With the old players society of Newport and Cardiff watching on Cardiff ran in six tries at a sunlit Arms Park and recorded a record score in the Premiership against their oldest rivals.
The opening exchanges belonged to the home side with the Black and Ambers blind-side especially a great source of ball the back –row were able to gain ground. It was no surprise when Dan Godfrey went over down that side from short range following excellent work by the pack. Newport replied with two Bowen penalties, but Cardiff’s lead was restored in a sweeping move that saw the ball zipped through several pairs of hands to create space, the pack did their bit and it was let to Richard Smith to round off a great team try, crossing un-opposed. Scott Sneddon added the extras to give the home side a 15-6 half time advantage.
The second half started with a bang. Bowen crept Newport closer with another penalty before Smith got his second. Pressure from the kick-off had the visitors in trouble and when a loose ball was hacked through into the twenty-two, the defence went missing. Shaun Powell scooped up the ball and handed on to Smith to score, Sneddon again converted.
Seven minutes later the try of the match gave Cardiff a bonus point. Lloyd Williams, returning after injury, had taken over from Tom Slater who again showed why he has been playing Regional rugby for the last few months. The scrum half caused a shed-load of problems for the Newport defence and when he swept the ball out the back line were waiting to show how an overlap should be used, allowing Matthew John to score in the corner.
Steve Taylor added the fifth, Dan Partridge, who had ruled the lineout and loose all game, stole yet another Newport throw and with quick ball James Loxton entered the line, broke a tackle and floated a long pass to Taylor to finish off.
Six of the best was brought up by the impressive Godfrey who again found the blindside frees, stretching his legs from outside the twenty-two to score and round off an emphatic win for Cardiff that leapfrogs them over Newport in the table. The Black and Ambers only consolation was a last minute try by former Cardiff back row Dan McShane, who must have wished he hadn’t left.