Dinas Powys
Dinas Powys 5 v 78 Cardiff
03 September 2007 - The Common, Dinas Powys

Match Report

Dinas Powis 5 Cardiff 78

The Blue & Blacks received a warm welcome at the Common when a good crowd turned up to celebrate the feature match of Dinas Powys’ 125th season.

Cardiff fielded a mixture of established and academy players. Their starting line-up was: Andrew Hutchings; James Egan, Forbes Edwards, Richard Thomas, Elgan Jones; Scott Sneddon, Owen Ruttley; Nathan Trevett, Ryan Price, Luke Hunter, Joshua Porter, Chris Stamatakis, Gavin Lucas (capt), Dan McShane, Dan Franks

The visitors had overwhelming territorial advantage on the sloping pitch with Gavin Lucas, Chris Stamatakis and Dan McShane excelling as ball carriers and the entire pack working together to give plenty of possession to celebrating centurion Owen Ruttley. 

They led 38-0 at the interval through tries by Elgan Jones (2), Gavin Lucas, Dan McShane, Chris Stamatakis and Richard Thomas with Scott Sneddon converting four, three of them from the touchline.

It was all change in the second half with a chance for the youngsters to go through their paces.  By the time the game ended Cardiff had completely reorganised their line-up as follows: Doug McNicholl; Jon Walder, Nathan Rees, Harry Allen, Chris Thomas; Philip Williams, Rhys Dyer; Tom Price, Aaron Fowler (capt), Grant Davidson, Joshua Porter, James Down, Nick Hampson, Jevon Groves, Sean Jenkins.

To the delight of the crowd the Villagers had the better of the third quarter and were rewarded with a fine try by replacement T Poole. Stung into action, the young Blue & Blacks responded with tries from Chris Thomas (2) and James Egan, all converted by Philip Williams.

In a hectic finish Nathan Rees, an impressive newcomer from Ystrad Rhondda, claimed a hat-trick of tries inside four minutes with Williams twice adding the extras.

All in all it was an enjoyable occasion with the sympathetic refereeing of Gareth Simmonds contributing to an action-packed game.