Monster began the Graham Rowntree era with defeat at Cardiff. · The42

Cardiff Rugby 20

Monster 13

Monster began the Graham Rowntree era with defeat as they were beaten for the first time in four years by Cardiff.

This was an uncharacteristically poor performance from Monster who made several non-force fouls and was the second best performer in the contact area.

Monster got off to a bad start when a weak interference from Finnen Witcherley on Max Llewellyn allowed the big quarterback to stand on his feet to run unopposed to the attempt. Ben Healey managed to score the visitors on the scoreboard with a tricky penalty kick from 35 meters from the corner.

Cardiff suffered a major blow when superstar Liam Williams was forced off the field after sustaining an arm injury.

Monster began working his way back into the match, and a crucial break from former New Zealand midfielder Malakai Feketwa, who had suffered a disappointing appearance to this point, put the Irish province ahead.

The Irish county appeared almost certain to cross the try line after Shane Daly danced his way past Jarrod Evans before dropping to Liam Combs, who stopped within centimeters of the line.

Cardiff’s defensive line was excellent which meant that Monster had to make do with three points from Healey’s boot that put them up front against the course of play. But Cardiff responded to the first-half strike when he sent a well-timed inside ball from prostitute Christian Dassi to Llewellyn working his way through a gap. The big midfield advanced in a draw with the last defender of Monster to put Dassi on the try. Evans turned meaning Monster turned 12-6 late in the first half.

Cardiff has not made the most of its regional advantages, and it has cost it. Monster won a penalty on the collapse and proceeded to shoot the ball deep into the Cardiff half.

The visitors went through the stages, and after a period of constant pressure on the Cardiff streak, Jack O’Sullivan made the pass from short range. Jack Crowley added the extras to put Monster ahead with just 15 minutes left.

Game overview.

Source: Alex James / INPHO

But Cardiff came back to life with some great maneuvering from the likes of Priestland and Samoa central Ray Lee-Lo finding the edges with both Josh Adams and James Botham coming close to scoring. Cardiff were inches from the Monster attempt streak, but some sarcastic violations from the visitors saved the attempt, but that meant they lost their lead as Evans scored three points.

Cardiff put the score without a doubt when a massive foot movement from Willis Hallahulu put Aled Summerhill into the extreme right corner.

Cardiff rugby scorers

Try – M Llewellyn 4, K Dacey 38, A Summerhill 79

Negatives – J. Evans 39]

pens – 69

Scorers Münster

Try – 62

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Negatives – 63

pens – B Healy 17, 30

Cardiff rugby: Williams (R Priestland 29); A Summerhill, R. Lee-Lo, M. Llewellyn (U Halaholo 70), J Adams; J. Evans, T. Williams; R Carey, K. Dacy (L Belcher 57), Day Lewis (D Grizzly 70), J Turnbull, S Davies (M Schrick 75), J Bothham, T Young (Timani 64), T Valitau.

Unused alternatives: R Barratt, L Williams,

Monster: Daly C Nash, C Farrell (A Frisch 55), M Fekitoa, L Coombes; Ben Healy, P Patterson; J Witcherley (De Kilquin 54), N Scannell (De Baron 55), K Knox (R Salanoa 53), J Klein, F Witcherley, J O’Donoghue, A Kindlin (J Hodnet 40), J O’Sullivan.

Unused alternatives: T. Ahern, N. Cronin, J. Crowley

star man: Taulupe Valitau (Cardiff Rugby)

Rule: Mike Adamson (Scotland).