2004/2005 WRU National League
Cardiff 44 v 26 Quins
04 May 2005 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Carmarthen Quins

Match Report

Cardiff 44 Carmarthen Quins 26

The Blue & Blacks made it sevens wins in eight starts as their strong end to the season was completed in great style. Another very supportive Arms Park crowd were treated to six excellent tries at regular intervals as Cardiff completed a Premier Division double over a Quins side that is always difficult to beat. Not even the concession of a soft early try to veteran international lock Paul Arnold could disconcert the Blue & Blacks.

Within a minute of the restart they had served up a classic counter-attacking try that has become the team’s trademark in recent weeks. Excellent harrying but the outstanding Nick Hampson forced a Quins mistake and from halfway Leon Andrews and Nick Gill opened up the defence for Elgan Jones to loop beautifully to take the scoring pass. If the Blue & Blacks’ second try was the result of a no frills driving maul, his next was one for the connoisseur as Richard Jones, again in impressive form, cut through and found Price on his elbow for the hooker to charge 20 metres to the line. Cardiff were worth every point of their 25-5 interval lead.

They had already passed the 100-try mark in Premier Division fixtures for the season and when Gill scored another try early in the second half after another marvellous counter-attack by Andrews, Shaun James and Richard Jones it looked as if the floodgates would open. The Quins kept pegging away seizing on a loose ball for Anthony Rees to touch down against the run of play. Lovely close passing set up the fifth try of the night for Richard Jones but again the visitors showed surprising resilience.

Craig Evans had already converted Rees’ try and when he added the extras to further tries by Andy Jones and Euros Evans the gap was suddenly reduced to nine points. But with the last move of the game great work but Mark Lewis on as a replacement and reminding everyone that he was an underused resource at the Arms Park this season released Michael Leaman for the last try to which points machine Chris Anderson appropriately added the conversion.

The reception given to the Cardiff team at the end reflected the growing support for a squad that has clearly developed a sense of togetherness and is a credit to the work of Mike Rayer and Howard Stone and the captaincy of Owen Ruttley.

Official : Phil Fear (Wales)

Cardiff Quins