Cardiff RFC Season Review 2013 - 2014

 

 

 

Played: 33

Won: 18

Lost: 15

Drawn: 0

Points For: 898

Points Against: 668

League Finish: 7th

The 2013 – 14 season was a season of ups and downs. A new pitch, changes in the coaching, no league or cup fixtures in January, a good league start followed by a string of defeats that eventually saw the Blue & Blacks finish 7th.

The season started with a sevens competition on the carpet at the Arms Park in the sunshine was followed by a trip West to Fishguard. The locals provided everything, except the weather as a large friendly and appreciative crowd turned up by the sea in the pouring rain to watch the visitors run in nine tries. The following week a trip to Esher proved too much for the team as again the weather played a part as sweeping rain blew into the away side’s faces as they went down 24-10

The final friendly saw Bargoed visit the Arms Park. This time the Blue & Blacks got it right as five tries from the backs saw off a spirited challenge from the visitors. The new format of the British & Irish cup meant the Cardiff had to travel to Sardis Rd to qualify for the group stages to and the right to represent the Blues Region. After a fantastic start the visitors were 13-0 up, Paulo Uhi and Cieron Thomas getting the points. Pontypridd though roared back and it was only in the closing minutes that they eventually got a grip on the game to close it out 22-19.

The first Premiership game was moved to a Sunday for television. Again awful weather greeting the team at Church Bank. Some bizarre decisions on the day cost Cardiff as a penalty try for the first offence was awarded to the home side and two players carded for what seemed to be minor offences when the home side were allowed to get away with a lot worse. Cardiff ending up with a loosing bonus point when they deserved a lot more.

The first of three away wins was to follow at Bridge filed when Cardiff took Bedwas apart. Luke Ford and James Loxton scoring to add to Ceiron Thomas’ 14 points. A long wait for a win at Talbot Athletic Ground in the Premiership was ended the following week as Dan Fish scored a hat-trick in a bonus point 29-17 win. A week later and a few miles up the road Cardiff recorded the third victory in a row over Neath, Fish again on the scoreboard. But it was Jack Maynard who won the day as he slotted two penalties, two conversions and a drop goal to give the Blue & Blacks a two point win.

Those away wins were followed by three home games. The old enemy – Newport – were taken destroyed by Fish and Tom Williams as Cardiff scored five tries in a bonus point 32-17 win. Swansea, who were eventually relegated conceded six tries the following week before the winning run was halted by Carmarthen as they won 22-7 at the Arms Park.  A friendly against Heol-Y-Cyw to fill a B&I gap weekend was duly won and Aberavon were defeated at the Arms Park the following week, but only just. Jack Phillips try the only one in a scrappy game.

The Cross Keys defeat the following Friday was marred at the end of the game by a fight that saw Callum Lewis badly injured to the extent that he didn’t play for the rest of the year. Llanelli ran riot in the next game as they scored 43 points in an entertaining game that saw Cardiff rack up 24 of their own. The following Saturday and the Rodney Parade Premiership voodoo was laid to rest, Ethan Lewis, Will Thomas and Luke Hamilton on the score sheet.

The Christmas period was non-productive on the points front as defeats away at Carmarthen and Pontypridd saw Cardiff sit in 6th as they had been at the start of the month. January was a non-competitive month as far as fixtures. The B&I cup took up most weekends and the SWALEC cup draw gave Cardiff a bye so a series of friendlies were arranged. Cardiff lost to Bridgend Ath. Before defeating Cardiff Meds. Glamorgan Wanderers, St Peters and Llandaff to keep the squad fit a ready for the next round of Premiership games.

The next game was a defeat at the Brewery field were Cardiff played as if they had just met. The Ravens were fighting to stay out of the Premiership relegation battle and were by far the better side. In the cup Cardiff had a home draw against Newbridge and saw off the Gwent side with three forward orientated tries, Miles Normandale and Sam Feehan (2) the scorers. That was though to be Martyn Fowler’s last game in charge as he and Mark Ring left the coaching set up. Simon King being appointed as his replacement.

Against Neath in Simon’s first game another bizarre refereeing decision cost the home side. Having dominated the scrum all game the final minute saw Cardiff gain the put in five metres out. Trailing by four points a try would have seen them home, and as it turned out Neath relegated. But for some reason the referee decided that after 5 penalties at the scrum and two yellow cards for the two Neath props a penalty try was not to be given and Neath held on.

The following week at St Helens Cardiff conceded a penalty try this time at the first ask. Consistency is all that we ask of our officials. Cardiff went on to win the game but not before fantastic defence has seen of the Whites for 10 minutes at the end as the the Blue & Blacks held on to a four point advantage.

The Ravens were made to pay for the early defeat at the Arms Park before a double header with the Keys. The first a defeat at Pandy Park in the league before a cup exit the following week at the Arms Park left Cardiff with only pride to play for. Llandovery, Llanelli and Pontypridd all came to the Arms Aprk in the following weeks and inflicted heavy defeats on the Blue & Black. Pride though was restored in the final game with nothing resting on it both sides threw the ball about as the home side defeated Bedwas 46-23 crowd favourite Shaun Powell grabbing a brace.

