Fishguard and Goodwick
2013 Club Friendlies
Fishg./Goodw. 0 v 61 Cardiff
17 August 2013 - Phoenix Park, Goodwick

Match Report

Fishguard & Goodwick 0 - Cardiff 61

Cardiff made a winning start to the pre-season games scoring nine tries at Phoenix Park. Cardiff arrived at the ground to find the rain sweeping across the ground and chose to play with the strong breeze. It took 5 minutes for the Blue & Blacks to register their first try, Tom Slater, on his return to the club scuttled over from short range. Ceiron Thomas adding the conversion.

James Murphy looked as if he had been to the home side’s training sessions as he seemed to know all the lineout calls, stealing several home lines that gave Cardiff good field position. The next try came from one of those lineout steals and was followed great interplay between backs and forwards. The front row found themselves on the wing and slick hands from Aaron Folwer and Ryan Harford kept the ball alive before Thomas found a hole and cruised in under the sticks. He added the extras and was on target when Aaron Fowler crossed for the visitors third. The forth was an exhibition of strong running as new wing Polu Uhi powered his way through several tackles to score the forth. Another returnee, Luke Ford added the fifth before half time, Thomas on target with all three kicks to give the Blue & Blacks a 35-0 advantage.

The second half was more of the same from Cardiff as most of the side was changed. Fishguard, as they had done all through the game, never gave them an inch and tackled as if their lives depended on it. Darren Ryan was causing the home defence problems as he took the ball up the middle creating space, and with Eliis Jenkins ability to snap up any loose ball Cardiff had a string of good ball to use. The conditions though meant that keeping hold of the ball was always going to be difficult. The sixth try came from a break in mid-field, Ben Roach as ever was on the shoulder to finish it off. Jack Maynard added the conversion, and it was his break that lead to James Sheeky scoring try seven, again Maynard was on target. The eighth try was another for powerful winger Uhi before Steffan Jones round things off when he was put in space in his own half. He sped past his opposite number and used his pace to rocket under the posts. Maynard added the final kick before a warm shower and a warm welcome at the clubhouse rounded off a good awayday.