Swansea reclaim the Welsh Varsity cup after epic at the Millennium Stadium

A TREMENDOUS second-half fightback from Swansea University sealed a 21-13 win over Cardiff University in the Welsh Varsity match at the Millennium Stadium.

Taken by: Kate Sherwood

Taken by: Kate Sherwood

 

Cardiff had led 10-0 at the break before Swansea turned the tide on the side from the capital.

Swansea’s win over Cardiff is their first in any competition since their last Welsh Varsity victory back in 2011.

“Tonight’s win is something I want to hold on to and cherish,” said Swansea’s captain Jon Vaughan. “It’s one of those things that probably won’t ever happen again.

“To play in front of 14,000 people in your national stadium and win, it’s a fantastic feeling.”

Cardiff opened the scoring after 14 minutes; Charlie Simpson slotting home a penalty.

Swansea’s problems mounted mid-way through the first half when Reuben Tucker was sent to the sin-bin for illegal use of the boot in the ruck.

The damage was almost instantaneous; following a brutal rolling maul, Cardiff’s Arthur Ellis was able to dab it down for the first try of the game.

Simpson followed it up with the conversion to make it 10-0.

Swansea were forced to weather the storm but hung on to go into the break without conceding further.

The Swansea side emerged for the second half with added vigour.

A minute into the second half Cardiff were caught too central which allowed Sam Soul to find space down the right to score.

Fly-half Ianto Griffiths failed to convert the kick.

Swansea conceded another penalty soon after, Simpson finding the mark to make it 13-5.

Cardiff needlessly gave away a penalty one minute after the restart.

Max Woodward penalised for not rolling away.

Griffiths proceeded to score a fantastic kick from half-way much to the delight of the Swansea faithful.

It was Cardiff’s turn to go down to 14 men when prop James Pearce was sent to the bin for repeated offences.

They would pay the price minutes later, when winger Andrew Claypole outpaced the Cardiff defence, before a clever grubber kick from Dion Jones
allowed replacement Connor Lloyd to score on his varsity debut.

Griffiths with the conversion.

Cardiff continued to look dangerous as the clock ticked down but thanks to two more penalties from Griffiths, Swansea were able to hold on for the win.

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY 21 – 13 CARDIFF UNIVERSITY

Attendance: 14,103

 

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