2011/2012 SWALEC Cup
Cardiff 35 v 29 Llanelli
18 February 2012 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 35 Llanelli 29

Cardiff made it through to the next round of the SWALEC cup after a pulsating game at Cardiff Arms Park

With the wind behind them the home side looked to play a territorial game and put pressure on the visitors. Gareth Davies rewarded them with three short range penalties. Jordan Williams replied for Llanelli before Davies landed a monster from the half way line to increase the lead.

The game’s first try came towards the end of the first half. Llanelli’s forwards were reduced to seven when Shaun Hopkins was sent to the sin bin for a late tackle near the visitors try line. From the penalty Cardiff took a scrum and the drive was again halted illegally giving the referee no option but to award a penalty try, Davies converted but was to be carried off the field injured as the half time whistle blew.

Just after the break Williams drew the visitors closer but Cardiff scored next. Scrappy Llanelli ball was pounced on by Dan Crimmins, who along with his back row team had an outstanding game. He made the hard yards and as the ball popped loose Harry Robinson was on hand to scoot over. Scott Sneddon converted.

Cardiff were forced into several changes shortly after and this lead to some confusion in the defensive ranks. Llanelli capitalised scoring twice in a few minutes. First Owen Williams was put through a hole to score from 20 metres out, and when a bouncing ball wasn’t dealt with a minute later, Body Davies was first to react to score under the posts, Williams adding the extras.

Sneddon though was keeping Cardiff in it, a perfectly judged touchline penalty had kept the Blue & Black noses in front and when he and Williams exchanged penalties the home side were still three points to the good.

Shortly before the end Sneddon slotted another penalty to give Cardiff some breathing space and when the ball was won from the restart he was happy to send it into row Z and the Blue & Blacks into the next round.