2008/2009 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 29 v 3 Aberavon
13 February 2009 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 29 Aberavon 3

Cardiff's sixth consecutive Premiership victory catapulted them into third place in the league, just a point behind - and with a game in hand – Neath. That this latest bonus point win was against Aberavon was doubly meaningful. Over the past six seasons the Wizards have usually prevailed against the Blue & Blacks, not least twelve months ago when they dished out successive league and cup drubbings in the space of six weeks. But not this time.

Midway through the second half Blue & Blacks' wing Ryan Howells celebrated his fiftieth game for the club with a thrilling opportunist try that took the wind out of the Wizards' sails and from then on the gap between the sides got bigger and bigger.

Until Howells pounced on a loose ball deep in his own half there had been no indication of the late points spree that gave Cardiff their biggest Premiership win over Aberavon.

An excellent try by impressive lock Damian Welch, stemming from a quick tap penalty on halfway and an outrageous dummy by Gareth Davies, plus five points from the boot of the impish fly-half had given them a 10-0 lead at the interval.

The first half had been a fractious affair with both sides temporarily reduced to 14 men after Cardiff's Darren Ryan was binned in the 16th minute for a dangerous early tackle and Jamie Davies carded for indiscriminate use of the boot at a ruck three minutes before the break.

Things settled down after that and Jamie Davies' 51st minute penalty goal, allied to overwhelming territorial advantage, suggested that the Wizards were far from out of the game.

But the hosts had more pace and power behind the scrum. No sooner had Howells struck with his touchdown than Gareth Davies, himself having a lively game at fly-half, gratefully intercepted another sloppy pass in midfield to race 50 metres to the posts for the try he easily converted.

Ten minutes from the end we saw Cardiff's back play at its best, notably from Craig Morgan and Nathan Rees,who interpassed before Roger Davies dodged and darted in familiar fashion to the posts for the fourth try, again converted by his namesake, and the all-important bonus point as Cardiff also extended their winning run in all matches, including friendly, league and cup to an unprecedented eight matches.


Official : Huw David (Wales)

Cardiff Aberavon