Swansea 8 cardiff 33

24/04/2013

Swansea succumbed to a final match defeat at St Helens against rivals Cardiff to end the season firmly on the bottom of the Premiership table. Cardiff full-back Dan Fish scored tries at the start of both halves as the visitors came away with a four try win.

The score was tied at 5 all by Swansea's impressive youngster Aled Jenkins who managed to go over in the corner at the Mumbles end after replacement centre Cameron Clement initiated some quick ball and good hands, allowing him to squeeze in to beat the cover and touch down. Clement was side-lined just minutes after replacing Dai Watts (ankle) with a hamstring injury. Stand-offs James Thomas and Luke Price exchanged penalties but Cardiff pulled ahead just before half-time as scrum-half Garyn Lucas got through the Whites' defence for an unconverted try and a 13 - 8 lead at the break. Swansea were unable to take great advantage of two first half yellow cards as referee Rhys Thomas punished Cardiff No8 Roy Watts-Jones (28 min) and prop Lewis Smout (35 min), Luke Price extracting 3 points however,  from Watts-Jones' dismissal.

H/T 8 - 13

The Cardiff lead was extended with Thomas slotting over another penalty for a Swansea transgression on 49 minutes. With both sides coming out determined to maintain a high tempo match, Swansea were disappointed to have hard working James McKenna yellow carded on 50 minutes and just 3 minutes later Dan Fish claimed his second try, this time James Thomas converting. Injury disruptions slowed the game, the Cardiff bench being fully utilised while Swansea's Paul John had to end a useful performance, limping off as Scott Otten replaced him. Flyer Jamie Thomas also came on but was himself side-lined by a knock within minutes as aggressive tackling tested ref Rhys Thomas' patience. Despite the score-line Swansea were still in the game but an unforced error from Richard Williams ( having had an impressive season on the wing) standing in at full-back, typified the inconsistency that has dogged the side all season. The match was finally drawn from Swansea's reach with a fourth try grabbed by Cardiff lock Dan Partridge (69 min) with James Thomas gratefully taking the extras. A late penalty from Thomas (77 min) gave a final score that did not reflect the effort by the home side but perhaps summed up the season as the visitors left with a bonus point and Swansea finished empty handed. It was gratifying to see that the tradition of drinks at "Brian's Bar" at the Mumbles end was maintained after the final whistle as a hugely disappointing season for a great club was drawn to a close.

F/T: 8 - 33

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