Cardiff staged a second half come-back to take the points at Church Bank.
All the early pressure came from the home side, and it was they who took the first points. From a penalty outside-half Cerith Rees landed the kick, a feat he was to repeat a couple of minutes later. Cardiff’s response came from Scott Sneddon who halved the deficit from an offside decision.
The Drovers though extended their advantage virtually straight from the kick-off. An unforced error by the Blue & Blacks gave the home side a stronghold in the visitors twenty-two. A few short drives up the middle nearly resulted in a try, but the defence wasn’t breached until the ball was moved wide where a gap appeared and fullback Thomas nipped over. Thomas pushed the conversion wide.
Sneddon reduced the arrears with his second penalty before Llandovery struck again. Lively wing Ifan Evans shrugged off several tackles before scoring. Rees added the extras and then extended the lead with his second penalty.
Then the moment that changed the game. Having been in charge for most of the first half a moment of madness resulted in a red card for Drovers Dean Fitzgerald as he threw a hay-maker in the direction of Shaun Powell. Sneddon added the resulting penalty and was then instrumental in creating the first Cardiff try. Having worked their way into the home half Sneddon spotted space out-wide and put a clever cross-kick in. James Loxton got to the bouncing ball first. He failed to control it at first but after a quick impersonation of a juggler he swivelled over the line to score. Sneddon’s conversion drifter wide as the half time whistle blew with the home side 21-14 up.
The second half was one way traffic. Cardiff though couldn’t find the killer punch. Several chances went begging, Loxton loosing the ball over the line when it looked like he had scored. Sneddon added another penalty to bring the score closer. The points though didn’t register on the scoreboard as it had a ‘technical difficulty’ and got stuck.
How the home fans wish the Blue & Blacks had developed a technical difficulty as the visitors did manage to create an opening. Defending for long periods with fourteen men will result in a gap. Loxton shot through it and then found Rhys Shellard in support to score. Sneddon added the conversion to put Cardiff ahead for the first time.
With only a few minutes left the Drovers threw everything at the Cardiff defence. It was up to the task and repelled all attempts to rescue the game for the home side as Cardiff won a game on the road for only the second time this season.