2003/2004 WRU National League
Cardiff 17 v 27 Newbridge
18 October 2003 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 17 ewbridge 27

A controversial try awarded after an apparent knock-on knocked the stuffing out of the Blue & Blacks and Newbridge pulled away to add a second try in the dying moments to give them a flattering 10-points’ margin of victory. Cardiff had started well as early as the third minute when a breakout of their own 22 ended in a try for speedster Jamie Henthorn.

The winger was to add another in the last five minutes of the half but not before the visitors had notched up 17 points of their own. Left wing Andrew Bevan’s try in the corner was expertly converted by Ross Watts and before the Blue & Blacks had recovered from that Newbridge struck again.

Chris Arnold touched down under the posts and the conversion was no problem for Watts. The fly-half claimed another three points with a 33rd minute penalty goal before Henthorn scored his second try. The Blue & Blacks again started the second period well with Leon Andrews converting his own try to bring the scores level at 17-all. Coach Mike Rayer rung the changes in the third quarter with Chris Stamatakis,

Elgan Jones and Chris Miller all being called off the bench. But their best efforts were undone when the referee missed a knock-on as Simon Greedy scored his 60th minute try. Though Newbridge were reduced to 14 men when Matthew McCarthy was sin-binned for a dangerously high tackle, the result was finally settled when Damien Cooper crossed for his side’s fourth try. 

Official : Phil Fear (Wales)

Cardiff Newbridge