2013 Club Friendlies
Cardiff 68 v 5 Cardiff Meds
11 January 2014 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Cardiff Medicals

Match Report

Cardiff 68 Cardiff Medicals 5

Cardiff got back to winning ways at a sun kissed Arms Park on Saturday as they ran in ten tries against Cardiff Medicals.

As with last week’s game the Blue & Blacks started really quickly. Lewis Smout was at the back of a rolling maul in the first couple of minutes to plunge over. Jack Maynard, who had his kicking boots on, converted as he did with all but one of the tries.

With three minutes the lead was double. Turnover ball on the halfway line was moved quickly wide and when Mike Stephens spotted a gap he raced through to score un-opposed. The pack was completely dominating the Meds, and when a penalty was kicked to the corner the inevitable try by the forwards looked on the cards. But it was scrum half Garyn Lucas that shot over after the big boys had done all the hard work. And before halftime Cardiff had another try in the account. Again the forwards had set up the position and from five metres out a simple pop pass to Darren Ryan, captain for the day, allowed the centre to crash over. The Medicals did get themselves on the scoreboard just before the break, centre Steffan Morgan crossing after breaking through the home sides defence.

The second half saw Cardiff move up another gear as the Meds tired. Rhys James was first to cross the line as the Meds defence got itself in a muddle. James the beneficiary fro a few metre out. Replacement wing Tom O’Flaherty then showed his pace as another turnover deep in the Blue & Black half was used to great effect. Maynard and Brett Chatwin combining to give the wing a sniff from the halfway line. With cover tackles coming across he outpaced the first then showed great balance to go between the second and third to score a great individual try.

Not to be outdone his opposite winger James Loxton got himself on the score sheet. Ryan this time the creator as his pop pass allowed Loxton to coast past the last defender. Maynard hit the post with the conversion. Dan Partridge scored his weekly try, celebrating as only he knows. The big second row running in from twenty-five metres as he did last week. O’Flaherty got his second, this time from outside half as he ran a loop with Maynard. James Sheekey finished off the scoring with the last play of the game to give the Blue & Blacks a satisfying win.

Next up is the tougher assignment against Glamorgan Wanderers on Wednesday (19:45)