Swansea 20 Cardiff 17

Cardiff lost ground on the league leaders with at defeat to Swansea at St Helens

Cardiff had the better of the opening few minutes, but the Whites defence was up to the challenge. And as the half went on the home side grew in confidence, spinning the ball wide at every opportunity. Cardiff were forced to defend, but when Ioan Davies got the ball from a knock forward he broke out towards the Whites half. The ball then went through several phases before the Swansea defence snuffed out the attack close to the line.

The Whites then gained a foothold in the Cardiff half, several penalties saw them gain an opportunity near the Blue & Black line but the lineout malfunctioned and the danger was averted. As half time approached Cardiff worked their way into the Swansea half. Once again the ball was recycled several times before a high tackle presented Gareth Thompson with a penalty opportunity that he duly took. But shortly before the break Steff Williams levelled the scores with a penalty straight in front of the posts.

The second half saw Cardiff take the lead with a beautiful try. A lineout ball that came off the top was moved into midfield. Will Rees-Hole cut a great line and powered over from 25 metres. Thompson added the extras. Swansea hit back shortly after when Duane Eager crossed. The Whites took the lead when Cardiff went down to fourteen as Josh Thomas crossed for a converted try.

Back came Cardiff. A series of attacks were thwarted, but when Swansea knocked the ball forward as Cardiff went for the score Rees-Hole reacted quickest to score. But Swansea were not going to lie down. A delicate chip through allowed Ryan Griffiths to dot down for another unconverted try and that proved to be the difference in the end. Cardiff battled hard in the final few minutes, but the final pass just that didn’t go to hand and a few dropped balls summed up the afternoon. A losing bonus point leaves the Blue & Blacks six points behind Merthyr at the top of the table.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 27 21 0 6 798 501 107
Llandovery 28 20 1 7 803 492 98
Cardiff 26 19 1 6 771 547 95
Ebbw Vale 28 19 1 8 671 512 90
Pontypridd 25 18 0 7 840 480 89
Aberavon 26 17 2 7 612 490 83
Newport 29 16 2 11 726 678 83
Swansea 28 15 0 13 625 552 75
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 26 12 1 13 669 556 73
Carmarthen Quins 29 13 1 15 616 544 71
Llanelli 29 11 1 17 622 710 58
Bedwas 28 10 1 17 615 786 52
Bridgend Ravens 26 9 0 17 544 651 50
Cross Keys 27 5 1 21 552 925 35
Bargoed 27 6 0 21 522 872 33
Neath 27 1 0 26 379 1069 3