2015/2016 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 8 v 24 Aberavon
05 December 2015 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 8 Aberavon 24

Cardiff suffered their second successive defeat in the Principality Premiership and a second defeat by the Wizards in the league this season

A strong wind was swirling around the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park which made conditions difficult to judge. In the first period it looked as if the Blue & Blacks had the wind at their backs. And they were the first to score. The home side had the territorial advantage but the last pass would stick, that was until the sixth minute. The Cardiff Blues in the back line Gareth Davies and Tom Isaacs combined to send fellow Blue Richard Smith through a huge hole to score. Davies added the extras and Cardiff were on their way.

But control of the ball let the Blue & Blacks down again. That allowed the Wizards to get onto the front foot and they were able to gain territory of their own. At the breakdown their back row managed several turnovers and they gained a territorial advantage because of it. They got their first score when a clearance kick was charged down. From the resulting scrum penalty a lineout was set up that saw Sam Williams driven over. James Garland was wide with the conversion.

Aberavon were well ahead on the penalty count as referee Leighton Hodges seemed to take a dislike to anything Cardiff did. And from one of those penalties Cardiff were caught sleeping. Scrum half David Pritchard taking a tap penalty five metres from the line to go between three watching Blue & Black defenders. This time Garland was on target with the extras.

The second period was a stop start affair. Both sides seemed incapable of holding the ball. At nearly every ruck a penalty was awarded stopping any momentum either side was trying to gain. Cardiff went close to levelling the scores when man of the match James Murphy went galloping up the middle, the pass though, as with many others, ended on the floor. And it was Aberavon who sealed victory when Cameron Clement was put through close to the line to score the Wizards third try. Garland added the conversion to give them a 24 -8 victory.

Official : Leighton Hodges (Wales)

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