2011/2012 Principality Premiership
Tonmawr 9 v 35 Cardiff
17 September 2011 - Whitworth Ground, Tonmawr

Match Report

Tonmawr 9 Cardiff 35

The Blue & Blacks got their first league points of the season with an impressive display at the Whitworth ground this afternoon

Cardiff made the best possible start to the game scoring after 43 seconds, Tonmawr lost control of the kick off and when the ball was recycled to Joe Griffin he put Owen Williams through a huge hole to score to score unopposed. Griffin added the extras. Three minutes later the try count was doubled. A chase through saw the ball end up in Cardiff hands and after two or three lunges at the line Macauley Cook found space round the blindside to crash over from short range.

Luke Richards managed to get Tonmawr on the board with a short range penalty before Griffin extended the Blue and Black lead with two penalties of his own. Following the kick off of the second penalty Cardiff scored their third try. A loose pass in the Tonmawr midfield was hacked on by Ellis Jenkins, when he gathered the ball and charged into the home twenty-two he linked up with Harry Robinson who scooted over in the corner. Griffin added the tricky conversion.

It looked like the bonus point try had come when Dan Fish rounded the defence only for it to be called back by a touch judge’s flag that resulted in three cards being brandished. Just before break Richards landed his third penalty to bring the half time score to Tonmawr 9 Cardiff 25

That was as good as it got for Tonamwr as the second half began as the first had finished with the Blue & Blacks in the ascendancy. Griffin added an early penalty to extend the lead but the fourth try just wouldn’t come. With the rain now lashing across the Whitworth ground the ball became slippery and the moves Cardiff were created came to nothing.

The visitors were also guilty of taking the wrong option on several occasions, despite the possession stats well in their favour. They did though get the bonus point when they made the right decision. Griffin fed Owen Williams who coasted in for his second and Cardiff’s forth following more good build up play by a now rampant pack.

Coach Richard Hodges was pleased with the win and said after the game ‘ its always pleasing to get a win, but we left a few tries out there. It’s a young side and they will make mistakes but at least this week we got the points on the board and came away with a win’

Official : Jonathan Mason (Wales)

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