2010/2011 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 26 v 28 Aberavon
25 September 2010 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 26 Aberavon 28

Aberavon held off a late Cardiff come back to take the points at Cardiff Arms Park.

Following an early exchange of penalties between Matthew Jarvis and Scott Sneddon the home side took the lead when a cross kick from Sneedon in his own half was gathered by Nathan Rees who outpaced the defence to score in the corner.  

Sneedon added to the Cardiff lead with another penalty after the Blue & Blacks had made to make inroads into the visitors defence. When the Wizards attacked and Cardiff were penalised though the referee went straight to his pocket and produced a yellow card. The visitors scored twice in the enforced period with 14 men, Richard Thomas scoring in the corner, Jarvis converting and minutes later Jarvis extended the lead with another penalty. Just before the break Aberavon scored again, fullback Ricki Thomas waltzed past a static home defence to score under the posts. Jarvis add the extras to give the visitors a 20-13 half time lead. 

The second half saw Aberavon take more control of the game and their advantage was extended by Jarvis with a simple penalty following more indiscipline by the Cardiff pack. Chris Davies then grabbed another try and the Wizards looked as if they could run away with the game. The Blue & Black defence though was up to the task, even when another card was brandished. The shorthanded defence held firm and ensured Aberavon didn’t score again. 

In the last five minutes the Blue & Blacks threw everything at Aberavon in an effort to get back into the game. Joe Griffin made a scintillating break threw the defence to link up with Owen Williams who scored under the posts. The conversion though was charged down. But with time up Darren Ryan powered through a tired defence to score near the corner to bring the home side  to within two points. The conversion though just skimmed the post to go wide leaving Cardiff with just a loosing bonus point.


Official : David Jones (Wales)

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