2010/2011 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 11 v 7 Tonmawr
26 February 2011 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 11 Tonmawr 7

Cardiff held on to register another win as Tonmawr’s first visit to the Arms Park ended with just a loosing bonus point, but it could have been much worse.
Playing with the wind in the first half the visitors saw the scoreboard remain blank despite three attempted penalties that all drifted wide. It was the home side that registered the first points through a penalty by Scott Sneddon, a feat he was to repeat ten minutes later to double the Blue & Blacks lead.

Cardiff attempted to run the ball into the wind, but the visitors defence held firm and starved the home side of possession, that was until the twenty second minute. Pressurising the Tonmawr defence the ball was turned over by Dan Godfrey who carried all day for fun, and moved wide. Several pairs of hands saw lock Kris Barry crash over to give the home side an 11-0 lead.

Having the wind looked as if it would be an advantage but that was not to be the case as Tonmawr claimed the majority of possession. Cardiff simply could not get the ball. And it was surprise when the visitors got on the scoreboard. Warren Davies, and second half replacement for Tal Selley, going over in the corner, Luke Richards converting.

From then on it was backs to the wall for Cardiff as they were forced to defend for the rest of the half. Excellent cover tackling by Shaun Powell and Steve Taylor snuffed out several attacks. The visitors nearly snatched the lead with ten minutes left on the clock, only a try saving tackle in the corner prevented the touchdown. That pattern continued right until the end. Cardiff went down to fourteen shortly before the final whistle when Matthew John was yellow carded, but managed to hold on to seal another home win to the cheers of a relieved crowd. 

Next up is a chance for the squad to be put through its paces as Cardiff entertain RGC 1404 at the Arms Park next week

Official : Greg Morgan (Wales)

Cardiff Tonmawr