Llanelli RFC v Cardiff RFC @ Parc Y Scarlets 15/11/08
The dreams of the Scarlets hierarchy Gallagher and Evans at one time looked impossible, then highly improbable, but against all odds they have delivered, Croeso i Barc Y Scarlets.!!
In front of a crowd of 4,382 Huw Evans opened proceedings in immaculate fashion and introduced the Chaplin Eldon Phillips who cast some of the hallowed Stradey Park soil onto the new playing surface.
Coaches Paul Fisher and Vernon Cooper had their first training session in the new indoor barn on Thursday evening and had meticulously planned. To win rugby matches, it’s about training environments, coaching preparations and application, but perhaps the main ingredient is the want of victory and if it was for that reason only, Llanelli were not going to lose this match.
Cardiff who were ‘strong ‘on paper, included Internationals Chris Czekaj, Rhys Williams, Lee Jarvis and Craig Morgan but struggled to cope with the organisation and commitment of the Principality Premiership leaders.
Outside half Rhys Priestland contributed 22 points with five penalties, one drop goal and two conversions of the history making Jon Davies try and young tight head prop’s Simon Gardner 86th minute try who put the icing on the cake for his coaches.
But whatever the result this was a fantastic historic occasion that started way back in 1872 .
Next up for Llanelli RFC will be a mid week game away against Ebbw Vale RFC in the Principality Premiership on Tuesday 25th November Kick off 7:15pm.
Team15.Dan Newton.14.Matthew Jacobs.13.Nick Reynolds.12.Jon Davies 11.Nick Jones10.Rhys Priestland 9.Gavin Cattle.1.Ian Jones.2.Ken Owens 3.Aled Hopkins.4.Dominic Day.5.Aaron Shingler.6.Josh Turnbull.7.Nic Cudd.8.Dan Godfrey© 16.Simon Gardner(71).17.Craig Hawkins.(60)18.Adam Powell(68) 19Luke Jones(46).20.Gareth Davies(50) 21 Matthew Brayley (75)22 Andrew Banfield(75)
Half Time… Llanelli RFC 12-3 Cardiff RFC
Final………. Llanelli RFC 32-3 Cardiff RFC
Referee Phil Fear
Principality Premiership results for Saturday, 15th November2008
Bridgend 23-14 Pontypool
Cross Keys 27-25 Llandovery
Ebbw Vale 9-13 Glamorgan Wanderers
Neath 14-9 Swansea
Newport 12-17 Aberavon
Pontypridd 23-14 Bedwas