Cardiff

8 April, 2000

Cardiff Arms Park

Spectators: 5,000

Edinburgh
referee
Tony Rowlands
5
/10
A few strange decisions at set pieces but at least he was consistent in his delivery the WRUin inspired script.
weather
Fine and Sunny
worth annoying the wife factor
4
/10
our man of the match
Jon Humphreys
general comment

he standard wasn't great, even if we did see a lot of tries.he standard wasn't great, even if we did see a lot of tries.

scorers
Robert Howley (2)
Simon Hill (2)
Liam Botham (1)
Jamie Robinson (1)
Neil Jenkins (6)
Neil Jenkins (3)
our choice for next week

vs Scarlets

k.o. time: 3:05 pm

15 April, 2000

Stradey Park

15
Gethin Rhys Williams
14
Craig Morgan
13
Gareth Thomas
12
Leigh Davies
11
Nick Walne
10
Paul Burke
9
Robert Howley
8
Emyr Lewis
7
Martyn Williams
6
Dan Baugh
5
John Tait
4
Steve Moore
3
Dai Young
2
Jon Humphreys
1
Andrew Lewis

This was a day that Cardiff were not in the mood and just did enough to see off a spirited and well organized Edinburgh team. Should they be in the same mood next week then we will see another 60 point hammering but then there will be no excuse.

The watching Gareth Jenkins wouldn't have seen anything he didn't know already as he prepares his team for the European game next week. The kinder fan will saw that the players had their minds on next week and were playing not to be injured. Sure enough the energy and effort levels of much of the team matched this theory, but with a size of the squad at his hands why was the VC not encouraging his players to do more? When he should be engendering a sense of competition in the squad - play for your place- it looked like he'd already told everyone who was playing next week.

The four points collected were vital towards winning the Village League and Cardiff must do at least this in order to justify their opinion that a British League is the challenge that is needed. It is wrong, however, to tarnish all with the same brush. The effort of Don Boat, ALP and Captain Fantastic should have been an inspiration to all and these will be the first names on the team sheet for next week. The destructive tackling of Humph and Boat were vital in saving at least three Scottish tries which saved Cardiff the game. But the support around them allowed Edinburgh to score over 30 points when they should not have been allowed no more than 15. ALP was everywhere on the field, supporting like a flanker and doing the general dirty work that the horrendously awful Owain Williams refuses to do.

Whereas the few forwards set examples in grafting, the example of Jinx at outside half was embarrassingly awful. How can he be allowed to play when he was so clearly disinterested in being on the pitch? His distribution was laboured and from second phase ball he constantly stood off not wanting to receive the pass. The game was all about him playing for 80 minutes, making the least effort possible and not being injured for Stradey. Some of his line kicks were unbelievable, close to Gareth Davies standard that made his general performance all the more annoying. He put no pace on the ball which meant that we were treated to a funereal paced game that suited the visitors.

Howley tried to inject pace but when his partner can't be ar@ed - he has no chance. Cardiff had relaxed so much in the sunshine during the second half that Edinburgh were getting back into the game with the margin at only five points at one time. With the game slipping away from him, the VC finally got his substitute policy correct when he took off the terribly lazy Owain Williams and the subdued Botham.

The effect of Rayer's introduction was clear. The game increased in pace and Cardiff now had a leader in the pitch who could make a positive decision. He created space and at last Howley had an outlet even though Rayer was supposed to be playing at full back. Jinx totally slipped out the game and was only used to kick goals, which suited the 5,000 or so present. It says much of the quality of the Village League that a team can play well at the Arms Park, but against a mixture of first choice and second choice Cardiff players they should have been blasted away. Cardiff were poor and still scored over 50 points and with a little more effort it could have been a lot more. Without Gareth Thomas, however, there is no back line penetration and if he is not fit for Stradey, Cardiff will be in big trouble.

15
Gethin Rhys Williams
6
/10
did enough.
14
Liam Botham
6
/10
did little. It was very noticeable how far he was out of position when the Scots winger waltzed in under the posts.
13
Leigh Davies
7
/10
broke the gain line often, but it is clear that he cannot play with Robinson. His inability to tackle Hita will have been noted especially as "Swinging Arm" Finau is next for him.
12
Jamie Robinson
3
/10
can't pass and has no pace. This player can play in fits and bursts but his level of concentration is awful and he seems to think that every game is a schoolboy rump.
11
Simon Hill
7
/10
two fantastic side steps for his tries.
10
Neil Jenkins
2
/10
gets two for his line kicking and the touchline conversion.
9
Robert Howley
8
/10
a sure BET for next week!!!
8
Steve Williams
8
/10
such poor body angles when ball carrying, he showed that he is happier as a second row.
7
Dan Baugh
9
/10
phenomenal performance from the Canuck.
6
Owain Williams
1
/10
must now retire.
5
Mike Voyle
5
/10
did little.
4
Steve Moore
4
/10
did less.
3
Spencer John
5
/10
simply keeping Dai Young's shirt warm.
2
Jon Humphreys
9
/10
only the poor skills of the support players in the line out ruined his day.
1
Andrew Lewis
8
/10
superbly fit and eager to get to the breakdown and make tackles. The complete opposite of Owain Williams.