2004/2005 WRU National League
Cardiff 17 v 0 Bedwas
22 December 2004 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 17 Bedwas 0

What threatened to become a pointless match in more ways than one finally burst into life six minutes after half-time with a brilliant try by in-form centre Liam Roberts. His touchdown under the posts after a clean break, converted by Chris Anderson, was the signal for some belated Christmas cheer for the Arms Park fans.

Suddenly, passes that had been consistently dropped throughout the first 50 minutes were held and the sprightly Cardiff backs stretched the Bedwas defence to the limit.Two more sparkling tries followed, the first by try hungry Elgan Jones after text-book passing along the line, Nick Gill's insertion from the blind-side wing and the final link work by Leon Andrews.Gill scored the final try himself, not inconvenienced by a standing start as he collected a loose ball and switched on the after burners that left his marker grasping thin air.

It was all so different to the comedy of errors of the first half when both sides appeared to have been sponsored for knock-ons. Referee Nigel Owens deserves a lot of credit for playing as much advantage as possible but even then the unforced errors wrecked his good intentions. What he couldn't ignore was the deliberate slowing down of the ball at rucks and mauls. Bedwas' ex-Cardiff Youth hooker Khalid Jarma was shown a yellow card in first half injury time as frustration boiled over and Leon Andrews suffered the same fate in the 68th minute.

By then, the Blue & Blacks had secured three vital league points, a fitting reward for dogged defence in the first half and attacking ambition after that.

Official : Nigel Owens (Wales)

Cardiff Bedwas