2003/2004 WRU National League
Cardiff 13 v 26 Aberavon
29 October 2003 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 13 Aberavon 26

Cardiff paid dearly for a succession of unforced errors and the wasteful kicking away of possession as they slumped to a third consecutive home defeat.

Prospects had looked more promising after 15 minutes of play when the Blue & Blacks led 10-3. A brilliant try by Jamie Henthorn, created off the front of a lineout by Chris Miller had established the lead.

Gareth McCarthy converted from a wide angle and then added a penalty goal. Aberavon’s early score had been a penalty goal and the visiting fly-half was to become an increasingly influential figure. He failed to convert a try by Paul Breeze but kicked a simple penalty goal after Darren Fenton had been yellow-carded.

That gave the Wizards a lead they were never to lose. Davies added a straightforward conversion to a penalty try awarded for a collapsed scrum to make the score 18-10. Worse was to follow for the Blue & Blacks as the restart went straight into touch. From the resulting midfield scrum Davies ran straight through a powder-puff defence for an alarmingly simple try. Cardiff trailed 10-23 at the break and failed to make any inroads in the second period. Penalty goals by MCCarthy and Davies cancelled each other out and even when the visitors were reduced to 13 men after two separate yellow cards in the space of three minutes the ever-increasing unforced errors ruined any chance of a home comeback

Official : Paul Adams (Wales)

Cardiff Aberavon