2010/2011 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 15 v 11 Swansea
05 November 2010 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 15 Swansea 11

A gutsy display from Cardiff saw them gain their first win in seven games as they defeated a Swansea side sitting near the top of the table.

On paper this looked a difficult task for the home side with several players taking part in the LV cup, and with the wind and drizzle swirling around Cardiff Arms Park the game was never going to be a feast of running rugby.

The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges, but the normally reliable James Dixon could only find his range with his third penalty.   

It was Cardiff though who scored the first try, and it came from a set piece move. A lineout near the ten metre line came straight off the top. Darren Ryan was sent straight up the middle and when he broke the defence Rhys Shellard was on hand to core. Scott Sneddon converted. Swansea hit back just before the break with another Dixon penalty but it was the home side that went into the changing rooms ahead at half time.

The second half saw more mistakes as the ball became like a bar of soap. The up-and-under was a regular tactic of both sides, but both fullbacks were up to the task, Jimmy Norris seeming exceptional safe under the bombs.

Swansea regained the lead midway through the half. Dixon spotted some space down the blind side and found wing Jones in support. He scrambled over in the corner, but Dixon’s conversion came back off the post.

Cardiff grabbed the lead back two minutes later. Another loose ball was hacked on by Steve Taylor, and when it wasn’t cleared by the Swansea defence he was on hand to show skill that wont look out of place at the Cardiff City Stadium by steering the ball round the fullback, gathering and dropping over the line, a just result for the effort he had put in chasing every high ball in the Blue & Black cause. Sneddon did ’a Dixon’ and hit the post with the conversion, but it wasn’t to matter.

The home defence comfortably held of any chance of a Whites recovery and extended the lead with a Sneddon penalty just before the end.

Official : David Jones (Wales)

Cardiff Swansea