Jenkins signs off in style for Warriors as Blues falter
Celtic Warriors 30 Cardiff Blues 26
Saturday 08 May 2004
Departing Warriors Neil Jenkins and Gareth Thomas ensured their side's Heineken Cup survival with a victory over an unlucky Blues outfit at the Brewery Field last night.
Former Cardiff player Jenkins kicked 15 points in his last competitive match in Wales, while Toulouse-bound Thomas scored a controversial second-half try. The lowest-placed Welsh side in the Celtic League lose their Heineken Cup place next season, and the Blues must now hope the Neath-Swansea Ospreys lose their final two games.
The Blues made a perfect start when winger Tom Shanklin dotted down in the second minute. Iestyn Harris added a penalty, but the visitors lost skipper Martyn Williams to the sin-bin for a professional foul after 10 minutes. The home side took advantage and shoved prop Chris Horsman over the line. Jenkins converted.
Warriors full-back Emyr Lewis replaced Williams in the bin and the Blues back line cut loose, winger Craig Morgan scoring a try. Harris and Jenkins traded penalty goals, and the Blues had a 16-10 lead at half time.
Two Jenkins penalties levelled the scores before Warriors centre Sonny Parker scored a try.. Blues full-back Rhys Williams darted over from a quick tap, but Warriors skipper Thomas secured the victory with a blatant double movement. Given that even after the illegal move the ball wasn't on the line, it was a shocking call. The Blues had to be content with a bonus point for finishing within seven points.
Celtic Warriors: Tries C Horsman, S Parker, G Thomas; Penalties N Jenkins 3; Conversions N Jenkins 3. Cardiff Blues: Tries T Shanklin, C Morgan, R Williams; Penalties I Harris 3; Conversion I Harris.
Celtic Warriors: E Lewis; D James, S Parker, G Thomas, G Wyatt; N Jenkins, S Martens; G Jenkins, M Davies, C Horsman, B Cockbain (D Jones 54), R Sidoli, M Molitika (R Parks 81), C Harris, R Bryan.
Cardiff Blues: R Williams; T Shanklin (M Allen 40), J Robinson, I Harris, C Morgan; N Robinson, D Dewdney; J Yapp, R Thomas, B Evans (D Crompton 78), H Senekal (C Quinnell 68), J Brownrigg, D Baugh, N Thomas, M Williams.
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
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