Rugby Union / Swalec Cup semi-finals: Laity lifts Cardiff
Sunday 17 April 1994
Pontypridd. . . . .6
moment that the Welsh fly-half, Neil Jenkins, withdrew on the morning of this match, Pontypridd, in common with many of us, knew that the game was up, as in 29 games this season Jenkins has scored 435 points at an astonishing average of 15 a game.
So it proved, for though the Pontypridd pack showed their mettle by giving the heavier Cardiff forwards a game of considerable ferocity and endeavour, their reserve kicker Crispin Cormack could only manage to kick two penalties out of seven. In the end, it was Cardiff's greater experience and the quality of individuals, particularly Colin Laity, Mike Rayer and Mike Hall in the backs, their front row and the No 8 Owain Williams, which won the day at Newport.
Cardiff have underachieved recently, causing their captain Mike Hall to say 'We owe our supporters something, after losing to St Peters last year.' They are now through to an archetypal east-west final on 7 May.
Cardiff lost both their props after cuts on the head in the first 12 minutes with Phil Sedgemore acting as temporary replacement, as the game developed into a battle royal between two packs who asked and gave no quarter.
Early on, there was more than the suggestion that Pontypridd were the more aggressive force but nevertheless Cardiff, due to the kicking of Adrian Davies and Rayer, still managed to play much of the rugby in Pontypridd's half. But it was Pontypridd who took the lead with a penalty goal by Cormack for elbowing at the line-out and the contest continued its ferocious way with a number of stoppages for injury.
Although Cardiff began to claw back more line-out possession, it was Pontypridd who advanced their lead with another penalty by Cormack, which made it 6-0 at half-time with Pontypridd benefiting from a penalty count of 12-5 in their favour. The second half continued as a game of penalties with Davies reducing the arrears with a penalty goal for a dropped maul, and then Cormack missed two relative sitters.
With the wind behind them, Cardiff began to create more attacking platforms and midway through the second period, Laity gathered a kick ahead by Davies and he and Williams exchanged passes for Laity to score a good try to win the match.
Cardiff: Try Laity. Penalty Davies. Pontypridd: Penalties Cormack 2.
Cardiff: M Rayer; S Ford, M Hall (capt), C Laity, N Walker; A Davies, A Moore; M Griffiths, J Humphries, L Mustoe, T Rees, D Jones, M Bennett, O Williams, M Budd.
Pontypridd: M Back; D Manley, J Lewis, S Lewis, O Robbins; C Cormack, P John; N Bezani (capt), P John, A Metcalfe, G Prosser, M Rowley, M Lloyd, D McIntosh, R Collins.
Referee: D R Davies (WRU).
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...