Dunvant

k.o. time: 5:30 pm

6 May, 2000

Broadacre

Spectators: 1,500

Cardiff
referee
Nigel Williams
weather
Warm & Sunny
worth annoying the wife factor
2
/10
our man of the match
Damien Geraghty
scorers
Emyr Lewis (1)
Ryan Powell (1)
Simon Hill (1)
Craig Morgan (2)
Neil Jenkins (4)
Neil Jenkins (1)
our choice for next week

vs Scarlets

k.o. time: 7:15 pm

10 May, 2000

Cardiff Arms Park

15
Gethin Rhys Williams
14
Nick Walne
13
Gareth Thomas
12
Mike Rayer
11
Craig Morgan
10
Paul Burke
9
Ryan Powell
8
Emyr Lewis
7
Martyn Williams
6
Steve Williams
5
John Tait
4
Martin Morgan
3
Gary Powell
2
Jon Humphreys
1
Andrew Lewis

A meaningless game endured by both players and spectators alike - both would have preferred to be preparing for the Heineken Cup Semi Final the next day. In the first half the selected bunch of players - only four started from the cricketers who entertained Dunvant in March - took the field showing their disinterest and their poor performance allowed Dunvant a platform.

The forwards were off the pace - as usual - and unable to compete with the teamwork and energy of the Dunvant pack. Eight individuals cannot compete against a combined force when having to defend and we saw Dunvant forwards with concerted and well organized attacks peppering the Cardiff line. Only because of a last ditch tackle or a Dunvant mistake was a try prevented.

Again the story continues of the brilliance of Cardiff 's backs winning games. A ball from the top of the lineout allowed Jenkins to loop around Rayer and set up Rhys Williams at pace. Once he broke the line a simple pass to Hill and then to Morgan allowed an easy try. A class try without a tackle made by a Dunvant player (pretty much like the home game then), considering it is rare to score tries from first phase ball.

Then later, to be fair to Jenkins, a nice chip over the top of the flat defence was gathered by the rampaging Rayer and his slipped pass to Morgan made it two tries for the winger. Cardiff had hung on to the coat tails of Dunvant at half time because of the skill and pace of the backs. A familiar story.

Shortly after the break Humph and Tait were introduced to shore up the forward play. Once more, bewildering substitute decisions by Howells - in what is becoming a trade mark of the man - resulted in the Mad Kiwi - the ever present Geraghty - being removed after a storming performance in the first half. He alone halted numerous Dunvant attacks with tackles resulting in frequent knock-ons. It was so obvious that he should have been moved to the back row at the expense of the disinterest Owain Williams. Again, a familiar story.

With the international presence of the two replacement forwards and the sin-binning of the Dunvant prop, Cardiff were slowly able to get on top. The prima donna kicked his goals, and with John Wayne now on the field the pace of Cardiff was too much. Powell and Lewis were able to sneak tries to give Cardiff a comfortable victory but the standard and cohesion of the play of the forwards is alarming poor. And to think that Peter Thomas was a hooker, surely he can see how the standard of our forward play has dropped since Charlie's influence disappeared.

With Howell's vow that Cardiff will not lose any more games this season, a far better performance will be required during the next two games. Whilst Llanelli may well field a shadow XV, the Mighty Whites will come needing a victory. The Welsh forwards coach had better get coaching his forwards otherwise Swansea will repeat their victory of December 1997.

15
Gethin Rhys Williams
7
/10
Despite turning an ankle early on, his pace and class were too much for Dunvant.
14
Simon Hill
7
/10
Busy and always looking for the ball, now he just lacks that little bit of pace.
13
Jamie Robinson
6
/10
Your pass is not getting any better! You've got the pace, you've got the defence, just get that pass right!!
12
Mike Rayer
6
/10
A little subdued.
11
Craig Morgan
8
/10
Took his simple tries well. His pace and skill frightened Dunvant to death.
10
Neil Jenkins
6
/10
Kicked his kicks (sometimes).
9
Ryan Powell
7
/10
Always looking to put pace on the ball, he insists on passing it in front of Jinx to make him move on to the ball. Keep this up!!!
8
Emyr Lewis
7
/10
Sometimes interested, sometimes not.
7
Martyn Williams
7
/10
Floated in and out of the game just as did his number 8 .
6
Owain Williams
5
/10
More out of the game than in it. Bit of a floater, really.
5
Martin Morgan
8
/10
Keen and interested in the game. He was hungry for ball and took his lines out well. Now needs to work on his scrummaging and handling skills.
4
Steve Moore
6
/10
Another playing at 75%
3
Gary Powell
7
/10
Excellent around the field and always looking to make tackles.
2
Damien Geraghty
8
/10
A fantastic performance of insane madness. Killing the ball, killing players, Geraghty is now rivaling Don Boat for the Team Psycho award. He was unfortunate to be brought off and should have moved to flanker with the arrival of Humph.
1
Spencer John
5
/10
lets hope that ALP stays.