Lan­caster left to rue missed chances af­ter de­feat

The Rugby Paper - - Principality Premiership - By NICK SAN­DER­SON Star man Mor­gan Allen - Cardiff

SWANSEA ar­rived with 11 Ospreys academy play­ers, and on the back of con­sec­u­tive wins, but they were well-beaten in the end as high-fly­ing Cardiff made it nine vic­to­ries in a row.

Richard Lan­caster, di­rec­tor of rugby at Swansea, rued the chances his side threw away and they cer­tainly had enough posses­sion, and dom­i­nated for large pe­ri­ods, with­out get­ting their just desserts.

Ben Cam­bri­ani put a toe in touch to lose an early score and was then thrown a hor­ri­ble pass with the line at his mercy. Cardiff didn’t see the ball for the first 11 min­utes, but stayed strong in de­fence be­fore us­ing their scrum to dic­tate pro­ceed­ings.

A kick to the cor­ner af­ter a scrum penalty paved the way for the first try. Two line-outs later No.8 Mor­gan Allen pounced for the open­ing try and Gareth Thomp­son added the ex­tras.

Dan Fish then fielded a poor kick ahead, beat the first de­fender, passed out­side to Will Rees-Hole and then stayed in sup­port to take a re­turn pass and race the length of the 22 to score at the posts. Thomp­son again con­verted be­fore giv­ing his side the per­fect start to the sec­ond half with a 35 me­tre penalty.

His half-back part­ner Lewis Jones then cut through from the base of a ruck 10 me­tres out and the con­ver­sion made it 24-0 be­fore Swansea picked up a con­so­la­tion try at the death by re­place­ment hooker Paul John from a driv­ing line-out.

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