THIS TIME last year, Cardiff's eagerly awaited Premier Division game against Swansea attracted just a few more than 6,000 folk to the Arms Park.
On Saturday the gates to the famous old club ground were locked 10 minutes before kick off as 14,000 rebel supporters piled in to witness this new year rematch. A year in rugby union can be a long time.
On this evidence, Welsh rugby needs Cardiff and Swansea more than the clubs need the union. The game was at times outstanding and Cardiff thoroughly deserved their win.
Lee Jarvis was the main points contributor with 15, while there were tries from Anthony Sullivan, Simon Hill, Matthew Wintle, Steve Moore and a penalty try, after Rob Howley was impeded just short of the line. Jarvis' boot and tries from Sullivan and Hill provided a half-time lead of 21- 3.
The penalty try and then Wintle's effort seven minutes from time put even greater daylight between the teams, and just to rub salt in to the wound, Steve Moore was driven over the line for his first try in Cardiff colours.
All that remains is for the clubs and the union to find a solution to their problems. If they do, Welsh rugby can look forward with relish to welcoming back its two leading lights.
Cardiff: Tries Sullivan, Hill, penalty try, Wintle, Moore; Conversions Jarvis 3; Penalties Jarvis 3. Swansea: Try Rees; Conversion Thomas; Penalties Thomas 4.
Cardiff: C Morgan; S Hill, M Hall, M Wintle, A Sullivan (L Botham, 61); L Jarvis, R Howley; S John (A Lewis, 64), D Geraghty, D Young (capt; L Mustoe, 61), S Moore, D Jones (K Stewart, 66), O Williams, P Wheeler (J Tait, 68), G Kacala.
Swansea: M Back (D Weatherley, 64); R Rees, M Taylor, C van Rensburg, M Robinson; A Thomas (A Lawson, 78), R Jones; C Loader (C Anthony, 61), G Jenkins (C Wells, 78), B Evans, P Arnold, A Moore (P Moriarty, 51), C Charvis (capt), D Thomas, L Jones.
Referee: F Howard (Liverpool).Reuse content