2014/2015 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 34 v 26 Neath
13 December 2014 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 34 Neath 26

Cardiff ran in five tries as the gained a bonus point win at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park

The open twenty five minutes saw the Blue & Blacks play some of the best rugby they have played all season. James Whittingham got the scoreboard ticking as the pack dominated the Neath eight. A short range penalty giving the home side an early advantage.

And Whittigham himself increased the lead a few minutes later. A hack downfield by Neath landed in his arms near the half way line. A quick look up and he spotted space behind the advancing line, put a kick through into the twenty tow before chasing it down himself. His one handed pick up enabled him to wrong foot the defence and score under the posts. For good measure he added the extras.

Mike Stephens was next in the spotlight as he was put over by a great break by Will Thomas. His second was straight off the training ground as Shaun Powell popped a pass to Stephens who cut through a hole to score the third. Three minutes later the bonus point try came. The forwards had worked a great position near the opponents line and when Scott Andrews was stopped just short he was able to release the ball to Tom Slater who ran in unopposed.

But that wasn’t the full story of the game, from there Cardiff seemed to loose their way. Neath got a try back shortly before half time, Tom James going over from five metres out. At half time the coaching staff must have really got into the ears of the Wels All Blacks as they were a different side in the second half. Cardiff made too many mistakes and Neath capitalised on anything. First Daffydd Thomas darted through a static defence to score and when Jamie Davies scooted over in the corner the panic button needed to be pushed.

Cue the forwards doing what they had done for most of the first half. A Neath defensive lineout was disrupted and when the ball was eventually worked to the back of a rolling maul Rhys Williams was there to plough over and seal the win. Neath did get a bonus point of their own when Dafydd Hopkinson scored but the Blue & Blacks were deserved winners.


Attendance: 350

Official : Daniel Jones (Wales)

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