Selkirk 5 v 36 Cardiff
18 August 2006 - Philiphaugh Stadium, Selkirk

Match Report

Selkirk 5 Cardiff 36

The Blue & Blacks made the perfect start to their pre-season programme with a six-try show in difficult conditions in Selkirk

Torrential rain throughout the day and into the first half failed to deter Mike Leaman's side as superior fitness and ball-handling skills proved crucial in the latter stages.New wing Josh Freeman set the ball rolling with two tries in the first period and Cardiff could feel well pleased with their 10-point interval lead.

The third quarter turned out to be a war of attrition until there was a glorious try-fest with four touchdowns in as many minutes. Powerful newcomer Daniel Gravell scored twice and Richard Davies and Nick Gill also got on the score-sheet.Davies' midfield partnership with Richard Jones and another debutant,

Craig Evans,was particularly encouraging with the latter also contributing three conversions.Also showing up well was Aussie No 8 Tom Games, one of  ten newcomers to the Blue & Blacks squad at this early stage, with the numbers likely to be reduced before the Principality Premiershipgets underway in a fortnight's time.Lee Jones scored a consolation try for the hosts with the last move of the match. 

*All replacements were used in the second half but on a 'rolling' on-off arrangement. Times are approximate and refer to the first changes before individuals came and went during the latter stages. Our thanks to Ian Tabor and Alan Gilbert for keeping us up to date with the match stats. The timing of scorers is exact