2013/2014 Principality Premiership
Neath 26 v 28 Cardiff
05 October 2013 - The Gnoll, Neath

Match Report

Neath 26 - Cardiff 28

Cardiff had another good away day in the Premiership at the Gnoll as the Blue & Bacaks made it three wins in a row.

The opening exchanges were pretty even but the first points of the game came from a Neath mistake. The ball was being worked along the line but was spilled and when Cardiff snapped up the loose ball Richard Smith was on Ben Roach’s shoulder to run the try home from 30 metres out, Jack Maynard added the extras.

Three minutes later and the visitors had doubled the lead. Another Neath mistake leading to an attacking line out 5 metres out. From the line out Cardiff worked one way then the other before captain for the day Ellis Jenkins sent a long pass out to Roach who ran into the corner, Maynard converted superbly from wide out and added a snap drop goal to extend the lead.

Neath clawed their way back into the game when Jack Jones was shunted over from a short lineout, but Cardiff had the last say in the first half when Maynard landed his second penalty following the sin binning of Jones for foul play.

The second half saw a revival from the home side, first Kyle Taylor went over. Cardiff though extended the lead two minutes later. Again the defensive effort that has been a major feature over the last few weeks was responsible. Turnover ball gave the Blue & Backs an overlap which saw Dan Fish score his fourth try in tow games.

Neath did stage a late rally when first Gareth Bateman and then Ceri Young scored, but crucially Dai Langdon could only convert one and the Blue & Blacks were able to see out the win in the final few minutes.

Attendance: 1500

Official : Wayne Davies (Wales)

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