Rugby Union: Cardiff consider secession
Monday 21 December 1998
CARDIFF HINTED last night they are considering joining another union in the event of possible expulsion or secession from the Welsh Rugby Union. Their chief executive, Gareth Davies, indicated the move after watching Cardiff throw away a substantial lead, and almost certain victory, to slump to their fourth consecutive Anglo-Welsh defeat.
Cardiff, and their fellow rebels Swansea, are refusing to pay a pounds 150,000 fine imposed on them by the WRU for arranging these unsanctioned friendly matches against English clubs. "We are certainly not going to pay the fine," declared Davies. "One option for the WRU is to expel us for not paying the fine. We can't wait until the 28 February deadline before deciding what to do. We have to look at the options open to us int the event of that."
One of those would be to join the Rugby Football Union, a logical step given the Anglo-Welsh set-up, and Davies did not rule that out. "It is almost getting to the stage where we will have to approach another union," he said.
Cardiff do not even know when they can play Llandovery in the Swalec Cup. Building work at the Arms Park delayed Saturday's fourth round tie. Cardiff have offered any midweek date between now and the end of January, but the junior club claims too many of their amateur players cannot take time off.
So all that is left is the Anglo-Welsh series. And on the evidence of this little thriller, cross-border competition should prove beneficial all-round to northern hemisphere rugby. It kept a 4,395 crowd interested to the end despite the chill.
Gregori Kacala, Cardiff's monster Pole at the back of the scrum's one- man stampedes scattered opposition bodies. Behind him Lee Jarvis frequently got his backs moving and the powerful and pacey Leigh Davies posed plenty of problems. His two breaks in the same move, and his cunning grubber kick, led to Cardiff's opening try by stand-off Jarvis.
But Wasps' four tries were, in the end, decisive. The first saw hooker Simon Mitchell speed into the right hand corner, the second came from young prop Andrew Le Chevalier, and the third from replacement hooker Dinos Alexopoulos. Josh Lewsey got the crucial touchdown late in the game.
Wasps: Tries Mitchell, Le Chevalier, Alexopoulos, Lewsey; Conversion King; Penalties King 2. Cardiff: Tries Jarvis, Humphreys; Conversion Jarvis; Penalties Jarvis 4.
Wasps: J Lewsey; S Roiser, L Scrase, N Greenstock, P Sampson; A King, M Wood; A Le Chevalier, S Mitchell (D Alexopoulos, 64), W Green (capt), A Reed, S Shaw (M Weedon, 50), E Rollitt, P Scrivener, F Rossigneux (J Worsley, 64).
Cardiff: C Morgan; S Hill, L Davies, M Wintle, A Sullivan; L Jarvis, R Jones; A Lewis, J Humphreys (capt; P Young, 54), L Mustoe, K Stewart (S Moore, 64), D Jones, O Williams, G Kacala, D Baugh (S Moore, 60-61).
Referee: G Bowden (Taffs Well).
The Washington Post editor helped Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein bring down President Nixon
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Latest in Sport
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from spine injury after doing somersault celebration
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Why Isco will provide just as great a threat at Anfield as the injured Gareth Bale would have
Angel Di Maria injury: Manchester United sweat over fitness of record signing as he is in danger of missing Chelsea clash
West Brom vs Manchester United player ratings: Saido Berahino scores highest, whilst Marcos Rojo scores lowest
Video: Boxer Vido Loncar brutally assaults referee following defeat
- 1 Salisbury ranked seventh-best city in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015
- 2 Disney announces new female-led film Moana
- 3 Banksy has not been arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
- 5 Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms
Worst Airports of 2014: Poll names Islamabad airport in Pakistan worst in the world
£60 - £110 per day: Randstad Education Group: Youth Support Workers Glouceste...
£19000 - £21000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPOR...
£110 - £130 per day + Competitive rates of pay: Randstad Education Reading: Pr...
£80 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Liverpool: **Due to an increase in dema...