Lancaster left to rue missed chances after defeat
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.