Falmouth 8 v 80 Cardiff
16 August 2008 - Falmouth

Match Report

Falmouth 8 Cardiff 80

The Blue & Blacks kicked off their pre-season campaign in spectacular fashion with a 12-try extravaganza at the Recreation Ground.

Ten players shared the tries as the side overcame wet and windy conditions to overpower their Cornish hosts.

Wingers Jamie Murphy and Ryan Howells each touched down twice to underline Cardiff's superior pace out wide but the creative work was done by the impressive midfield duo of Shaun James and Gareth Chapman.

The start had been more mundane with the first two tries coming from forward power and the pushovers credited to front-rowers Ian George and Garry Horrigan.

Equally significant was the contribution of debutant lock Matthew Veater who, at 32-years-young, provided invaluable streetwise experience to such a youthful outfit. In all, Cardiff fielded a dozen of their summer signings, including Craig Morgan and Lee Jarvis returning to the Arms Park fold.

The Blue & Blacks scored six tries in each half with the cheekiest coming from Rhys Shellard who crossed without a hand being laid on him after a well-rehearsed pirouette and dummy by Adam Powell.

Cardiff had led 38-8 at the interval with the home side celebrating a try by Tom Hardy and a penalty goal from Jack Brown. But all bets were off in the second half as it was a tale of one-way traffic.

Beforehand, Falmouth chairman Arthur Williams had said, “We will be up against it. Cardiff are a huge club and it is a privilege for a club such as ours to entertainment.” Cardiff, led by Owen Ruttley, returned the compliment, entertaining the home crowd and travelling supporters with their try-fest.