Clinical Cardiff take the points at Arms Park

Five tries to two was was final tally in this entertaining televised game. When the home side were in the ‘red zone’ they took full advantage and ran out comfortable winners. The home side made a strong start and were awarded a penalty try for illegally bringing down a driving lineout. But the television match official intervened and referee had to rule out the try for obstruction. Llanelli had their fair share of possession and territory in the first half but too many unforced errors undermined their game plan. The home side scored their first try when full back Ioan Davies crossed wide out, Gareth Thompson added the extras. Soon after a second try came when Max Llewelyn powered over from close range, Thompson again added the extras. At the half Cardiff led 14-0.

Llanelli bounced back to level the scores within five minutes of the restart. A super break by lock forward Chris Long saw him offload to supporting full back Tom Rogers who finished well, Ioan Hughes added the conversion. Almost immediately a great offload by Danny Drake freed centre Ioan Nicholas who again was well supporting scrum half Dane Blacker who completed the touch down.  Hughes added the extras to level the scores. After a further ten minutes of sparring, replacements were introduced and the home side added their third try when former Wales Sevens wing Jason Harries powered over, replacement Dan Fish was successful with the conversion. A yellow card for Llanelli’s replacement Dylan Lawley saw the home side add their bonus point try when Evan Yardley scored from a driving maul. Morgan Allen completed the scoring with the last play to round off the home win.

Final Score Cardiff 35-14 Llanelli

llanelli have a week off to recover and travel to Colwyn Bay on the 18th Jan to take on RGC.

TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Cardiff 16 13 0 3 396 243 61
Carmarthen Quins 17 10 3 4 372 278 54
Aberavon 16 11 0 5 371 272 53
Llandovery 16 9 2 5 344 285 48
Pontypridd 18 10 0 8 394 376 47
Merthyr 18 8 0 10 362 374 44
RGC 1404 17 8 1 8 409 381 43
Newport 15 7 0 8 294 278 37
Swansea 17 7 0 10 246 292 35
Llanelli 15 6 0 9 293 412 27
Ebbw Vale 17 4 2 11 283 351 27
Bridgend Ravens 18 3 0 15 271 493 19