By Andrew Collins
May 1 2009
Cardiff RFC have been crowned Welsh Premiership Champions following a 27-22 win over rivals Pontypridd at the Arms Park. It’s the Blue and Blacks first trophy since the Welsh/Scottish League in 2000, joining their regional side in bringing silverware back to the capitol.
Three tries from former Dragons scrum half Andy Williams, number eight Adam Powell and Blues winger Chris Czekaj helped overturn a 17-7 half time deficit to ensure the Welsh League title.
Cardiff terrific unbeaten run now extends to 15 games, and if they win their final two games of the season against Pontypool and Aberavon, they will equal the record set back in 2000.
Cardiff's rise to champions has finally brought an end to Neath's dominance, the Welsh All Blacks now look destined to finished 5th after a poor season.
But anyone who has seen the Blue and Blacks this season would tell you that the standard of the WPL is much higher than is was 3 years ago, and while Cardiff were getting well over 1,500 attendances towards the end of the season, that is expected to increase yet again next year, as CRFC season tickets comes free with the Cardiff Blues.
It crowns a magnificent season for both of Cardiff rugby sides, with the formerly bare Arms Park Trophy Room now looking the pride of Wales with the two recent titles, while the regional side may have something else to add yet.