2004/2005 WRU National League
Cardiff 54 v 24 Newbridge
05 April 2005 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 54 Newbridge 24

In a game of little shape and much mayhem Cardiff were 12 points ahead in as many minutes, fell asleep and trailed by five early in the second half, and eventually struck the half-century for a 30 points victory.

It was indicative of a profligate performance that at the end both Mike Rayer and Howard Stone were left shaking their heads at what they had seen over the course of the previous 80 minutes. All rational thinking suggested that a Newbridge squad which included an extra 10 new names to the 23-man provisional squad provided at the weekend should have been under a Blue & Black cosh from first to last.

When the lively James Goode opened the scoring after a fine gallop in the seventh minute that anticipation was surely about to become reality. A second try by James Malpas four minutes later only served to strengthen that belief.  But for the next 40 minutes of play Cardiff did not register any further points. Instead the glory fell to the visitors. Turnover ball served up tries to Mark Addis and Tom Lampard, and Ross Watts converted another touchdown by Stuart Coles.Suddenly with barely half-an-hour left to play the basement club led 17-12.

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party seemed to be unfolding before our disbelieving eyes. Sanity was restored when Goode was on hand after great approach work by Liam Roberts and Gareth Gunter for a converted try at the posts and the game turned again. From the restart Malpas charged through the middle,

Elgan Jones carried the move on and Leon Andrews glided over for another try.Newbridge's moment in the sun was already over. In the final quarter Roberts, Purcell and Richard Jones ran in further tries and Chris Anderson's unerring goalkicking took his individual tally for the season past 250 points.

The visitors did have a consolation try by prop Leighton Davies, converted by Ross Jones but Cardiff's superiority was rammed home in the 78th minute when a maul was pulled down and a penalty try was awarded.

Official : Phil Fear (Wales)

Cardiff Newbridge