Pontypridd paraded the Swalec Cup beforehand and there were emotional scenes in the second half when their 39-year-old captain, Nigel Bezani, retired hurt on his farewell home appearance. Cardiff's emotions were of a different colour, however, and Derw yn Jones was fortunate the card was only yellow when he stamped on Mark Rowley.
Jones compounded his felony by then fighting with Walker when the former Olympic hurdler remonstrated with him.
It had been asking a lot of Pontypridd to pull out another big performance after last Saturday's and the early auguries had been distinctly unpropitious.
Three minutes had elapsed when Andy Moore, included in the Wales tour party for Australia to the chagrin of locals who prefer their own scrum-half Paul John, scored Cardiff's first try. With the Ponty forwards committed to withstanding a strong Cardiff s hove, the future Richmond player sauntered through the blindside and Rayer, another disappointed tour absentee, converted.
This was the galvanisation Pontypridd needed. Within two minutes a sequence of forward rushes culminated in a try by Neil Jenkins. The rest of the first half was almost exclusively Pontypidd's: an exquisite pass by Jenkins freed Geraint Lewis for a secon d try and John added a third on half-time.
The second-half was altogether more precarious, Walker running the length of the field for a Cardiff try when it was Ponty who should have been scoring. And after the deserving Dale McIntosh scored Pontypridd's fourth try, it was left to Walker and Rayer to have the final words. PONTYPRIDD: C. Cormack; G. Jones, J. Lewis, S. Lewis, G. Lewis; N. Jenkins, Paul John; N. Bezani (Captain), Phil John, N. Eynon, P. Owen, M. Rowley, M. Spiller, D. McIntosh, M. Williams. CARDIFF: M. Rayer; S. Ford, J. Davies, G. Jones, N. Walker; A. Davies, A. Moore; A. Lewis, J. Humphreys, L. Mustoe, J. Wakeford, D. Jones, C. Mills, H. Taylor (Captain), O. Williams. REF: D. Bevan (Clydach)Reuse content