Cardiff went out of the SWALEC Cup in the first round at a sodden Church Bank on Saturday.
Rain all week had made the pitch very wet, although a short period without rain had allowed the groundsman time to prepare a playable surface. That dry period didn’t last long as the heavens opened again as the team ran onto the field. Those conditions were not going to allow the free flowing game we had seen the week before and both side started the game by trying to gain territory through the boot.
The Blue & Blacks were having the better of the battle and with James Murphy dominating the lineout on both side’s ball they gained a foothold in the Drovers half. That didn’t materialise as points though as the ball seemed to spend a lot of time on the floor. The home side were to have the first chance of points. A penalty attempt by Jack Maynard went wide as did a similar effort by opposite number James Thomas. Both though made amends shortly after from closer range.
Luke Ford slipped through several tackles to offer a chance for the visitors but the final pass fell foul of the conditions. Maynard extended the home side’s lead with another penalty before the best chance of a try in the game. Callum Hall chased down an intelligent kick into the corner of the Drovers twenty-two. Home full back Lee Rees made a hash of collecting the ball and as it spilt over the line Hall was just beaten to the touchdown by Matthew Jacobs.
Half time saw an improvement in the overhead conditions but with the ground still boggy no progress was made by either side after the break. Llandovery were on top in the early stages and Maynard was able to extend their lead with his third penalty. Cardiff responded by trying to rumble their way up-field. Thomas narrowed the gap with his second penalty before Maynard went wide with an attempt for 35 metres out. But it was to be the home sides day as they progress albeit narrowly to the next round.