2016/2017 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 23 v 28 Llandovery
24 September 2016 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 23 - Llandovery 28

Cardiff lost their unbeaten home record at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday as Llandovery won a close fought game.

The Blue & Blacks made a fantastic start to the game, something that is becoming a bit of a habit. A set move saw the ball moved along the back line and when Ceri Young entered the line he created the extra man. His pass to Rhun Williams set the full back into space and when he fed Olly Smyth allowing him to shoot down the side-line. Williams continued his run in support and Smyth’s beautifully timed his pass the fullback over.

Former Cardiff outside half Jack Maynard got the Drovers on the board with a penalty shortly after and is was his break that set up the visitor’s first try. Gliding between the defenders he was able to put Shaun Pearce over. Jarrod Evans levelled things up before things got even better for Llandovery shortly before the break. Some sloppy play in midfield by the home side gave the Drovers turnover ball and when they moved it wide wing Aaron Warren was able to spot two forwards in front of him and power between them to score, Maynard added the extras and added a late first half penalty for an 18-8 half time lead.

The second half was a very scrappy affair punctuated by the whistle. The stop start nature of the game meant no real momentum for either side. The Blue & Blacks managed to claw their way back into the game as Morgan Sienaiwski was making a nuisance of himself. And when he stole a ball mid-way into the Drovers half, quick hands put Smyth over in the corner. Evans expertly converted and then levelled things up again with a penalty to make it 18 all.

But Maynard was still pulling the strings expertly for the Drovers and when he pushed the ball deep into the Cardiff half the chase was good enough to earn a penalty that he converted. And when Cardiff were again caught in possession in their own half he spotted the space out wide to send Berian Watkins over. That left Cardiff with a lot to do to get back into the game. They forced their way over with 5 minutes left through a second from Smyth, but with time running out they could not find a way through despite a series of late penalties, coming away from the game with only a losing bonus point.

Before the game Penarth and Chippenham RFC met at under 10 level. The children were able to meet the team after the game before watching their U15 counterparts play.

Attendance: 350

Official : Rhys Thomas (Wales)

Cardiff Llandovery