2004/2005 WRU National League
Cardiff 15 v 31 Swansea
17 November 2004 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 31 Swansea 15

Cardiff's hopes of another home victory disappeared when the game imploded in first half injury time. Having already been heavily penalised by the ratio of three to one throughout a fractious first 40 minutes the Blue & Blacks were doing well to stay in contention at 8-10 down.

Then within the space of three minutes they were reduced to 13 men. No sooner had Dan McShane been yellow-carded for killing the ball than referee Nigel Whitehouse waved the red card at Nathan Llewellyn for dissent, ironically after Cardiff had been awarded a free kick.To complete a desperate end to the half,

Swansea were awarded a penalty try in the tenth minute of added time and went into the break 17-8 ahead. Immediately after the restart they drove the 6-man Cardiff scrum back over their line for another try and the game was dead and buried.Yet it had started so brightly with a brilliant Leon Andrews try after an attacck had been sustained through several phases. The good work was undone when poor tackling allowed Matthew Brayley to sidestep out of defence and send wing Nick Jones clear for a try that gave the visitors a lead they were never to lose.

Nathan Llewellyn had carried the ball outstandingly well for Cardiff before his sending-off and the role was taken up by the impressive Geraint Morris later in the game. Scrum-half David Walsh was always a threat to the Swansea defence and Liam Roberts and Dafydd Hewitt were again an effective centre partnership. The real cutting edge was provided by full back Andrews and there was promise of an unlikely come back late in the game as another of his breaks led to a try for Johnathan Edwards.

At 15-24 another score could have dramatically turned the tables and it almost did on two occasions before the final passes went astray.Cruelly at the very end another 8-man scrum drive by the visitors led to the ball being slipped to Nick Jones for his second try.

Official : Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)

Cardiff Swansea