The regular season finally came to an end at St Helens last night as Swansea took the spoils in an open game.
This was Cardiff’s second visit in a matter of a few days, while Swansea had had the luxury of a weekend off. In the first few minutes the home side were champing at the bit to play. They pounded the Blue and Blacks line for several minutes. The defence though was outstanding repelling the waves of attacks. It took ten minutes before the first score, the Whites scrum half Rhodri Wells scampering over. James Dixon converting.
The visitors controlled the ball for the next quarter of the game. Ashley Sweet and Rhys Shellard both made inroads into the home twenty-two only for the bounce of the ball to favour Swansea and enable them to clear.
The Whites added a penalty to the scoreboard before Cardiff broke their duck. Nathan Rees scoring near the touchline following good work by Jimmy Norris, Steffan Jones added the extras.
Swansea struck three times in a ten-minute period to give them a comfortable lead. James Dixon scored in the corner. Playing his three hundredth game, Paul Arnold scored under the posts. Prolific scorer Hanno Dirksen added to his already impressive tally this season. Dixon converted two of them and suddenly Swansea had a 29-7 half time lead.
The second half contained two major highlights for the Blue & Blacks. Jimmy Norris scored a fine individual try, the forwards were securing good lineout ball. As the move progress Norris broke through on the half way line and out-paced the defence to score.
The other celebration came when Chris Anderson made his way quietly onto the field for his 100th cap. In between flying winger Eli Walker had scorched home from seventy-five metres to extend the Whites lead.
Dan Matthews got on the score sheet late on for the visitors, Jones converting.
But when the referee blew the final whistle and another regular season had been put to bed. Now it’s off to the ‘dream world’ of the play-offs.