Skewen 10 v 57 Cardiff
12 August 2016 - Tennant Park, Skewen

Match Report

Skewen 10 Cardiff 57

Cardiff opened their 2016/17 season's account with a hard fought win at Tennant Park.

The home side cheered on by a large home crowd, but it was the Blue & Blacks who controlled the early stages. It was no surprise when they scored the first points, Wayne Decruz being put through a large hole in the home defence by captain Luke Ford. Gareth Thompson was on target with the extras and he was with a penalty a few minutes later. In between Skewen scored a try of their own as James Price was shunted over from a lineout.

But Cardiff were playing with a freedom in the backs and when Olli Smyth broke through Dacruz was on hand to score his second. The driving lineout was to provide try number three as hooker Joe Tomlinson was at the back of the maul to score. The backs provided the next try. Ford stripped the ball away near the Cardiff line and raced clear. The home wing managed to catch him with 30 metres to go but Smyth was on hand to complete the near length of the field score. Just before half time man of the match Morgan Sienaiwski scrambled over after another team try. Thompson was on target with all the conversions as Cardiff went to the break 38-5 up.

The second half saw changes to both sides as the coaching staff tried out various options. But the Blue & Blacks were still playing in the same manor, strong attacking running and organised defence. The sixth try saw Smyth get his brace. Full back Lewis Montague making a break from his own 22 before handing off to the speedy winger. Thompson again with the conversion.

Tomlinson scored his brace a few minutes later following a catch and drive, Cody Rees with the extras this time. Skewen got a try back late on in the game , but it was Sienaiwski who was to have the final word as he powered his way over with final play of the game. Rees added the conversion for a 57-10 win