The sun shone, the crowd reached a respectable total and Cardiff won a home fixture for the eighth consecutive time. All was well at Cardiff Arms Park yet the general feeling at the end was one of disappointment. The Blue & Blacks rarely got out of third gear while Caerphilly had every right to feel hard done by.
The Castletown men could easily have been comfortably in the lead by half-time as they provided most of the attacking rugby only to be thwarted by poor finishing after excellent build-up work.As it was Cardiff went into the interval with a slim 7-6 advantage. Their only ray of light had been in the 12th minute when Elgan Jones came in off the blind-side wing to take an inside pass and burst clear for his 17th try of the season.
Chris Anderson converted easily but sent two other penalty goal attempts from 45 and 38 metres high and wide of the mark.By contrast Nikki Thomas slotted two close range kicks for the visitors. When he kicked a third early in the second half Cardiff were left chasing the game and with no great conviction. Fortunately a 12-point spree in four minutes midway through the half gave them a much-needed cushion.
The ever-reliable Dan McShane burrowed over for a try that Anderson converted and then the classy Chris Czekaj spun out of a tackle near the touchline to score in the left corner.Caerphilly were far from finished and their enterprising play received some reward when full-back Paul Phillips scored a try that Thomas again goaled.
But it wasn't quite enough and Cardiff had every reason to breathe a sigh of relief at the end of a scrappy affair.