2017/2018 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 45 v 20 Llanelli
18 April 2018 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 42 Llanelli 20

Cardiff produced a much improved performance to register a bonus point win over a Llanelli side that threw everything into the game.

On a sunny evening at the Arms Park it was Cardiff who had the better of the first quarter. But it wasn’t until the 16th minute that the first point were registered. Cardiff had been under pressure on their own line but managed to fend off the attack and win a penalty which was cleared to half way. At the line out another offence meant the Blue & Blacks could go to the corner. The lineout catch and drive didn’t work first time but a splinter group was former and hooker Nathan Huish was at the back of it to score his first try for Cardiff. Gareth Thompson improved the score with the conversion.

And Thompson was to extend the lead two minutes later when a Llanelli backs move went wrong and the ball was intercepted. Will Rees-Hole and Adam Jones combined to free the fly half to score a try he converted. Ioan Hughes got Llanelli on the scoreboard with a penalty before another first try for Cardiff was registered when Amir Jiwa-Waji was sent clear by Thompson. Having taken a knock in the move Thompson gave way to Llywarch Ap Myrddin who added the extras for a half time 21-3 advantage.

Some of the spectators had not returned to their seats before Cardiff registered the bonus point try as straight for the kick off Cardiff charged down filed, pressured Llanelli into a mistake that gave the Blue & Blacks the ball. A few pick and drives later and Huish was shunted over for his second try of the match. That spurred Llanelli into action and they suddenly looked very threatening with the ball in hand. Ashley Evans grabbed a try that got them going and when Nathan Hart added another the game seemed very different. But Cardiff defended their line before the momentum swung back. A great tackle by Luke Crocker meant scrappy ball for Llanelli and as they shipped it on Will Rees-Hole was able to get his hands on it to score. That seemed to settle some nerves but when Llanelli scored again it was obvious the game was not over.

It took until four minutes from time for the Blue & Blacks to finally kill the game. Will Rees-Hole grabbed a second after great work by the back row. And with the last move of the game Man of the Match Thompson put Corey Howells through a gap, the powerful winger racing under the posts for a try that Thompson converted giving Cardiff a 45-20 win.

Official : Simon Rees (Wales)

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