2004/2005 WRU National League
Cardiff 35 v 9 Pontypool
30 October 2004 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 35 Pontypool 9

Cardiff cruised to a comfortable third consecutive win in front of an appreciative Arms Park crowd of 1027. As the sun broke through the clouds in the second half it was if the disappointments and despair of the fans with the regional team were at least being forgotten for a while. I

It was a time to sit back and enjoy the efforts of a young team who have themselves pulled through a couple of adverse results last month.Though the Pooler took a second-minute lead with a John Williams penalty goal, the Blue & Blacks were soon up and running.

Excellent work by Elgan Jones set up an overlap for Chris Stamatakis to score the opening try in the fifth minute. Six minutes after that the ever-alert Shaun James charged down a clearance kick to follow up and touch down at the posts. Chris Anderson had no difficulty in converting.Though Williams was to kick two more penalty goals for the visitors before the interval, they rarely threatened the Cardiff line.

Johnathan Edwards' side, in contrast, had creative flair in midfield with James and Liam Roberts, a classy full back in Matthew Nuthall, the booming boot of Anderson at fly-half, and a pack that provided a solid platform and excellent ball-carriers in John Yapp and James Malpas.A third try soon followed and it was a gem as Elgan Jones sidestepped and turned three defenders for a lovely try in the corner. Anderson converted from wide out and added a penalty goal for a 22-9 lead at half-time. He kicked two more in the third quarter before replacement hooker Michael Leaman was harshly sin-binned for killing the ball at a ruck.

The Gwent referee Michael Cox had not endeared himself to the home support, too often taking time out to deliver exhaustive lectures to players and heavily penalising the Blue & Blacks for allegedly slowing the ball down. At the very end the crowd's patience was stretched to the limit after a blatantly high and dangerous tackle by Pooler scrum-half Owen Jones on Dafydd Hewitt earned a penalty but not a yellow card or even a trademark lecture.

By then, though, the game was long since won and lost with James adding an injury time try after turnover ball had been clinically capitalised on and a 60 metre break-out along the left flank brought the curtain down on a satisfactory afternoon's work

Official : Michael Cox (Wales)

Cardiff Pontypool