2003/2004 WRU National League
Caerphilly 27 v 25 Cardiff
10 April 2004 - Stadium, Caerphilly

Match Report

Caerphilly 27 Cardiff 25

A late flurry of three tries in five minutes were not enough to save Cardiff as they went down to their sixth successive defeat that leaves them in the bottom three of the Premier Division with only three games left to play.The Blue & Blacks paid the penalty for conceding fat too much turnover ball, generously accepted by Caerphilly who had the knack of picking up points whenever they scrambled into Cardiff’s half.In a dire opening quarter Stuart Thomas kicked two penalties for the home side and Nick Macleod replied with a 25-metre effort.

There should have been far more points on the board by Chris Miller’s team. Instead, Caerphilly broke out of their own half again and hooker Peter Harrison put his skipper, Andy Williams, over for the opening try.Miller replied immediately as the restart went loose and he raced over unopposed at the corner. That made the score 11-8 to Caerphilly at the interval. The pattern continued in the third quarter as time and time again Cardiff surrendered attacking positions and failed to take their chances.

Thomas kicked two more penalties, his namesake Justin dropped a goal and Harrison was driven over for another try.At 8-27 with 10 minutes left the case looked hopeless. Suddenly Cardiff’s passes stuck rather than spilled. Michael Leaman, Francesco Brillante and Robin Sowden-Taylor all crossed for tries, the first converted by Macleod.

Unfortunately his last kick of all sailed wide and an unlikely draw escaped. It summed up the afternoon.