Slack Swansea crushed by Cardiff at Varsity

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Swansea University men’s rugby team suffered a 33-13 defeat to Cardiff in the Welsh Varsity showpiece at the Millennium Stadium.

The defeat came on the back of a disappointing season which saw Swansea finish fifth in the Premier South A, while Cardiff finished third and completed the double over the green and white army.

The latest defeat was also the first time Swansea had lost the Varsity rugby match in three years.

Coach Richard Lancaster said: “We just didn’t execute our game plan.

“Once Cardiff scored their first try, it became a game of set plays, which was nutrition for the Cardiff side to play the style of rugby that suits them.”

He added: “It’s disappointing as it is the last game of the season. It is something to store and use as fuel for next season.”

Swansea University started off the brighter of the two teams, going 6-0 up after 10 minutes, courtesy of Swansea fly-half Aled Lewis’ boot.

Cardiff recovered from their slow start and 15 minutes later, lock Nicholas Huntley dived over the Swansea try line but the conversion was missed by fly-half Cameron Plimlow.

On the half hour mark, Cardiff’s dominance led to Swansea conceding a penalty on their five-metre line, providing the opportunity for openside flanker Arthur Ellis to cross the line and hand Cardiff a 12-6 lead with a converted try.

Three minutes later, Plimlow extended the lead to 15-6 by scoring a drop-goal from 22 metres out.

Swansea were dealt a blow in the closing stages of the first half when scrum-half Tom Rowlands was sent to the sin-bin for deliberately obstructing a player whilst in an offside position.

Five minutes into the second half, Plimlow extended Cardiff’s lead to 18-6 by slotting his second drop-goal from 15 metres out.

And soon after the their third try of the match came through prop and captain Jake Cooper-Woolley.

It started from a line-out 10 metres from Swansea’s try line which was collected by Craig Lodge and knocked down to Jonny MacDonald, and he fed Cooper-Woolley who evaded the tackles of Swansea’s Michael Thomas and Reuben Tucker to score.

The try was unconverted yet Cardiff’s lead was extended to 23-6 with 30 minutes to go.

Swansea went on the attack and 10 minutes of sustained pressure resulted in Cardiff’s Ellis receiving a yellow card for a culmination of offences.

And with 15 minutes left, Swansea scored their first try of the match following an attack down the right, and winger Jackson Szabo managed to cross over after being tackled by Cardiff’s Rhys Howells and Charlie Simpson.

Fly-half Aled Lewis added the extras and reduced the deficit to 10 points, with the score 23-13.

But Cardiff made sure there would be no late fightback by scoring two more tries.

The pick of them came two minutes from time from a delicate move along the backline which saw replacement winger Steffan Morgan switch an inside ball to fellow winger Howells who crossed the try line.

Cardiff captain Cooper-Woolley said: “We had maximum effort from the boys and the result shows it.”

Swansea University 1sts 13-33 Cardiff University 1sts

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