2005/2006 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 40 v 22 Bedwas
26 April 2006 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 40 Bedwas 22

Another six tries, three Premiership points, and still nothing is settled. Mathematically at least, the Blue & Blacks are not yet safe from the dreaded relegation. Victories for Maesteg and Llandovery mean that a bit more has to be done, namely a victory over Carmarthen Quins next week, before everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. What no one wants is to leave everything up in the air until the final 'home' game against Pontypridd sometime during the week beginning 7 May. Home may be where the heart is but it won't be at Cardiff Arms Park in that particular week.

Defeating Bedwas was achieved in fits and starts - a sloppy opening quarter, then 21 points in seven minutes, the concession of a soft try, and another burst of scoring either side of half-time before the Herculean James Malpas had the final word, for the Blue & Blacks at least, with a bulldozing try.

Bedwas, limited though they were, never gave up and were rewarded with tries of their own from Steffan Sankala in the first half, and Jon Salter and Rhys Edwards sandwiching Malpas' effort in the second half. Impressive centre Phil Dolman converted two and kicked an early penalty goal.

Cardiff's tries were admirable. Tom Isaacs got the first with a 'show and go' and run-in from 50 metres; Michael Leaman claimed his eighth try of the season as he pounced on loose ball to score at the posts; a great break by Dafydd Hewitt sent Nick Gill into overdrive and a classy wing's try. Lee Thomas converted all three.

In first-half injury time Lee Thomas ran a wayward Bedwas kick back at them and Chris Stamatakis appeared on his outside to take the scoring pass. Good stuff. Immediately after the interval Isaacs again showed great vision to work Elgan Jones clear on the right  and the winger matched Leaman's seasonal octet. And finally there was the mighty Malpas, the talisman for the recovery of recent months.   

So the job is not quite done - but performances as well as results have brightened the closing couple of months of the campaign.