Llanelli RFC v Cardiff RFC @Parc Y Scarlets 6th Round SWALEC Cup 22/02/09
13 times WRU Cup winners won their way through to the Quarter finals of this years SWALEC sponsored Cup against a very good Cardiff squad in a pulsating match at Parc Y Scarlets.
Llanelli were good value for their 17-6 halftime lead with outside half Luke Richards orchestrating matters. Luke kicked one penalty and converted the two excellent tries from Wales Under 20 International Nic Reynolds and dynamic flanker Luke J.ones.
Cardiff had their opportunities but poor finishing and wrong options, one in particular by scrum half Andy Williams, saw them only able to register a couple of penalties from Gareth Davies which must have frustrated Cardiff’s Coaching Consultant Phil Davies.
Llanelli then opened the second period with great enterprise and within 10 minutes scoring a couple of quick tries from the other ‘Jones boys’ Ian and Nick which Richards converted for a commanding 29-6 lead.
Matthew Brayley then should have scored which would have put the game to bed, however Cardiff managed to stop the score and with them utilizing their strong bench and also the sin-bining of Llanelli No8 Dan Godfrey, they responded with 14 points during that period. A penalty try was awarded following continual infringement at the scrum and replacement Matthew Veater scored close to the posts, both converted by replacement Lee Jarvis. With 5 minutes remaining on the clock plus injury time, another replacement and former international Craig Morgan scored their third try, but a missed conversion and a penalty from Jarvis blew , what could have been, a great comeback win for the Cardiff team .
Seven tries, 5 Yellow Cards and a couple of ‘dust-ups’ this was a top cup match with the Man of the match going to Llanelli’s outstanding skipper Craig Hawkins.”Ripper the Skipper”
Team15.Dan Evans4.Nick Jones.13.Nick Reynolds.12.Matthew Brayley11.Mike Davies10.Luke Richards 9.Gareth Davies.1.Ian Jones.2.Craig Hawkins© 3.Simon Gardner.4.Adam Powell.5.Aaron Shingler6. Luke Jones.7.Simon Peters.8.Dan Godfrey16.Aled Hopkins.(57)17.Luke Lewis.18.Arwel Davies(72) 19. Ben Morgan(77).20.Luke Marsh. 21.Andrew Banfield. 22.Dan Newton
Half TimeLlanelli RFC 17-6 Cardiff RFC
Final…… Llanelli RFC 29-25 Cardiff RFC
Referee James Jones
SWALEC Cup 6th round results
Aberavon 74-0 Llantwit Fardre
Carmarthen Quins 20-22 Neath
Cross Keys 27-26 Pontypridd
Ebbw Vale 13-23 Swansea
Llanelli 29-25 Cardiff
Newport 38-18 Llandovery
Rumney 12-17 Caerphilly
Tonmawr 16-23 Glamorgan Wanderers
Next up for Llanelli RFC will be Cross Keys RFC in the Principality Premiership Home at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday 28th February Kick off 2:30pm