and the Cobras went wild, only to see it brought back for a ridiculous penalty by the slighty less-than-impartial referees. Not wishing to be outdone, Tom Williams linked up again with Hurford on an almost identical play which Hurford managed to hold on to again, and this time the refs allowed it! The Cobras took a 14-8 lead, with mere seconds left to play, and as the Blitz offense took to the air to try and cover as much ground as possible in the short amount of time, fresher Defensive Back Pete Brockway intercepted a Plymouth pass on a fantastically executed play by the Cobras defense. With that, the offense knelt out the game, and the Cobras, emotions torn, won their first game of the season!

 

Next week brings more of the same for Cardiff, who will face bitter rivals Bristol Barracuda at Fortress Llanrumney. The Cobras, who haven't lost at home in 3 seasons and are unbeaten in 10 games, will look to continue this streak against one of the teams fancied as National Championship contenders this year in what promises to be an outstanding and tightly-fought contest.

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