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Monday, November 21, 2022
Toms & Cardiff Remain Undefeated after Swansea Win

Brynley Toms Carrying the Ball
Brynley Toms and his Cardiff Rugby Football Club teammates scored seven tries against Swansea as they maintained their 100% record so far this season.

Cardiff came straight out of the blocks, scoring two Try’s in six minutes. The first came straight from the kick-off. Swansea dropped a clearance kick to give Cardiff a foothold in the Swansea half. Alex Mann made a break that pushed Cardiff further forward and when the ball was recycled the backline created an overlap that Dan Fish exploited putting Dewi Cross over for his ninth Try of the season. From the restart, the home side gained a penalty and marched downfield again. The lineout ball was moved into midfield and when it came to Joe Goodfield he waltzed through the defense and found Tom Habberfield in support, the scrum half going over under the posts.

Swansea then had a purple patch – but so did the Cardiff defense holding out for long periods on their own line. In fact, it took Cardiff nearly another twenty minutes of defense before they managed to score the third. A penalty was again sent into the Swansea half and when Evan Daniel was hauled down the ball was moved to Dewi Cross who split the defense and sent Arron Pinches over. The bonus point Try wouldn’t come before half-time though, A TV review pulled back one opportunity for a forward pass, but Cardiff went in 19-0 up.

The second half started in a similar vein to the first. Cardiff was attacking and nearly scored the fourth, but a dropped pass saw that opportunity go begging. And when the next opportunity was scratched off because of foul play prior to the score Cardiff was reduced to fourteen with a red card. That decision though took nearly six minutes to conclude with the video referee.

The bonus point did eventually come. A series of penalties saw Cardiff gain a five-meter lineout. The seven-man pack drove over with Evan Daniel at the back to drop over. And the hooker was to get a second a few minutes later. Morgan Allen had charged upfield and given Cardiff a great position. A scrum penalty was shunted into the corner. This time the maul broke up but Daniel was a few meters out and was able to crash over following another TV review.

The sixth try came off the training ground. A scrum in the Swansea twenty-two was shifted to Ben Burnell. He found Cross running a lovely line that the Whites had no answer to. Burnell added his fifth conversion but there was one more try to come, and it was arguably the best of the bunch. Swansea knocked on deep in the Cardiff half. Pinches found Burnell who set off into the Swansea half, He found James Beal who linked back to Burnell. His pass to Jacob Lloyd was beautifully timed and the fullback went over to give Cardiff a 45-0 victory.
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