2004/2005 WRU National League
Cardiff 14 v 30 Neath
11 December 2004 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 14 Neath 30

A gallant Cardiff effort failed to dislodge unbeaten Neath from their top spot in the Premier Division. An early Chris Anderson penalty goal provided a 3-0 lead and although the visitors scored two outstanding tries in the opening quarter Cardiff were still in touch until the closing stages of the match.Richard Johnston claimed both of the opening tries, the first from a clear overlap and the second after a perfectly timed burst onto a short pass.

The latter may have been marginally forward but the speed of its execution was impressive. James Hook converted the second effort but two more Anderson goals, one from 50 metres, left a narrow deficit of 9-12 at the break.A Cardiff score early in the second period would have disconcerted a strangely inaccurate Neath team but an ambitious Anderson pot from his own half fell narrowly wide.

Hook responded with a simple goal of his own after a harsh penalty award for offside. Skipper Gareth Morris then touched down for Neath for Hook to convert.Cardiff still had plenty of spirit and in the 63rd minute Chris Czekaj squeezed in at the corner for a well-deserved try. A score of 14-22 was a fair reflection of the game but Neath were not finished.

Hook kicked another goal before centre Andrew Bishop claimed the fourth try in the 74th minute

Official : Tim Hayes (Wales)

Cardiff Neath