2011/2012 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 18 v 20 Llanelli
29 October 2011 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 18 Llanelli 20

Cardiff missed the chance to leapfrog their opponents at the Arms Park as late missed kicks cost them the game.

Llanelli who had won the all the previous five meetings, continued their run of success against Cardiff at the Arms Park as they won for the fourth game there. The home side started brightly, Rhys Patchell kicking an early penalty, but Llanelli responded with a try by Iolo Evans after the ball had lost at a lineout. Young fly half Jordan Williams added the extras and then a short-range penalty to extend the visitors lead and was looking to run at the defence every time he had the ball.

Patchell was keeping Cardiff in touch as the visitor’s penalty count increased. He added his second penalty after eighteen minutes and straight form the kick-off added three more as Llanelli again were caught off side. His fourth of the game in injury time at the end of the first half was for a Llanelli player again being offside. The referee though didn’t think constant offside warranted any further sanctions.

The Blue & Blacks lead only lasted for tem minutes though. Jordan Williams was now staring to run the show for the visitors and he found a huge hole in the Cardiff defence before racing towards the try line. Seeing that he was going to be run down he cleverly waited until the supporting Justin James got on his shoulder to give him the scoring pass. Williams added the extras and shortly after extended the lead with another penalty.

From then on it was all one way traffic as Cardiff tried to get back into the game. Rhys Shellard, playing his 100th league, game was put clear and raced to the line only to be called back for a forward pass. Patchell and the Blue & Blacks just wouldn’t lie down though. Two more penalties got them to within one score, but with time running out there were opportunities. Two relatively simple penalties were pushed wide of the posts and a wrong option when close to the Llanelli line ended up in a turnover.  But with time up on the clock a long range drop goal from Dan Fish drifted wide and Llanelli breathed a sigh of relief and all the Blue & Blacks had was a loosing bonus point.

Official : Cammy Rudkin (Scotland)

Cardiff Llanelli