Penarth blown away

Penarth 6 Cardiff 62
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MIGHTY Cardiff have been playing Penarth since 1886 - but the Seasiders, who have always been in the business of taking part rather than winning, in the old Olympian and Corinthian spirit, have not been without their triumphs. This includes the occasional giant-killing, led by the likes of Slogger Templeman, against the Barbarians - who at one time made Penarth their spiritual home. Alas, times have changed and Penarth are now third in the Third Division and these days find glamour games few and far between.

Cardiff, mindful of the cup defeat by St Peter's three years ago, were in no mood to repeat such an indignity, and imposed their will and superior skills early on.

Cardiff wanted first-half points, but Penarth were content to hold tight, as they had chosen to play into the cold and high wind. It took Cardiff five minutes to take the lead with a penalty by Adrian Davies. Although Penarth produced a strong period of forceful play, which for a while had Cardiff on the back foot, the force of the wind soon saw the game being played in the Penarth 22 and, before long Mike Hall was scoring the opening try, setting Cardiff on course. Hall followed this up with another score, and further tries from Hugh Bevan and Steve Ford and a Jonathan Davies conversion soon put Cardiff in the comfort zone.

However, Craig Miller, playing against his old club, kicked a penalty for Penarth, and good running by the centre Dave Paris and the wingers Roger Phillips and Chris Howells, as well as brave work from scrum-half Darren Gibbon, saw that Cardiff did not have it all their own way.

With the wind behind them in the second half, it was Penarth's turn to hoist sail and besiege the Cardiff line, where pressure brought a Craig Miller penalty. But Cardiff's strength and firepower soon doused Penarth's fire, and after a hard-running try by Simon Hill it was almost all over. Further tries by Hill, Adrian Davies, Keith Stewart, Mike Rayer and Ford, and a final conversion by Davies saw Cardiff win overwhelmingly.

Penarth: Pens Miller 2. Cardiff: Tries Hill 3, Ford 2, Hall 2, Bevan, A Davies, Rayer, Stewart. Cons A Davies, J Davies. Pens A Davies.

Penarth: A Rosser; R Phillips, C Miller, D Paris, C Howells; C Lakin, D Gibbon; G Swaine, T Henson, A Pyman, M Parry, M Edwards (capt), N Baxter, J Allen, D Williams.

Cardiff: M Rayer; S Ford, M Hall, J Davies, S Hill; A Davies, A Moore; M Griffiths, H Bevan, L Mustoe, J Wakeford, D Jones, E Lewis, H Taylor (capt), V Davies.

Referee: D Bevan (WRU).

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