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Sunday, January 05, 2020
Toms & Cardiff Return to Winning Ways

Brynley Toms and his Cardiff teammates got back to winning ways as they secured a bonus point win 35 – 14 against Llanelli at the Arms Park.

Cardiff made the better start and it looked like they were on the scoreboard first. A driving lineout from a penalty was pulled down and referee Craig Evans went under the posts and awarded a penalty try and a yellow card. But a review by the TMO spotted an offence and both the try and the yellow card were scratched off.

The next quarter of the game belonged to the defenses, both sides wanted to move the ball but they were shut down on every occasion. It was 23 minutes in before the first score. A break by Jason Harries set Ioan Davies free. He fed James Beal who was hauled down short. The support was there though and a few pick and drives had sucked in the Llanelli defenders. Two simple passes and Davies was able to finish off a move that had started in the home twenty-tow. Thompson added the extras.

Llanelli outside half Ian Hughes was wide with a penalty kick before Cardiff scored again. A lineout was stopped near the Llanelli line, but when the ball was spread Thompson put Max Llewellyn in space. The center powered over for Cardiff’s second try.

If Cardiff thought it would be more of the same in the second half they were made to thin again. Whatever was said at halftime inspired the visitors and within seven minutes they were level. Two bursts up the middle provided them with tries for Tom Rodgers and Dane Blacker, both converted by Davies. But Cardiff were getting on top up front. Another penalty went to the corner but was dragged down. As the ball was recycled several times the visitors simply couldn’t stop the Cardiff advance, eventually Harries powering over under the sticks. The bonus point try came a few minutes later. Yet another offence by Llanelli had reduced them to fourteen and this time the catch and drive worked. Evan Yardley at the ball to score a try Dan Fish converted.

Cardiff dominated the last quarter but only managed to get one more score. A long period of attacking and phase play led them to the corner, when the ball came back towards the posts man of the match Morgan Allen was on hand to finish things off. Fish converted and Cardiff were back to winning ways.
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