Bridgend RFC v Llanelli RFC RFC 25/10/08
Llanelli led by Craig Hawkins travelled to the Brewery Field and made
five changes from their previous week’s defeat to Pontypridd .
Dan Newton Matthew Brayley,Gareth Davies,Aled Hopkins and Josh Turnbull were all to play significant parts in this encouraging away win.
Llanelli got off to a flying start keeping possession for the first 5 minutes of the game resulting in wing Matthew Jacobs touching down. Prestland converted and then extended the lead in the 15th minute with a well struck penalty.
Llanelli’s young scrum half Gareth Davies was having good match with a quality service which Priestland and his backs were thriving on. Priestland was also looking accomplished in everything he did displaying a maturity to his game and bringing his three quarters into action at every opportunity and it was probably his willingness to keep ball in hand that seemed to set the tone for the whole match as both sides attempted to play expansive and entertaining rugby.
A Craig Hawkins quick throw in from halfway set off another fine attack as wing Nick Jones went over the left hand corner and two minutes later ‘Ripper the Skipper’
nipped in for his teams third try after a super break from Nic Reynolds.. Just before half time Llanelli secured a bonus point, when full Back Dan Newton scored, showing good awareness as he looped around his winger Jacobs after a line-split from the physical Brayley who then found his winger with a long 20 metre pass.
In the 50th minute, shell shocked Bridgend gave a last roll of the dice as they sent on four replacements including Ospreys David Bishop and Ed Shevrington and as one supporter shouted” we won’t win this if we don’t take anybody off and play them with 19 players.” How wrong he was to be as the replacements along with the sin binning of Dan Godfrey five minutes later proved to be the turning point as Bridgend started to play and ran in a couple of excellent tries from forwards Karl Hocking and James Connors with Gareth David kicking one conversion. Former Scarlet Gareth Bowen kicked a penalty in the 81st minute for a losing bonus point as Llanelli defended for a further seven nervous minutes into injury time.
Team15.Dan Newton.14.Matthew Jacobs.13.Nick Reynolds.12.Matthew Brayley 11.Nick Jones10.Rhys Priestland 9.Gareth Davies.1.Ian Jones.2.Craig Hawkins3.Aled Hopkins.4.Adam Powell.5.Aaron Shingler.6.Josh Turnbull7.Nic Cudd.8.Dan Godfrey 16.Shaun Hopkins(79).17.Ricky Guest(65).18.simon Gardner(52) 19Luke Jones(79).20 Justin James 21.Luke Richards(65) 22 Andrew Banfield(72)
Half Time… Bridgend RFC 3-25 Llanelli RFC
Final………. Bridgend RFC 18-25 Llanelli RFC
Other Principality Premiership results for Saturday, 25th October 2008
Bedwas 17-22 Llandovery
Cross Keys 30-16 Pontypool
Ebbw Vale 29-10 Neath
Glamorgan Wanderers 16-28 Newport
Pontypridd 27-14 Aberavon
Swansea 26-28 Cardiff
Next up for Llanelli RFC will be Newport RFC @ Rodney Parade on Saturday 25th October.kick off 2:30pm.