Cardiff 17 Swansea 10

CARDIFF 17-10 SWANSEA

 

By: Paul Hopkins

 

The Whites battled to a losing bonus point defeat at the Arms Park against a tough Cardiff outfit

 

It was the visitors who enjoyed the first attack when scrum half Chris Morgans made a half break and found Rhys Williams and in support. The centre threw a pass out wide and winger Gareth Rees raced up to the twenty-two only for the Cardiff defence to kill the ball. Fly half James Davies kicked the resulting penalty goal.

 

A superb burst of pace by winger James Beal out wide gave the Blue and Blacks their first foray into Swansea territory and he found centre Sam Beard in support, but the Whites were penalised for illegally slowing down play. Fly half Gareth Thompson kicked the three pointer.

 

The home side continued to exert pressure on Swansea and Thompson penned their defence deep inside the twenty-two with a clever grubber kick to touch.

 

And the hard work paid off when full back Joe Scrivens powered past a tackle before the ball was quickly swept out to the other wing for Beard to squeeze over for the opening try. Thompson converted.

 

A second try followed soon after when centre Ben Thomas cut through the visitors’ defence and found winger Joe Gatt, who drew in the last defender to send a scoring pass to scrum half Tom Habberfield. Thompson converted.

 

It should have been a third try seconds later when Habberfield chased down a chip through but James Davies managed to get back to ground the ball dead over his own try line. A scrum five followed and the Cardiff pack looked to rumble over the line, but a superb defence forced hooker Evan Yardley to hold on after the tackle.

 

Winger Max Nagy looked to attack for the Whites but he became isolated and gave away a penalty. Cardiff again used their forward power and Beal looked to have scored, but the try was ruled out following a double movement.

 

Moments before half time a clever short lineout to prop Greg Cunniffe saw the visitors mount a rare attack inside the Cardiff twenty-two, but hooker Ifan Phillips held on after the tackle.

 

Half-time:-   Cardiff   17   Swansea   3

 

Cardiff were temporarily reduced to 14 men early in the second half when Beal tackled Rhys Williams in the air, forcing the centre off with a suspected shoulder injury.

 

It gave Swansea the impetus they needed and James Davies kicked to the corner with a penalty after the Blue and Blacks’ defence crept offside. Lock Shaun O’Rourke powered forward to take his side up to within a metre short of the line and the Cardiff defence killed the ball. The home pack managed to win a penalty at the scrum and were able to clear the danger.

 

Another Swansea attack broke down when full back Phil Jones threw a loose pass, but the visitors were soon back in possession with lock Jay Williams charging up the middle, but replacement centre Callum Carson’s chip ahead was dealt with by the Cardiff defence.

 

A superb move by the Cardiff backs should have resulted in a try, but replacement full back Dan Fish’s chip ahead ricocheted into touch off a Whites player.

 

The Blue and Blacks were back on the attack straightaway and could have easily been awarded a penalty try, when prop Eddie Drake deliberated tapped down a pass one-handed, although he escaped with a yellow card.

 

Centre Kieran Williams dropped a regulation pass and Ben Thomas chipped ahead, but Jones remained calm to scoop up the ball, with the overeager Thomas diving on the full back to give away a penalty.

 

The Whites grabbed an unlikely bonus point in the dying seconds when Jones picked up a loose ball to score under the posts. He also converted.

 

Full-time:-   Cardiff   17   Swansea   10

 

Cardiff:

 

Tries:-   Sam Beard (21), Tom Habberfield (31)

Cons:-   Gareth Thompson (22, 32)

Pens:-   Gareth Thompson (12)

 

Yellow cards:-   James Beal (46)

 

Swansea:

 

Tries:-   Phil Jones (80+5)

Cons:-   Phil Jones (80+6)

Pens:-   James Davies (4)

 

Yellow cards:-   Eddie Drake (74)

 

Match facts:

 

Venue:-   Cardiff Arms Park

Weather:-   Cloudy, 15C

Man of the match:-   Sam Beard

Attendance:-   1,000

 

Cardiff team:

 

15 Joe Scrivens (rep: Dan Fish 47)

14 James Beal

13 Sam Beard (rep: Leon Andrews 79)

12 Ben Thomas

11 Joe Gatt

10 Gareth Thompson

9 Tom Habberfield (rep: Ben Williams 65)

1 Thomas Davies (rep: Kirby Myhill 74)

2 Evan Yardley (rep: Lewis Francis 47)

3 Ollie Drake (rep: Will Davies-King 65)

4 James Ratti

5 Teddy Williams

6 James Thomas (rep: Sam Pailor 65)

7 Zach O’Driscoll (rep: Alex Everett 65)

8 Morgan Allen ©

 

Replacements:

 

16 Will Davies-King

17 Kirby Myhill

18 Lewis Francis

19 Sam Pailor

20 Alex Everett

21 Ben Williams

22 Leon Andrews

23 Dan Fish

 

Swansea team:

 

15 Phil Jones

14 Max Nagy

13 Rhys Williams (rep: Callum Carson 46)

12 Kieran Williams

11 Gareth Rees

10 James Davies (rep: Kieran Charles 80+1)

9 Chris Morgans (rep: Liam Seaward 67)

1 Eddie Drake

2 Ifan Phillips

3 Greg Cunniffe (rep: Jordan Pritchard 74)

4 Shaun O’Rourke

5 Jay Williams

6 Morgan Morris

7 Callum Bowden (rep: Duane Eager 69)

8 Jon Fox © (rep: Cai Davies 74)

 

Replacements:

 

16 Matthew Moore

17 Dean Howells

18 Jordan Pritchard

19 Cai Davies

20 Duane Eager

21 Liam Seaward

22 Kieran Charles

23 Callum Carson

 

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 3 3 0 0 74 43 13
Aberavon 3 3 0 0 67 52 12
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 3 2 0 1 69 54 9
Merthyr 3 1 0 2 71 61 7
Ebbw Vale 3 1 0 2 81 92 6
Swansea 3 1 0 2 57 46 6
Newport 2 1 0 1 41 39 6
Llandovery 2 1 0 1 50 57 5
Carmarthen Quins 2 1 0 1 45 38 5
Pontypridd 3 1 0 2 51 67 5
Bridgend Ravens 2 1 0 1 43 39 5
Llanelli 3 0 0 3 33 94 0