2008/2009 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 22 v 13 Llandovery
31 January 2009 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 22 Llandovery 13

The Blue & Blacks continued their good run of form by beating a spirited Llandovery at Cardiff Arms Park

But it was the visitors who made the better start, forcing several turnovers in the first few minutes. One of which led to a penalty that Tomas Marks converted for a 3-nil lead.  

Back came Cardiff and with back rowers Adam Powell and Craig Everett to the fore it wasn’t long before the home side were level, Gareth Davies converting a penalty for hands in the ruck 3-3.  Llandovery were still creating problems for the home defence, and they regained in the lead, full back Dan Rogers being put through a hole to score for an 8-3 half-time advantage.  

The Blues and Blacks started the second half brightly and were starting to get the upper hand  pushing for their first try. The try though was to come at the other end. As Cardiff attacked to within two metres of the line the ball popped free and winger Viv Jenkins grabbed the ball to race down the touchline to score for Llandovery.  

Cardiff had to make some changes and 15 minutes into the second half three back replacements saw Andy Williams make his debut for the Blue & Blacks. But it was to be another replacement Lee Jarvis who made the biggest impact on the scoreboard. Following a break by man of the match Damien Welch, Jarvis was on had to finish off the move that had been through several phases, a try which he converted. 

The home side were now getting well on top and it was a surprise that referee Hodges didn’t award a penalty try following three scrum offences and a yellow card for the visitors. From the penalty though quick hands enabled Chris Czekaj to give Cardiff the lead, Jarvis converting.  

The game was sealed when an overlap enabled another replacement Roger Davies to score the third try in as many minutes. The other surprise was the home side not gaining the valuable bonus point, but a win against Llandovery is never to be sneezed at.


Official : Leighton Hodges (Wales)

Cardiff Llandovery