2003/2004 WRU National League
Cardiff 45 v 3 Caerphilly
15 November 2003 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 45 Caerphilly 3

The Blue & Blacks fully deserved their six tries to nil victory over Caerphilly who arrived at the Arms Park comfortably placed in sixth position in the Premier Division.

But Cardiff turned the form book on its head and never looked back after scoring their first try at the end of the first quarter. By half-time the lead had been extended to 24-3 and in the end Gareth McCarthy finished with a personal tally of 20 points to take his season’s total in the league to 99 points.

Cardiff clearly benefited from the return of James Malpas and Robin Sowden-Taylor, both of whom were outstanding in an impressive display by all the pack. McCarthy kicked a penalty goal in the fourth minute and never lost the lead. Inspiring skipper Owen Ruttley set-up two tries in as many minutes at the end of the first quarter.

Both came from quickly taken tap penalties on half way. From the first Sowden-Taylor was on his elbow to burst away and send Richard Jones clear to the line. Then for the second Ruttley probed the short side before the ball was spun wide into open field for Malpas to power through the remnants of the defence in a 25-metre run.

Both tries were converted by McCarthy as he did all six tries before the end. Stuart Thomas registered Caerphilly’s only points with a simple penalty goal before Darren Davies was driven over in the corner by the pack from a lineout catch and drive. In the second half McCarthy contributed a brilliant individual try as he chipped over the defence on half-way and regathered for a touchdown at the posts.

The excellent Darren Fenton then got in on the act as he galloped over at the posts before another touch of McCarthy vision saw him put up a crossfield kick to the openside for Stamatakis to catch and feed Sowden-Taylor for the final try.