Bargoed were beaten 47-26 by Cardiff in their final Principality Premiership game of the season.
The Bulls scored four tries to earn a bonus point as they welcomed ex-players Steffan Jones, Ian Jenkins and Kieron Brown back to Bargoed Park.
But despite gaining a point, Bargoed finish the season in 15th place in the table.
The visitors opened the scoring when Ed Howley scored with a chip and chase.
Cardiff then extended their lead when Howley set up winger Llywarch Ap Myrddin to score a try in the corner. Gareth Thompson’s conversion gave the team from the capital a 12-0 lead.
Cardiff continued to cause Bargoed problems and Howley scored his second try of the game in the 14th minute. Thompson converted to increase the lead to 19-0.
Bargoed bounced back and put pressure on the opposing defence, earning three penalties in the process.
The Bulls kicked to the corner and drove the resulting lineout towards the try line. Hooker Lewys Lippiett then scored Bargoed’s first try of the game, which was converted by Josh Prosser.
Bargoed maintained the pressure and in the 28th minute, winger Ashley Norton set up outside-half Julian Mogg for the hosts’ second try.
Prosser scored the conversion to cut Cardiff’s lead to just five points.
But it was Cardiff who scored next, with Howley completing his hat-trick and earning his side a bonus point. Thompson was successful with the conversion.
Momnetum was now back in Cardiff’s favour. Bargoed’s loosehead prop John Lavender was shown a yellow card and sent to the sidelines for a dangerous tackle, leaving Bargoed a man down.
Cardiff capitalised on this when Howley ran through for his fourth try of the game. Thompson converted to give the Blue and Blacks a 33-14 lead at half-time.
The visitors opened the second half scoring when ex-Bargoed hooker Jenkins scored a try, which was converted by Thompson.
Bargoed got themselves back on the scoreboard when Norton scored the Bulls’ third try of the day.
Prosser’s conversion sailed between the posts to cut Cardiff’s lead to 40-21.
Bargoed continued to attack but a handling error led to possession being lost and Ap Myrddin running in for his second try.
Thompson converted to take Cardiff up to 47 points.
As the game began to die down, Bargoed scored their fourth try through Norton, securing a bonus point in the process and complete the scoring.
Bargoed will now set their sights on next season, where they will play in the Welsh Championship alongside Bedwas and Cross Keys.