- Swansea concede 50 for second time in a row
- Dominant Cardiff earn bonus point win
- Exciting backs play by home side the theme of the day
By: Paul Hopkins
The All Whites shipped 50 points for the second game in a row as they were comfortably defeated by a clinical Cardiff side.
The Blue and Blacks looked to attack straight from kick off and centre Will Rees-Hole made a superb break up to half way, but lost possession at the tackle. Hooker Paul John raced into the twenty-two on the counter attack but threw a careless pass that was intercepted.
A professional foul by prop Jack Powell gifted fly half Gareth Thompson a simple three points from in front of the posts.
Lock Tudor Hughes was penalised for failing to roll away after the tackle and Thompson found touch on the twenty-two. A poor lineout throw was stolen by the visitors who cleared.
A powerful run by former All White number eight Rory Pitman sparked an attack for the home side and prop Peter Lloyd threw an outrageous dummy as Cardiff ventured over the twenty-two. Powell was given a stern talking to by referee Dan Jones for a dangerous tackle on Thompson, who kicked the resulting penalty goal.
Swansea responded immediately when centre Jake Randall made a break and superbly offloaded to winger Andrew Claypole, who was tackled a metre short. The visitors recycled ball with fly half James Davies sending a flip pass out wide to Claypole for a try. James Davies converted.
Fish made a complete mess of a chip through by winger Liam Smith as he was forced to concede a scrum five. However, the Swansea pack gave away a penalty at the set piece.
The visitors were caught offside in midfield on half way and Fish chose to kick to the corner. The home side looked set to score but were thwarted by a try saving tackle by Randall.
Whites captain Jon Fox saw yellow for failing to release the man in the tackle, but the home side were unable to capitalise as Hughes secured a turnover from the lineout.
Cardiff retook the lead in style when Fish and winger James Beal combined for the latter to chip through for Howells to show great acrobatic skills to score. Thompson converted.
The home side struck again less than a minute later when Howells ran riot in midfield to send Thompson racing clear to score under the posts. Thompson converted.
Full back Luke Griffiths cut the deficit to ten points with a penalty goal after the Cardiff defence failed to roll away after the tackle.
But the one way traffic continued as scrum half Lewis Jones charged down a clearance kick to score his side’s third try. Thompson converted.
On the stroke of half time Griffiths kicked a penalty goal after the Cardiff defence were caught offside at the breakdown.
Half-time:- Cardiff 27 Swansea 13
Swansea were on the front foot in the opening minutes of the second half, but handling errors put paid to a try scoring opportunity.
Fox charged over the twenty-two, but a loose pass was intercepted by replacement winger Ben Thomas, who sparked a length of the field attack, which Lewis Jones finished off under the posts.
Smith sprinted down the wing as Swansea looked for a way back into the game, but he was bundled into touch a few metres short of the line.
A high tackle by Pitman gave the visitors a penalty and replacement fly half Gareth Walters chose to chip to the corner. Superb defence by Cardiff earned a relieving penalty.
Sublime skill by flanker Luke Crocker created an attack out of nothing for the Blue and Blacks with Thomas touching down in the corner after a couple of flip passes by the backs. Thompson’s conversion hit the post.
The Whites hit back with a well worked try for Griffiths after the backs injected pace into the game. Walters missed the conversion.
It made little difference though as Rees-Hole sprinted through a gap in the defence to touch down for another Cardiff try. Thompson converted.
Smith looked like scoring in the corner, but he was crowded out into touch but Howells touched down for a late consolation try for the All Whites, which Walters converted.
There was still time for Cardiff to hit 50 as Beal charged down a poor clearance kick to score. Thompson converted.
Next up for Swansea is a home match against Bedwas, while Cardiff travel to Carmarthen.
Full-time:- Cardiff 53 Swansea 25
Tries:- Corey Howells (34), Gareth Thompson (36), Lewis Jones (40+1, 48), Ben Thomas (62), Will Rees-Hole (70), James Beal (80+5)
Cons:- Gareth Thompson (35, 37, 40+2, 49, 71, 80+6)
Pens:- Gareth Thompson (7, 16)
Tries:- Andrew Claypole (18), Luke Griffiths (65), Dan Howells (80+5)
Cons:- James Davies (19), Gareth Walters (80+5)
Pens:- Luke Griffiths (39, 40+5)
Yellow cards:- Jon Fox (31)
Venue:- Arms Park, Cardiff
Referee:- Dan Jones
Weather:- Light rain, 11C
Man of the match:- Lewis Jones
15 Dan Fish
14 James Beal
13 Dafydd Smith
12 Will Rees-Hole
11 Corey Howells (rep: Ben Thomas 41 (rep: Adam Jones 71 (rep: Lewis Jones 77)))
10 Gareth Thompson
9 Lewis Jones (rep: Rhodri Cole 66)
1 Fraser Young (rep: Adam Court 53)
2 Ian Jenkins (rep: Corrie Tarrant 69)
3 Peter Lloyd (rep: Kieron Brown 66)
4 Callum Bradbury
5 James Murphy
6 Joe Miles (rep: Ben White 66)
7 Luke Crocker ©
8 Rory Pitman
16 Adam Court
17 Corrie Tarrant
18 Kieron Brown
19 Corey Tucker
20 Ben White
21 Rhodri Cole
22 Ben Thomas
23 Adam Jones
15 Luke Griffiths
14 Andrew Claypole (rep: Dan Howells 51)
13 Richard Fussell
12 Jake Randall
11 Liam Smith
10 James Davies (rep: Gareth Walters 41)
9 Tom Ham (rep: Josh Guy 46)
1 Jack Powell (rep: Fenton Holder 71)
2 Paul John (rep: Ashleigh James 49)
3 Chris Thomas (rep: Richard Murphy 41)
4 Tudor Hughes
5 Jay Williams
6 Jon Fox ©
7 Ben Davies (rep: Gethin John 61)
8 Steffan Jones (rep: Jordan Sherman 80+2)
16 Ashleigh James
17 Richard Murphy
18 Fenton Holder
19 Gethin John
20 Jordan Sherman
21 Josh Guy
22 Gareth Walters
23 Dan Howells