Eight Club  caps will be awarded at the Club Dinner in July, these go to Sam Feehan, James Loxton, Mike Stephens, Jack Maynard, Luke Hamilton, Nick White, Ryan Harford and Miles Normandale

 

TOTAL

 

 

START

 

 

REP

 

 

28

 

 

 

SMOUT

 

 

LEWIS

 

 

21

 

 

7

 

 

26

 

 

 

FOWLER

 

 

AARON

 

 

16

 

 

10

 

 

24

 

 

 

LOXTON

 

 

JAMES

 

 

21

 

 

3

 

 

23

 

 

 

MAYNARD

 

 

JACK

 

 

10

 

 

13

 

 

22

 

 

 

MURPHY

 

 

JAMES

 

 

20

 

 

2

 

 

22

 

 

 

HARFORD

 

 

RYAN

 

 

18

 

 

4

 

 

22

 

 

 

WHITE

 

 

NICK

 

 

10

 

 

12

 

 

21

 

 

 

SLATER

 

 

TOM

 

 

19

 

 

2

 

 

21

 

 

 

STEPHENS

 

 

MIKE

 

 

17

 

 

4

 

 

20

 

 

 

FEEHAN

 

 

SAM

 

 

10

 

 

10

 

 

19

 

 

 

EDWARDS

 

 

JOHNATHAN

 

 

17

 

 

2

 

 

18

 

 

 

LEWIS

 

 

ETHAN

 

 

9

 

 

9

 

 

18

 

 

 

LUCAS

 

 

GARYN

 

 

7

 

 

11

 

 

17

 

 

 

NORMANDALE

 

 

MILES

 

 

16

 

 

1

 

 

16

 

 

 

PASCOE

 

 

TOM

 

 

15

 

 

1

 

 

16

 

 

 

POWELL

 

 

SHAUN

 

 

13

 

 

3

 

 

16

 

 

 

THOMAS

 

 

CEIRON

 

 

13

 

 

3

 

 

15

 

 

 

HAMILTON

 

 

LUKE

 

 

13

 

 

2

 

 

14

 

 

 

FORD

 

 

LUKE

 

 

12

 

 

2

 

 

12

 

 

 

GRIFFIN

 

 

JOE

 

 

11

 

 

1

 

 

12

 

 

 

ROACH

 

 

BEN

 

 

7

 

 

5

 

 

12

 

 

 

JAMES

 

 

RHYS

 

 

3

 

 

9

 

 

11

 

 

 

LEE

 

 

ALWYN

 

 

8

 

 

3

 

 

10

 

 

 

RYAN

 

 

DARREN

 

 

5

 

 

5

 

 

10

 

 

 

ELLIOT

 

 

LLOYD

 

 

4

 

 

6

 

 

10

 

 

 

CRUMP

 

 

LEON

 

 

3

 

 

7

 

 

9

 

 

 

JENKINS

 

 

ELLIS

 

 

7

 

 

2

 

 

9

 

 

 

PARTRIDGE

 

 

DAN

 

 

3

 

 

6

 

 

9

 

 

 

REES

 

 

ALUN

 

 

3

 

 

6

 

 

8

 

 

 

SHEEKEY

 

 

JAMES

 

 

5

 

 

3

 

 

7

 

 

 

DAVIES

 

 

THOMAS

 

 

4

 

 

3

 

 

7

 

 

 

LEWIS

 

 

CALLUM

 

 

3

 

 

4

 

 

7

 

 

 

RINGER

 

 

JAMIE

 

 

3

 

 

4

 

 

6

 

 

 

FISH

 

 

DAN

 

 

6

 

 

6

 

 

 

GUNTER

 

 

DEAN

 

 

6

 

 

6

 

 

 

PHILLIPS

 

 

JACK

 

 

6

 

 

6

 

 

 

WILLIAMS

 

 

TOM

 

 

6

 

 

6

 

 

 

LODGE

 

 

CRAIG

 

 

5

 

 

1

 

 

6

 

 

 

UHI

 

 

SAIPOLU

 

 

5

 

 

1

 

 

6

 

 

 

THOMAS

 

 

WILL

 

 

4

 

 

2

 

 

5

 

 

 

SMITH

 

 

RICHARD

 

 

5

 

 

5

 

 

 

WATTS-JONES

 

 

RORY

 

 

5

 

 

5

 

 

 

LEE

 

 

GEORGE

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

4

 

 

 

DOWN

 

 

JAMES

 

 

4

 

 

4

 

 

 

REES-HOLE

 

 

WILLIAM

 

 

4

 

 

4

 

 

 

SMYTH

 

 

OLLIE

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

 

PHILLIPS

 

 

IWAN

 

 

3

 

 

3

 

 

 

MARLEY

 

 

MATTHEW

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

3

 

 

 

BAIRD

 

 

WILL

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

 

WALKER

 

 

ALEX

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

3

 

 

 

WHITTINGHAM

 

 

JAMES

 

 

3

 

 

2

 

 

 

COOK

 

 

MACAULEY

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

 

 

LEE

 

 

RYAN

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

 

 

CHATWIN

 

 

BRETT

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

 

 

ELLIOT

 

 

AARON

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

 

 

JONES

 

 

STEFFAN

 

 

2

 

 

1

 

 

 

ALLEN

 

 

CORY

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

CRACKNELL

 

 

OLLIE

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

HEWITT

 

 

DAFYDD

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

BOURRUST

 

 

BENOIT

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

JONES

 

 

JOE

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

LEWIS

 

 

ROB

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

O'FLAHERTY

 

 

TOM

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

PHILLIPS

 

 

BRYN

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

REES

 

 

ALED

 

 

1

 

 

1

 

 

 

WALTERS

 

 

GARETH

 

 

1

 

 

 

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