Caerphilly

k.o. time: 2:30 pm

9 October, 1999

Virginia Park

Spectators: 400

Cardiff
referee
Paul Adams
weather
Grim
worth annoying the wife factor
2
/10
our man of the match
Paul Burke
scorers
Paul Burke (1)
Craig Morgan (1)
Liam Botham (1)
Paul Burke (1)
Paul Burke (5)
our choice for next week

vs Edinburgh

k.o. time: 12:00 am

16 October, 1999

Meadowbank

15
Gethin Rhys Williams
14
Jamie Robinson
13
Grant Esterhuizen
12
Mike Rayer
11
Craig Morgan
10
Paul Burke
9
Kevin Ellis
8
Emyr Lewis
7
Steve Williams
6
Greg Kacala
5
Martin Morgan
4
Steve Moore
3
Gary Powell
2
Damien Geraghty
1
Spencer John

The rags scraped to another victory against a very poor and limited team. Standing at ground level in the drizzle on a murky Sunday afternoon at such a poor ground made us long for Vicarage Road, Loftus Road, Cardiff Arms Park - how far we've sunk in a year!

It seemed as though Cardiff's performance was based on just doing the minimum to win without getting injured or involved in any naughty stuff. In fact the most shocking incident during the whole game was the abuse given by Owain Williams to a Cardiff supporter in the crowd after he was urged to pull his finger out.

This just goes to show the arrogant attitude of the Cardiff players who seem to believe that the fans are unimportant. Unfortunately, this clearly filters through from the board at the club where the old boy network is more important than the real fans. Witness the disdain with which spectators' voices are treated on the official webpage - how often is there a constructive dialogue between fan and club. It's our money that has built the club to what it is now and without supporters there'll be no club in the future.

Peter Thomas would soon pull his money out if Cardiff had crowds of 400 every week and Owain Williams needs to be reprimanded by Robert Norster. But is this a club where fans are respected? Over to you Robert!

The rugby on show was grim and the standard was poor.

Cardiff were disinterested in playing too much rugby, happy just to keep enough points between themselves and Caerphilly. Cardiff's forward power was always going to win out and the backs knew that as long as the Caerphilly inside centre had the ball they would be safe. And to think we were charged to watch this champion pie-eater! Give us a British League or you'll get 400 each week - home or away!

The only positives from the performance from Cardiff was the running of Lewis and Kacala in the loose. Both were used as chargers between the centres and off the outside half to good effect. Caerphilly couldn't cope. But only once did Cardiff take advantage of the pace of Robinson, Rhys Williams and Craig Morgan together and the result was . . . . TRY! This shouldn't come as a shock to the Cardiff management as these three are the future of rugby at Cardiff with their pace and enthusiasm sadly lacking in some other areas of the team.

Another to shine was Gary Powell whose scrummaging was excellent - just as it was at Llanelli. Not only is he strong at the scrum but he handles well in the loose. Each game he becomes more like David Young was in his youth and he will develop to take on Young's mantle in the future.

But still problems remain elsewhere. The recycling of the ball and back row defence is nonexistent, and this was got worse with the arrival of Ringer who made NO tackles below waist level in 20 minutes of rugby.

Canada's early exit from the World Cup will be to Cardiff's benefit. The ability to play at a high enough level for 80 minutes is way beyond this team, as is the ability to concentrate for more than 10 minutes is one spell. Allowing Caerphilly to get back into the game for the last 10 minutes was the performance of a bunch of amateurs.

Hopefully the return of the World Cup stars will bring with them a more professional attitude and a discipline and team spirit sadly lacking at the moment.

15
Gethin Rhys Williams
6
/10
the horrendous surface certainly slowed down his pace and therefore his counter attacking possibilities. Still needs more work on his positional play but tackles well.
14
Liam Botham
6
/10
missed some tackles but generally had little to do but run in his try.
13
Jamie Robinson
4
/10
generally poor and off the pace. A competent performance in defence, he had little time in a crowded midfield.
12
Mike Rayer
6
/10
tried to create space in midfield but failed against the offside defence. Defended well but should have kicked more ball for Craig Morgan to chase.
11
Craig Morgan
7
/10
attacked with pace and tenacity and always looked for work. Looked hungry for the ball and always wanted to run. Defence was excellent.
10
Paul Burke
8
/10
tackled like a demon and controlled the game very well. But for one interception try and two poor kicks he would have been faultless.
9
Ryan Powell
6
/10
a very competent full debut. Excellent distribution to speed up his backs. Unfortunately, never helped out his back row in defence which is what Cardiff needs right now.
8
Emyr Lewis
6
/10
wholehearted offensive performance with some strong runs, especially Dallaglio-style in between the centres. Needs to work harder in defence.
7
Owain Williams
1
/10
(deserves zero rating) - made some good links but scores so badly because of the Uboguesque-sign and mouthing of "F**k O*f" he made to a Cardiff supporter who told him to try harder in defence. Should be fined heavily and banned for five games.
6
Greg Kacala
6
/10
forming a very useful offensive partnership with Emyr Lewis but needs to work harder on his defence from the blind side of rucks. However, he is the only back row player tackling.
5
Brett Barrett
5
/10
some good runs in attack and steady tackling - but scrummaging is poor.
4
Steve Williams
6
/10
excellent link play and proving to be a good front line jumper.
3
Gary Powell
7
/10
excellent scrummaging and very noticeable with ball in hand - the new Dai Young?
2
Phil John
1
/10
absolute crap. What are we doing with this punch-drunk, over-the-hill has-been? Can't we find a younger hooker? Where is the future in this failed Exeter hooker? Where is Paul Young?
1
Spencer John
6
/10
good scrummaging but little ball carrying and little effort.