2016/2017 Principality Premiership
Llanelli 14 v 28 Cardiff
03 December 2016 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

Match Report

Llanelli 14 Cardiff 28

Cardiff moved into the top eight as they beat Llanelli at Parc-Y-Scarlets for the third time in a row.

The start of the game was mostly played out between the two twenty-twos with neither side gaining the early advantage. Llanelli were first to score. Ryan Conbeer on the end of a pass from fullback Leon Randall, the flying wing outpacing the defence for a try that Billy McBryde converted. Cardiff hit back a few minutes later. Gareth Thompson, who is in a rich scoring vein, spotting no one home behind the defensive line. His chip skidding over the try line and the fly half was able to touch it down and convert to level the scores.

Two minutes later and the Blue & Blacks were in front. Cam Dolan - who nearly ran in an interception try last week – this week went all the way over as he read a midfield move on the ten metre line. The rangy No8. had the pace to go all the way, Thompson was on target with the extras.  Cardiff though had to fend the rest of the half with fourteen as a yellow card at a scrum 10 metres out. But for some strange reason Llanelli opted to go for the corner rather than use their main weapon. Seb Davies disrupted the throw and the ball was cleared sending Cardiff into half time 14-7 up.

The second half saw the home side throw the kitchen sink at the Blue & Blacks. The defence though was outstanding. Several close lineouts were repelled and when Llanelli moved the ball wider the tackles were made and the home side driven back. And when one of those defensive efforts dislodged the ball it was hacked downfield. James Beal nearly crossing the line. As the ball was recycled though Cam Dolan was on hand to rip the ball away from the tackle and cross for his second. Thompson was again on target with the extras. Back again came Llanelli this time they did get reward for their effort as Cronbeer again showed his pace for a converted try.

That left fifteen minutes on the clock, and from there it was Cardiff who controlled the game to the finish. The bonus point try arrived from another turnover. This time Will Rees Hole the man to rampage down the middle. When the ball was stopped short at a ruck a simple pass to Kieron Assarratti allowed the prop to bulldoze his way over. Thompson added the extras but was to hit the post with a last minute penalty. But by then the game was safe as the Cardiff rear-guard saw out time for a 28-14 win. With Ebbw Vale losing in North Wales the Blue & Blacks jumped up to eight place with three games left.

A two game break from the league now sees two games, home and away against Neath in the Challenge Cup before the visit of Pontypridd on Friday 23rd. Cardiff also travel to play Clwb Rygbi Cymry Caerdydd on Saturday 10th at Pontcanna Fields (2pm)  as Clwb celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Official : Gwyn Morris (Wales)

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