The omens were not good for Cardiff leading up to this game - and the omens proved right. Reduced to few selectorial options by several long-term injuries, the woes were increased in the hours before kick-off.Hooker Ryan Price was forced to play at flanker and Chris Miller continued at fly-half.
A registration technicality forced another change in the pack, where Ken Fourie was originally named to play alongside Darren Crompton. Half an hour before kick-off Chris John was injured in the warm-up and was withdrawn from full back.Newbridge, in contrast, had Gwent Dragon Lee Jarvis at fly-half and he duly obliged with four siege-gun goal kicks in the opening 25 minutes.
Cardiff had no answer, but made life even more difficult for themselves with a naive pass deep in Newbridge’s 22 that was gleefully intercepted by Gareth Turner who raced 80 metres to Cardiff’s line for the first try.Seven minutes later a catch and drive resulted in a try for home skipper Damion Cooper. By half-time the Blue & Blacks trailed 3-21, their only points coming from a Leon Andrews penalty goal.They showed more life after the interval but wasted several try-scoring opportunities.
They were again punished when a lost scrum sent them back to their own line from where another catch and drive was finished off by Wayne Sims. Mercifully, Jarvis’ boot had lost some of its venom, though he finished with 13 points, his final conversion coming after another gift try when Andrew Bevan gobbled up another floated pass and jogged in from half-way.
At the very end Liam Roberts touched down for Cardiff and Andrews converted