2012/2013 Principality Premiership
Cardiff 22 v 48 Llandovery
01 September 2012 - Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff

Match Report

Cardiff 22 – 48 Llandovery

What the Papers Say - Huw S Thomas reports:

Llandovery recorded their fourth consecutive Premiership win over Cardiff with a great display of attacking rugby which saw them run in six tries at the famous Arms Park. They were the only Premiership side on Saturday to get a full house of five points and are early sitters at the top of the table.

The Drovers finished fourth in last year’s campaign but on this crisp and decisive form they look capable of an even higher finish.

They played adventurous rugby from the start and completely dominated the first half with a brand of fluid, open rugby that was a credit to the club and its coaches Lyndon Lewis and Euros Evans. Producing fifteen man rugby which had forwards as comfortable as backs in ambition and execution, the Drovers swept the ball around the park.

The back line entertained as a unit and individually, with both dashing full back Lee Rees and wing Chris Knight showing great energy, vision and pace in a five star display. Half backs Rhodri Williams and Cerith Rees opened the game out at will, centres Adam Warren and Jack Roberts were as sharp as knives in midfield and wing Sam Soul always threatened with his speed and bulk.

Lee Rees made two tries for the very quick Knight - the first with a finely judged kick and the second with a perfect pass - and with prop Owen Evans – son of former Wales prop Ricky Evans - also crossing Llandovery were deservedly and convincingly clear 33-3 at half time. The gap could have been even more as three or four chances went a begging near the Cardiff line.

Cardiff made a better fist of the second half and started off with a well taken try from their best forward, flanker Reuben Tucker. But Llandovery for whom former Blues lock Bryn Griffiths made a storming debut, soon had a bonus point in the bag when tireless skipper and flanker Phil Day crossed wide out.

Fly half Cerith Rees went off after contributing a total of 18 points with the boot before the irrepressible Lee Rees and outstanding No 8 Richard Brooks added more tries despite the temporary absence of sin binned lock Shaun Jones.

Two tries in the last 10 minutes from wing Matt Smith and Tucker exposed some Llandovery defensive frailties and gave Cardiff a modicum of consolation.

The Drovers travel to the Gnoll this Saturday in an attempt to record a first ever away win over Neath. The Welsh All Blacks beat Swansea 23-9 in their first game and will offer a far sterner challenge than a Cardiff side that looks set to struggle over the coming months.

Official : Ian Davies (Wales)

Team Sheets


Cardiff Llandovery