2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Llandovery 18 v 12 Cardiff
23 November 2012 - Church Bank, Llandovery

Match Report

Llandovery 18 - Cardiff 12

Cardiff took a loosing bonus point away from Church Bank as Llandovery came from behind in a try-less game.

With the mist closing in on the pitch it was Cardiff that started the better side. Within a minute they had their first penalty. The kickoff was knocked on by the home side and as a player in front of the ball picked it up referee Gwyn Morris was in the right place to award the kick at goal. Gareth Davies landed the goal and was on target three minutes later with a monster effort from half way to double the Blue & Black advantage.

The Drovers simply could not get their hands on the ball as Cardiff charged forward at every opportunity. But with the ground wet and the ball like a bar of soap mistakes fumbles and knock-ons became the norm as the game became a scrum fest.

Davies was able to add to the visitors score with another penalty but the drovers came back into the game when a yellow card at ruck saw Cardiff reduced to fourteen. James Garland landed the resulting penalty and was on target again two minutes later to reduce the arrears further. Davies was just wide with a penalty just before half time but the visitors still went into the dressing rooms 9-6 ahead.

The second half saw Garland miss a relatively simple shot to bring the scores level, but when another yellow card, this time for killing the ball enabled him to make amends a few minutes later. From there the game became very scrappy, both sides guilty of not keeping hold of the ball. Indiscipline was eventually to cost the visitors. A series of penalties saw the home side work downfield and when the final penalty came it was in range for Garland who took the Drovers into the lead for the first time. From there it was the home side who took the initiative. Two more Garland penalties put the game out of reach of the Blue & Blacks, the only consolation was a last minute Davies penalty to earn a loosing bonus point.

Scorers and timeline

Attendance: 450

Official : Gwyn Morris (Wales)

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