Coventry 7 v 14 Cardiff
22 August 2008 - Butts Park Arena, Coventry

Match Report

Coventry 7 Cardiff 14

Oh ye of little faith. That is the resounding message from Coventry Rugby's new home at the Butts Park Arena as a crowd of approaching 3,000 turned out for a reworking of one of the best-loved fixtures in the history of both clubs.

The first teams of Cov and the Blue & Blacks didn't disappoint anyone in a no-holds-barred contest.

Cov led 7-0 at half-time and again going into the game's final quarter before Cardiff hit back in great style. The story of the night to that point had been their great defence. Now it was the turn of their attacking intent. First up was turnover ball at a scrum and a well-worked try for replacement centre Jonathan Hill.

Then it was the turn of fly-half Gareth Davies – a namesake from yesteryear that regularly taunted the hosts at their old hunting ground at Coundon Road – to hoist a towering up-and-under into the night sky. Down it came and up it bounced into the grateful arms of Gareth Chapman for the match-winning score. For good measure Leigh Halfpenny converted both scores.

It was quite like old times as the travelling support and the Welsh exiles in the huge crowd enjoyed the rugby and celebrated in the traditional fashion afterwards.