2009/2010 British & Irish Cup
Llanelli 21 v 21 Ulster Ravens
12 February 2010 - Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
Ulster Ravens

Match Report

Luck of the Irish?

Llanelli RFC Team V Ulster A 1202/2010 @ Parc Y Scarlets k.o.7:15pm British and Irish Cup

Llanelli were hit with a couple of changes just before kick off with Nathan White and Steve Martin being drafted into the starting line-up for Chris Keenan and Duane Eager.

Favourites Ulster had a confident start and you could see why they had won their two previous British and Irish Cup games. However determined Llanelli were in no mood to be second best in this rousing cup tie, as some excellent defence coupled with clever attacks (spearheaded by outstanding half backs Tavis Knoyle and Dan Newton) were entertaining the sparse crowd.

Three first half penalties from Newton and a try from Rhys Thomas for Llanelli and two penalties for Ulster by Niall o'Connor meant Llanelli went into the changing rooms at half time with a hard fought 14-6 lead.

The second half continued well for Llanelli and another superb break from Newton should have resulted in a try under the posts but the pass went to ground and a golden chance lost. However such was the quality of the Ulster side it was obvious they would get stronger as the game went on and after continued pressure in between the yellow cards of both Nic Cudd (57)and Shaun Hopkins(80) Ulster scored two quick tries from Paul Marshall and Timoci Nagusa with replacement Humphreys kicking one conversion. Humphreys kicked a penalty on 84 minutes for a 21-14 lead  but Llanelli responded magnificently with the last play of game as flanker Aaron Shingler galloped in from 40 metres for another 'Shingler Special ' which in form Dan Newton converted for a well deserved draw.

15.Johnny Lewis.14..Jason Howells13.Nick Reynolds.12.Steve Martin.11.Dale Ford10.Dan Newton.9.Tavis Knoyle 8.Adam Powell.7.Nic Cudd.6.Aaron Shingler.5.Vernon Cooper.4.Nathan White 3.Rhys Thomas.2.Craig Hawkins.(C)1.Shaun Hopkins.

Replacements/subs16.Jamie Corsi.17.Rhys Lawrence 18.Rhydian Geriat(48).20.Ben Morgan(65).21.Justin James.22.Dorian Thomas.

Ulster Ravens

1. Bryan Young, 2. Andi Kyriacou (Captain), 3. Declan Fitzpatrick, 4. Neil McComb, 5. Ryan Caldwell, 6. Thomas Anderson, 7. David Pollock, 8. Robbie Diack, 9. Cillian Willis, 10. Niall O’Connor, 11. Timoci Nagusa, 12. Ian Whitten 13. Mark McCrea, 14. Tommy Seymour, 15. Jamie Smith.16 Nigel Brady, 17 Adam Macklin, 18 Ed O’Donoghue, 19 Willie Faloon, 20 Paul Marshall, 21 Ian Humphreys and 22 Darren Cave

Llanelli 21 - 21
(14 - 6)
Thomas, Shingler
Marshall, Nagusa
Newton 3
O'Connor 2, Humphreys

Attendance: 500

Official : David Walker (Scotland)

Llanelli Ulster Ravens