Mounts Bay
Mounts Bay 9 v 8 Cardiff
18 August 2007 - Mennaye Field, Penzance

Match Report

Mounts Bay 9 Cardiff 8

The Blue & Blacks scored the only try of the game but were piped by a hat-trick of penalty goals from an old Arms Park favourite in a tight pre-season friendly at Mennaye Fields.

A decade ago Lee Jarvis was amassing an incredible 1167 points in only 88 matches for Cardiff. It was a period of many golden moments for both the precocious fly-half and the club, notably with his virtuoso appearance off the replacements' bench to kick two howitzer penalty goals to win a pulsating Heineken Cup quarter-final against Bath and also an 18-point contribution to Cardiff's last Welsh Cup Final win in 1997.

These days he's equally deadly in the depths of Cornwall where he is spearheading the remarkable advance of Mounts Bay up the English league structure. With a fussy referee awarding no shortage of penalties against Cardiff (14-6 at a conservative estimate) Jarvis needed no second invitation to keep the Bay ahead of their visitors.In the first half an early three-pointer by Jarvis was cancelled out by one from Gareth Davies and the scores remained level at half-time. Jarvis struck again after the interval to regain the lead but the Blue & Blacks looked to have snatched victory with a 73rd minute try by Roger Davies after good work by Chris Stamatakis and Adam Powell.But it was not to be.

Another infringement, tinged with a certain inevitability, penalised the Blue & Blacks in the third minute of injury time and over went Jarvis' third kick. A narrow defeat but a warm welcome from the great rugby community of Cornwall meant the day and the weekend were far from over for the Cardiff team, officials and travelling supporters.