2005/2006 Principality Premiership
Bedwas 28 v 10 Cardiff
25 November 2005 - Bridge Field, Bedwas

Match Report

Bedwas 28 Cardiff 12

Another frozen Friday in the Dragons den and another dispiriting defeat. The disappointments and doubts about Cardiff's Premiership campaign gather pace.

There was no lack of effort again from the side, particularly when they were playing catch-up rugby from 22-3 down in the final half-hour but winning from such a position is a near impossibility for better squads than Cardiff's.

The starting line-up was bolstered by Mark Lewis at number 8 and Lee Thomas at fly-half and both of them could not be faulted for their commitment and contribution. But even with Chris Stamatakis again being outstanding, the spark was still missing.

There should be genuine sympathy for a team and coaching staff that once again had few supporters at an away ground (though the Supporters Club, at least, deserve credit for arranging a coach to Laugharne next week) and are seemingly left to plough a lonely furrow as representatives of club rugby at the Arms Park.

Bedwas rammed home their scrum superiority before Cardiff changed half their pack after 50 minutes. Two penalty tries were a sorry indictment of Blue & Black scrummaging woes but they were an accident waiting to happen. A third Bedwas try by flanker Craig Hill underlined the home side's quicker thinking in the first half.

There was more purpose to the second half effort with Stamatakis claiming a deserved try but unforced errors invariably sent the side back on its heels. No one could quibble about the final scoreline - but, once again, the real question concerns the urgency for the powers that be at Cardiff Arms Park to strengthen a worthy young squad that is reduced by injuries and in desperate need of more strength in depth.