Cardiff made the best possible start to their Welsh Premier Division campaign by scoring four tries in a comprehensive 36-13 win over Llanelli in front of the biggest Arms Park crowd of the season.Points-machine Gareth McCarthy contributed 21 points, including the first try, but the star of the sun-lit afternoon was number 8, James Malpas.
He capped a towering individual performance in the 78th minute when he surged away from the back row of the scrum, dummied the first line of defence and raced 40 metres to the corner.That score brought the house down and confirmed the passionate support from the Blue and Blacks fans.McCarthy had collected all eleven points in the first half, two penalty goals sandwiching a try after he raced along the right touchline.
Tomos Marks had kicked two penalty goals for the Scarlets but Cardiff were well-worth their 11-6 lead.Lock Chris Rowe was sinbinned in the 43rd minute and the Blue and Blacks took full advantage when prop David Evans powered over for a try that McCarthy converted with a brilliant kick from wide out. He then added two penalty goals, the second from 45 metres.
A mass brawl in front of the main stand roused the crowd in support of the team and Leon Andrews paid them back with a clever try, again converted by McCarthy before Malpas applied the coup-de-gras.
Replacement Gavin Quinnell claimed a late try for the visitors that Marks converted.