Ten tries without reply, a good and supportive crowd, the sun high in the sky...all was well with the world at the Arms Park as Cardiff extended their winning run to ten home matches.Having ground out character-building wins in the wind and rain of Carmarthen and Newbridge in the past seven days, the spring-like afternoon was the signal for spectacular running and offloading in the tackle as the Blue & Blacks' legerdemain and pace cruelly exposed Ebbw Vale's limitations.
A fifth minute try for Shaun James after the visitors had dropped the ball on half-way and Nick Gill raced away along the right touchline was the taste of what was to follow in what was still a fairly competitive first half. Six minutes later a similar attack with Geraint Morris galloping away and interpassing with Gill for the wing to score again had the crowd on their feet.
Among them were the New Zealand Army Team, taking a break on their five-match tour of the UK, including two All Black legends, Fred Allen and Tiny Hill. Allen had played against his hosts, Dr Jack Matthews and Bleddyn Williams, on the famous 33-match tour of Europe in 1945-46.For the next half-hour the Steelmen threatened to break their points duck, going for attacking positions rather than taking penalty goals.
They were denied by an outstanding defence with Adam Powell and Dan McShane leading the way.Cardiff clicked back into gear again in the final minutes of the half with a fine team try finished off by Richard Jones and another for Gill after an inch-perfect pass from Chris Anderson. The fly-half had also converted three of the tries for the 26-0 interval lead.
The second -half was the proverbial one-way traffic with James and Jones again adding second tries to their tally and others coming from Owen Ruttley, replacement Gareth Gunter, Chris Czekaj and Leon Andrews - who had performed outstandingly as a line-kicker and insertive attacker all afternoon.
Eighteen-year-old fly half Gareth Williams-Davies had shown several neat touches as the replacement fly-half in the final quarter and he also kicked two conversions.