2004/2005 WRU National League
Neath 48 v 24 Cardiff
11 September 2004 - The Gnoll, Neath

Match Report

Neath 48 Cardiff 24

Cardiff's first away trip of the season was always going to be a tough proposition and so it turned out to be as the big Neath pack that included Wales' hooker Mefin Davies prepared the groundwork for a decisive home win.

The Blue & Blacks will take heart from a courageous response from their own outmuscled forwards and the positive work of the backs that produced three good tries.But it was a game that was  being chased after the concession of 28 points in the first half-hour.

The self-styled 'Welsh All Blacks' had taken full advantage of the wind at their backs and tries from Richard Johnston, Paul Jones, Neil Clapham and Aled Brew were all converted by James Hook.

Cardiff hit back from the ever-dangerous Chris Czekaj, converted by Chris Anderson who had come on as a replacement for the injured Gareth McCarthy.Neath had stretched their lead to 33-10 in the second half before Czekaj pounced for his second try and Elgan Jones claimed a third but it was far from enough as the home side finished with three more tries by Chris Gittins, Mark Davies and Hook, whose personal points' tally was 18.