2004/2005 WRU National League
Cardiff 44 v 13 Cross Keys
30 December 2004 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Cross Keys

Match Report

Cardiff 44 Cross Keys 13

Cardiff completed a great Christmas double with a resounding six-try performance against Cross Keys.Robin Sowden-Taylor gave a perfect exhibition of the flanker's arts as he inspired his team mates with his all-action display. What appeared to be a difficult proposition when the Blue & Blacks trailed 5-6 after the first quarter turned into one way traffic in the closing stages.

The team is never more comfortable than when playing free-flowing 15-man rugby and that was what finally developed in the second half. At first though it was very much a dour encounter. Keys full back Gethin Worgan kicked penalty goals in the first and 15th minutes with Cardiff replying with a catch and drive try by the pack finished off by James Goode.Then Chris Andersoin kicked a 21st minute penalty goal to give his side a lead they never lost.

The brightest moment of the half came when Leon Andrews burst up field to find Sowden-Taylor at his elbow for the final pass and try under the posts. Anderson converted but Cardiff were caught napping in first-half injury time when wing Lee Humphreys raced over and Worgan added the extra points.Cardiff were well-worth their 15-13 interval lead but there was much better still to come.

Persistent pressure yielded a penalty goal for Anderson and he hit the upright with another long-distance attempt before the floodgates finally opened.Leon Andrews scored two brilliant tries in as many minutes, the first after another surging run by Sowden-Taylor supported by new prop Gareth Gunter and the second after a typically elusive contribution by Elgan Jones. Anderson converted both as he did when Rob Lawson dummied and dived over from close range.

By then Keys prop Julian Price had been justly red carded for a blatant stamp on the head of Dan McShane. Three minutes from the end more turnover ball was seized on by Sowden-Taylor and Chris Czekaj dived over in the corner.

Official : Matthew Aplin (Wales)

Cardiff Cross Keys