Llantrisant RFC v Llanelli RFC (away) 4th Round SWALEC Cup 20/12/08
Due to the Scarlets playing home to the Blues in the Magners League, this 4th Round SWALEC Cup tie was switched to Llantrisant.
The game got off to a flyer with Llanelli on the attack but an 80metre interception run nearly produced a home try, Llanelli’s scramble defence managed to stop the try but were penalised at the break-down which was kicked by scrum half Ian Worgan.
The 13 times cup winners Llanelli RFC led by the inspirational Craig Hawkins ,were in determined mood not to slip up in such difficult weather and under-foot conditions and soon responded with an excellent try from the impressive James Bater. Outside half Luke Richards kicked the conversion out of the mud, then Worgan and Richards exchanged penalties before half time in a match where Llanelli were playing good rugby in the deteriorating conditions and Llantrisant putting up terrific resistance.
Within two minutes of the second half Llanelli extended their lead with another Richards’s penalty and could have further extended the lead but opted to take the scrum under the Llantrisant posts. Then after a third re-set scrum referee David Jones awarded Llanelli a penalty try which Luke Richards converted. Leading 20-6, Llanelli scored a superb team try which covered the length of the field but the pass was judged ‘forward’ to the dismay of wing Mike Davies. Opposite wing Nick Jones did touch down a couple of minutes later after a fine movement by the backs which Luke Richards converted for another 100% kicking exhibition.
Llantrisant were playing with true commitment right up to the final whistle and got their reward in the 84th minute when Rhys King scored a good try which Worgan converted to end an entertaining cup tie.
The draw for the 5th round will be on Tuesday 23rd December, with the games to be played weekend 23/24/25th January 09
Team15.Matthew Jacobs14.Nick Jones.13.Nick Reynolds.12.Matthew Brayley11.Mike Davies10.Luke Richards 9.Justin James.1.Ian Jones.2.Craig Hawkins© 3.Aled Hopkins.4.Adam Powell.5.Luke Jones.6.Simon Peters.7.James Bater.8.Dan Godfrey16.Shaun Hopkins.(48)17.Greg George.18.Simon Gardner(75) 19Gareth Davies.20.Carwyn Owen. 21.Daniel Norton.
Half Time… Llantrisant RFC 6-10 Llanelli RFC
Final………. Llantrisant RFC 13-27 Llanelli RFC
Referee David Jones
Next up for Llanelli RFC will be Swansea RFC in the Principality Premiership at Parc Y Scarlets on Boxing Day Frirday 26th December Kick off 3:00pm.
Other SWALEC Cup 4th round results
Aberavon 49-16 Kidwelly
Bargoed 28-21 UWIC
Beddau 0-45 Llandovery
Bedwas 15-18 Newbridge
Bethesda 17-55 Cardiff
Bonymaen 5-13 Pontypool
Bridgend Athletic 72-3 Chepstow
Bridgend 37-6 Pencoed
Builth Wells 37-3 Bryncoch
Carmarthen Quins 31-3 BP Llandarcy
Corus P-P Fleur De Lys
Crymych 5-31 Cross Keys
Felinfoel 31-38 Caerphilly
Gilfach Goch 22-3 Cwmbran
Glamorgan Wands 48-17 Carmarthen Athletic
Llandudno 3-73 Ebbw Vale
Llanharan 81-0 Ynysddu
Llantwit Fardre 22-14 Aberavon Quins
Maesteg 5-50 Neath
Narberth 64-0 Kenfig Hill
Newport 40-21 Blackwood
Penallta P-P Llangennech
Pill Harriers 5-41 Tredegar
Pontypridd 64-5 Dunvant
Rumney 55-3 Tumble
Swansea 104-3 Bala
Talywain 6-8 Garndiffaith
Tondu 20-15 Treorchy
Tonmawr 22-3 Bedlinog
Whitland 25-13 Ystrad Rhondda
Ynysybwl 40-5 Briton Ferry