Cardiff put on one of their best performances of the season to comfortably defeat high-flying Llanelli at the Arms Park.The crowd rose to a real team effort that got better the longer the game went on. Not even the concession of a seven-point start when Llanelli centre Mark Bowen ran through for a simple try in the third minute could derail the Blue & Blacks from another determined display that was rewarded with their fifth consecutive league and cup win.
The Blue & Blacks had a real cutting edge on the wings where Nick Gill showed a refreshing readiness to use his pace and strength to take on and beat his markers on the outside while Elgan Jones was his usual bundle of footballing skills.There was plenty of creativity inside them, too, where Shaun James had an excellent first half before retiring at half-time with an eye injury. Dafydd Hewitt and Richard Jones continued the good work in the second period.
The platform was established up front where Dan McShane and James Goode stole several Llanelli lineouts and the scrum was very solid.Nothing summed up Cardiff's growing control better than the way Llanelli's Gavin Thomas disappeared off the radar. In the first half the international flanker had looked the most dangerous runner on the field. Shortly after the interval another sortie by him ended with three home tacklers bundling him unceremoniously into touch.
By then the success-starved home crowd were urging on the team's every move.Chris Anderson's 15 points from the boot took his season's tally to 198, including conversions of the three tries by James, after a great touchline run by Gill, Elgan Jones after a brilliant catch and take by Matthew Nuthall, and finally Darren Fenton after a powerful drive by the pack.Llanelli's first half tries were scored by Bowen and wing Daniel Gravell; Ceiron Thomas converted the first and kicked a second-half penalty goal.