Cardiff 52 v 11 Beddau
28 November 2008 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 52 Beddau 11

Eight tries suggested a useful workout for ring rusty Cardiff in the Friday night friendly at the Arms Park. Beddau entered into the spirit of the occasion and did particularly well with several breakouts in the second half and were rewarded by the final try of the night as their replacement centre dashed over near the corner.

But the Blue & Blacks were in control after Richard Jones burst through for the opening try in the sixth minute. Inside the next 10 minutes Garyn Lucas at the posts and James Down squeezing inside the corner flag followed suit and with Lee Jarvis in his one-hundredth game for the club converting all three a trouncing looked on the cards.

Gareth Chapman and Roger Davies got in on the act when using their superior pace for two more unconverted touchdowns in the 29th and 36th minutes.

Beddau, though, were made of stern stuff and a brace of execellent penalty goals from full-back Steve Robinson curtailed the score at 31-6 at the interval.

Despite the excellent example set by skipper Rhys Shellard, Cardiff were too sloppy with their ball retention in the second half, their only further tries coming from Craig Everett, debutant Darren Lynch (from Merthyr) and Roger Davies, all converted by Gareth Davies.

One worrying feature was the number of injuries on both sides. Jake Thomas was stretchered off with knee ligament damage as early as the 20th minute and James Down also missed the second half after taking a knock.