2013/2014 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 17 v 20 Neath
22 February 2014 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 17 Neath 20

Neath won only their third game of the season as thirteen men hung on to deny Cardiff a win in the last minute.

The Welsh All Blacks came out of the blocks quicker. James Thomas struck an early penalty before Ceri Young scored following good approach work by Dai Langdon. Cardiff didn’t have to wait long before their first points, Jack Phillips finishing off a sweeping move, Jack Maynard added the extras and then landed a tricky penalty to bring the scores level.

The turning point of the half came when Ryan Harford was binned, James Thomas scoring while the Blue & Blacks were a man down. He converted his own try to give the visitors the half time lead.

Cardiff threw everything at Neath in the second half but couldn’t make the breakthrough. That was until Tom Slater took a quick tap penalty to score, Maynard converted to level the scores before Thomas nudged Neath back in front with his second penalty. Cardiff had their chances in the second half and with a series of scrums Neath were reduced to thirteen. But they held on despite calls from the crowd for penalty try to avenge the defeat at the Gnoll earlier in the season.

Attendance: 1500

Official : Greg Morgan (Wales)

Cardiff Neath