Cardiff Welsh-Scottish League champions
May 14, 2000

But their loss to Swansea, 41-40, makes the receipt of the trophy a bitter-sweet moment.

Cardiff became the inaugural champions of the Welsh-Scottish League but lost their unbeaten home record, dating back to December 1997, when Swansea beat them on Saturday.

Swansea, despite resting several stars with next weekend's cup final in mind, deserved their thrilling victory which was only clinched in the closing seconds of the match.

There was celebration before the match as well, with Cardiff's youngsters honoured after winning the Welsh Youth Cup hours earlier in the Millennium Stadium next door.

And, despite losing flanker Martyn Williams to the sin-bin after just nine minutes, Cardiff fans were cheering again as young full back Rhys Williams hacked a loose ball clear and showed his exceptional pace to race 60 yards and score.

Swansea winger Shaun Payne brought his side level and number eight Paul Moriarty was held up inches short before Cardiff had a try by Nick Walne ruled out when the touch judge drew the referee's attention to an earlier offence.Gareth Thomas immediately enabled Craig Morgan to maintain his try-a-game record for Cardiff.Australian fly half broke through poor tackling to go under the posts before helping to create a score for centre Dai Weatherley.

With the home defence looking ragged, Payne darted in for his second try, but acting captain Mike Rayer conjured up a neat try to bring Cardiff back within four points at half time.

Constant Swansea pressure eventually brought a try for hooker Chris Wells, but Cardiff battled back and after the All Whites had lost Andy Booth to the sin-bin, Neil Jenkins grabbed a touchdown in the corner.

The fly half then landed two penalties to give Cardiff the lead, but replacement Arwel Thomas broke home hearts with another from 40 metres to give Swansea a single-point victory.

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