2003/2004 WRU National League
Cardiff 22 v 33 Bedwas
17 April 2004 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 33 Bedwas 22

Not even the cushion of a two-try start in the first six minutes was enough to save the Blue & Blacks as they slipped to a seventh successive Premier Division defeat.

Bedwas’ first-ever victory over Cardiff, emulating Caerphilly’s landmark victory a week earlier, has left the side locked in the bottom three of the league with only a point separating Llanelli (26 points with a game in hand), Llandovery (also 26) and Cardiff (27).

Yet when Pieter Muller broke the Bedwas defence for Nick Macleod to touch down in the fourth minute and Elgan Jones added a second try within two minutes, everything seemed to be heading in the right direction.

Macleod had converted the second try for a 12-points’ lead. Cardiff were not to score again for another hour.

By half-time visitors’ full back Andrew James had kicked the first two of his four penalty goals and shortly after the restart had added another.

At that point Cardiff were still hopeful of a much-needed win. That expectation soon evaporated as centre Andy Harrison, from turnover ball, and outstanding prop John Tilly, after a patient build-up through the phases, scored tries in the space of eight minutes.

James converted both and added another penalty goal to establish a 26-12 lead at the end of a catastrophic third quarter for the home side. A Macleod penalty goal from close range offered some hope before Harrison scored again and James converted. Five minutes from the end Macleod converted his own try after a classic break but it was the renowned case of too little, too late.