Glamorgan Wanderers
2005/2006 Principality Premiership
Wanderers 10 v 41 Cardiff
15 April 2006 - Memorial Ground, Ely, Cardiff

Match Report

Glamorgan Wanderers 10 Cardiff 41

The Blue & Blacks gave their fans an Easter treat at the Memorial Ground, scoring five tries and playing enterprising rugby on a sunlit afternoon. There was no shortage of entertainment on show with hooker Michael Leaman setting the tone for the afternoon in the fifth minute when he galloped to the posts for the opening try after great work by Neil Coles and Dafydd Hewitt.

The Wanderers had their own game plan built on Gareth McCarthy drilling the ball into the corners and their pack, with old warrior Keith Stewart to the fore, trying to tie Cardiff down to a forwards' dogfight. The strategy never came close to working. Though McCarthy had given his side a short lived lead with a typical 40-metre penalty goal inside the first two minutes, Leaman's swift retort gave the Blue & Blacks an appetite for attacking and expansive rugby.

Ten minutes later Chris Stamatakis charged away along the touchline, chipped ahead and regathered cleanly, and when the move was halted, the ball was recycled for Richard Davies to execute a beautiful dummy and run-in for the  second try. Chris Anderson added the conversion for the second time and then kicked a short-range penalty goal after the home side's backs were caught offside after another Cardiff break out. 

The Wanderers cut the lead to 17-10 when impressive lock Alex Luff crossed near the corner and McCarthy converted. The half ended with two excellent Cardiff tries, the first by Leaman (again) after great handling by Nathan Trevett and Coles, and the second by skipper Gareth Gravell from clinically used turnover ball on halfway. Two more Anderson conversions completed an excellent half's work and a 31-10 scoreline.

The only downside of the play had been some wayward kicking out of hand that made everyone wonder whether the touchline was moving further away as the ball left successive Cardiff boots. At times the inaccuracy and errors reached comical proportions. Anderson was more successful with place kicks, however, slotting a 38-metre penalty goal and then converting another thrilling try when Richard Jones seized on turnover ball under his own posts, Khalid Jama offered willing support and Dafydd Hewitt finished off the move at the other end of the pitch.

At 41-10 with nearly half an hour still to play there seemed every prospect of a points' avalanche. Those hopes disappeared as all seven replacements were quickly employed and the game lost its shape. Still, five tries and another win, Cardiff's seventh in their last nine Premiership and Cup games, all contributed to an enjoyable and friendly occasion in downtown Ely.