Howells claims it isn't over yet
April 22, 2000
After a comfortable 42-21 victory over Glasgow Caledonians which stretched their lead in the Welsh-Scottish League, Cardiff coach Lynn Howells still refuses to accept that his club has one hand on the championship trophy.
"You've never got your hands on the trophy until you've got so many points that the others can't catch you,'' said Howells. "With four points at stake each time, one match can make a big difference."
But he agrees that next weekend's clash with second-placed Ebbw Vale could be decisive. The Monmouthshire Valley club, involved in Cup action tomorrow, are now five points behind and have played one game more.
"Before they come here they've got a tough match during the week," pointed out Howells. "Edinburgh away is a difficult game and they'll do well to win up there."
Despite twice leading early on Caley were never able to contain Cardiff as they bounced back from last weekend's European Cup disaster against Llanelli with a fine performance on a pitch turned into a swamp by torrential rain in the hour before kick-off.
"I thought both teams should be commended for trying to play open rugby out there," said Howells. "The conditions were never dangerous, they just stopped us having what could have been a super game of rugby."
Red's counterpart Richie Dixon agreed. "Both teams were up for it and I thought it was a very good game in the circumstances," he said. "We'd travelled a long way and so had our fans and I think it was the right decision to go ahead.
"I thought our defence, in particular, was excellent, but we can't afford to make the mistakes we did and then expect to win the game. That said, the final score didn't do us justice."