2016/2017 Principality Premiership
Neath 20 v 19 Cardiff
08 October 2016 - The Gnoll, Neath

Match Report

Neath 20 - Cardiff 19

Cardiff slumped to a third successive Premiership defeat at the Gnoll as they failed to capitalise on a dominant second half.

The first ten minutes saw both sides feeling each other out and trying to gain an advantage. The Blue & Blacks seemed to be gaining that advantage but it was Neath who scored first. Cardiff were on the attack, but when a lose pass was picked off they raced to the other end and wing Aaron Grabham dived over. Within a few minutes the visitors were level. As series of attacks created space wide out and Gareth Thompson raced through a gap to touchdown. Both tries went unconverted, but Iwan Evans was on target with a penalty for Neath. And that lead was extended when Dan Gaurdneri crossed from Neath just before half time.

The second half was a scrappy affair, a lot of whistle and not a lot of play. When the ball was used it created several chances. Cardiff got back to within a point when the pace of James Beal outpaced the defence to score. Thompson added the conversion. The Welsh All Blacks went a score clear again when another loose pass fell to Grabham. There was only one outcome and Evans added the extras. Cardiff though were becoming dominant and there was no surprise when they got back within striking distance. Thompson was again the man to provide the score as he glided through a gap. His conversion left the Blue & Blacks one point behind with fifteen minutes left. But it wasn't enough as a lack of precision and the Neath defence held them out.

Attendance: 925

Official : Emanuele Tomo (Italy)

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