2008/2009 Principality Premiership
Bedwas 0 v 43 Cardiff
27 December 2008 - Bridge Field, Bedwas

Match Report

Bedwas 0 Cardiff 43

Six tries and a winning bonus point provided a timely Christmas present for the Blue & Blacks. That five of the tries and 35 points came in the final 20 minutes goes a long way towards telling the story of this game.

Bedwas were seemingly out on their feet in that final quarter and yet they had fully tested Cardiff for much of the first hour. With the stiff breeze at their backs they had played nearly all the first half in the visitors' territory. Yet they never really looked like scoring a try and the nearest they came to registering points was through the boot of Adam Hughes who missed with thwo long-range penalty goals.

Throughout the half Cardiff's pack had gone well but there was again a lack of subtlety about their back play. Charging through the number 12 channel was the preferred option but, ironically, the best try scoring chance came when Gareth Chapman intercepted on half way only to be hauled down in the shadow on the Bedwas posts.

On the stroke of half-time Gareth Davies slotted a 20-metre penalty goal but there was no time to savour the interval lead because of the unwelcome sight of Matthew Veater being stretchered off with damaged knee ligaments.

The arrival of Lee Jarvis early in the second half changed the complexion of the game. Using his undoubted kicking skills to full effect he pinned the home side back in their own half, forcing them to try to run the ball back. Yet it was not until the 54th minute that the ever alert Rhys Shellard charged down a clearance kick and claimed the first try.

On the hour a move off the the training ground worked to perfection as Jarvis and Darren Ryan looped in midfield from lineout ball and Chris Czekaj had a clear run in for the try. Three minutes later Jarvis timed a clever short pass for Rhys Williams to burst onto for the third try.

Cardiff were now in search of the elusive fourth try and winning bonus point. They eventually got both in the 73rd minute as Craig Everett blocked another clearance from a five-metre scrum. The flood gates had now opened and Williams (from a 70-metre turnover) and Damian Welch (at the end of a sweeping attack along both flanks) quickly added tries number five and six.


Official : Jonathan Mason (Wales)

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