Glamorgan Wanderers 13-29 Cardiff RFC

17 Feb

Glamorgan Wanderers remain rooted to the foot of the Principality Premiership table after suffering a 13-29 defeat at home to Cardiff.

But while Cardiff undoubtedly deserved their win, the scoreline was harsh on the hosts.

Wanderers took a second-minute lead through a Tomos Marks penalty but the fly-half was then at fault for Cardiff’s first try.

His attempted grubber kick was gobbled up by opposing wing Will Jones, who showed his speed before releasing Richard Smith and in turn full-back Steve Taylor to score under the posts.

Scott Sneddon’s conversion put Cardiff 7-3 up.

Darren Ryan touched down to cap an outstanding performance

The hosts hit back with another Marks penalty Cardiff took a firm hold on the game with two tries in as many minutes.

Firtsly, impressive inside centre Darren Ryan took a quick penalty in the Blue and Blacks half and following a series of passes, he received the ball back and touched down under the posts.

Then, from the kick-off, wing Shaun Powell cut a beautiful line to stream up to half-way. A powerful forward drive sucked in Wanderers defence before more good hands allowed hooker Ben Phillips to touch down for one of the tries of the season. Sneddon’s two conversions left the score 6-21.

Wanderers attempted to hit back and besieged the visitors line with a string of pick and drives from the forwards.

A try then could have been crucial but Marks’s failure to see a five-on-one overlap meant the chance went begging. He compounded his error by missing a straight-forward penalty to leave the score 6-21 after a riveting first-half.

Cardiff hooker Ben Phillips rounded off a superb team try

Cardiff furthered their lead early in the second half as Sneddon continued his fine kicking performance with a straight-forward penalty.

And following an ebb-and-flow fifteen minutes, the visitors extra incision again proved damaging to Wanderers as a flowing backs move was superbly finished by Smith.

He joined fellow centre Ryan on the scoresheet after beating four defenders to touch down in the right-hand corner.

Wanderers are nothing if not committed, though, and the introduction of Ceri Llewellyn gave them an added spark on the left wing. With Ryan in the sin-bin for a cynical foul in the red-zone, the substitute scored a well-deserved, if consolatory, try for the hosts.

But that was as good as it got for the hosts as the clock wound down and Cardiff moved into the top six.

Their city rivals, meanwhile, look increasingly certain to suffer the drop this season.

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