2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 17 v 38 Llanelli
27 October 2012 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 17 Llanelli 38

Cardiff slipped to a fourth defeat in a row against Llanelli at the Arms Park.

The visitors had looked much the better side in the opening exchanges and it was no surprise when they opened the scoring. Several pick and go’s had worked the ball to the home twenty-two and the defence was being pulled out of shape when Justin James spotted a whole and scampered through to score under the posts, Owen Williams added the simple conversion.

Another well worked move lead to the visitors second try. Williams was again involved this time running the loop and giving a well timed pass for Steffan Hughes to cross in the corner. Williams was again on target with the additions.

In between those tries Cardiff got on the scoreboard when from and advantage Gareth Davies tried a speculative drop goal that hopped over the bar and when Shaun Powell latched on to a miss pass from the Llanelli backs on half way the road opened up for him to take full advantage and score under the posts. The conversion by Davies brought his personal tally for Cardiff Rugby to 1001 points.

A minute later though and the score line changed once again, this time in the visitors favour, this time space was created for Kristian Phillips, and the flying winger sailed between two defenders for try number three, Williams was again on target with the conversion.

The second half saw a change in the flow of the game, Cardiff were now working the space in mid-field and when Davies’ show and go put him in the clear he was able to link with Dan Fish for a score Davies converted. That was as good as it got for the Blue & Blacks though. Every time Llanelli went anywhere near the Cardiff posts they were awarded a penalty. Owen Williams was on target with three of the opportunities he was presented with, having missed two earlier kicks. The only thing missing for the visitors was the bonus point and this was duly collected when full back Chris Keenan, who had been a thorn in Cardiff’s side all game, gave replacement Kyle Evans a scoring pass to move Llanelli above Cardiff in the Premiership table

scoresheet and timeline

Official : Jon Mason (Wales)

Cardiff Llanelli